Elevate - Graduate Programs at Saint Marys"

Gain the tools to lead your practice. Be a part of an evolving field of medicine.
Catherine Shah, DNP Candidate

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Program Highlights

  • Tracks available
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Small class size
  • Accessible faculty
  • Primarily online
  • 2-3 courses per term
  • 1 weekend visit to campus each term
  • Completion of clinical work in your hometown
  • No tuition increase from term to term
  • No prior work experience required
  • No GRE required

Application Deadline June 15

Be an Agent of Change. Earn Your DNP.

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Saint Mary's College offers you a choice of dynamic tracks focusing on: adult-gerontology or family practice. In addition to advanced assessment, diagnosis and practice skills, you’ll gain expertise in data analytics, healthcare policy advocacy, and interprofessional collaboration for improving health outcomes. Men and women who complete our DNP program are equipped to create better systems of care not only for individual patients, but broader populations. With a cutting-edge course in social entrepreneurship that leads into your capstone innovation project, you'll identify an unmet need in healthcare and create a population-focused business plan. You'll emerge ready to devise solutions to unmet healthcare needs — and lead meaningful change in a complex system.

"If I ever wanted to start my own practice, I have the entrepreneurial skills. You don't find that in other programs."

~Catherine Shah, DNP Student

Advance Your Nursing Practice

With just 2-3 classes per term, the primarily online program is designed to allow you to work and complete your course assignments just about anywhere, all with the support of the Saint Mary's community.  The DNP is available in three tracks: 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

At the program’s conclusion, you will be eligible for licensure as a nurse practitioner. Additionally, with the completion of your track, you will be prepared to take a national exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to be certified as a Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC).