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Program Highlights

  • 3 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

March 31

Take Your Patient Care to the Next Level by Learning to Listen

The Doctor 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 emerge ready to devise solutions to unmet healthcare needs — and lead meaningful change in a complex system.

Communication and Relationship Centered Leadership

One way to make the greatest difference in healthcare and establish yourself as an effective leader is possessing the ability to clearly and concisely communicate your ideas. In the communication and leadership course you will examine essential components of communication and leadership theories, as well as the population ecology of organizations that impact interprofessional collaboration and the delivery of safe, relationship centered care by the advance practice nurse. This course also demonstrates the importance of oral and written communication skills used to plan and evaluate safe care outcomes for diverse populations and vulnerable groups. Our innovative curriculum leads you to examine your own interpersonal communication skills and pushes you to further develop your abilities to successfully interact with patients, their families, and colleagues.

Sister Maureen Grady, DNP"Most other coursework emphasizes the importance of listening as a nurse, but they don’t tell you how to be a better communicator. Our course is very pragmatic and we give students the mechanics of how to really listen to people and thus get into a relationship of mutual healing."

-Sister Maureen Grady, DNP Assistant Professor

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).