Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership and Education
The mission of the Mount Marty University Nursing Program is to provide students with an integrated education in a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts setting and to promote personal character development, holistic professional nursing experience and community service involvement.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Mount Marty is designed to prepare individuals for specialization in nursing leadership and education, incorporating a high level of leadership in practice and scientific inquiry. Additionally, preparation in the science of pedagogy will augment the nurse’s ability to transmit the science of the nursing profession. The Mount Marty DNP program, with an emphasis in leadership and education, will focus on ethical leadership grounded in Benedictine values of human dignity, call to community and caring for all. Individuals who complete the Mount Marty DNP program will be prepared to fill roles as educators or leaders in healthcare.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the preferred career development path for nurses working in a variety of direct and indirect care roles and practice settings. The DNP is a terminal degree and can emphasize areas of education or executive leadership in clinical or educational settings.
Nurse leaders, as members of an interdisciplinary team, must incorporate a high level of leadership that emphasizes evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics. The best-prepared senior level nurses serve in key leadership positions and participate in executive decisions. Additionally, preparation in the science of pedagogy will augment the nurse's ability to transmit the science of the nursing profession and improve patient outcomes.
The discipline of education encompasses a separate body of knowledge. This DNP includes an educational component where all students complete coursework in pedagogical methodologies, adult learning theories and evaluative measures of learning outcomes.
Earned Master's Degree in nursing from:
- A program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
- A nurse anesthesia program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
BSN prepared nurses with a Master's degree in a non-nursing business- or health-related field will be considered for acceptance upon review by the program director.
Cumulative grade point average (GPA) from master level nursing courses of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Documentation of the following on the official transcript:
- Nursing Research or Evidence Based Practice course
- The "3-P's"
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Advanced Pharmacology
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Graduate Statistics
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1
ALL APPLICATIONS ARE THROUGH NURSINGCAS.ORG
PROGRAM COST: $810/CREDIT HOUR & $110 NURSING FEE/SEMESTER
What master’s degrees are eligible or your DNP program?
Earned Master’s Degree in Nursing from either a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or a nurse anesthesia program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. BSN prepared nurses with a Master’s degree in a non-nursing business- or health-related field will be considred for acceptance upon review by the program director.
How many practice experience hours are required?
The DNP degree requires a total of 1000 hours which is calculated from the following formula: MSN + DNP = 1000. Mount Marty has 390 hours built into the curriculum to help students achieve the DNP objectives. However, we realize that some students may require additional hours to achieve the 1000 hour total. Students requiring additional hours will develop an individualized plan with their DNP advisor.
What is the length of the program?
The curriculum spans approximately 2.5 years or 7 semesters (including summers). The Plan of Study further explains program curriculum.
When is the application deadline?
Students are enrolled in a cohort model each January. Applications to start in January are due November 1.
How do I apply?
Applications may be submitted through the Nursing CAS link on our website. All communication will be sent through Nursing CAS to applicants regarding their status.
dr. Kathy Magorian
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Mount Marty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.