Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership and Education

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Graduate
Department: Graduate Nursing Programs

Become the leader you were always meant to be

With a DNP from Mount Marty, you'll be prepared to be a leader or educator with the ability to apply the latest research to improve patient outcomes.

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.

Upon completion of this program, you'll be equipped with the necessary experience and skills to:

  1. Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that employ principles of business, finance, economics and health policy to meet current and future needs of patient populations and improve the quality of care delivery.
  3. Apply analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement best evidence practices.
  4. Model leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems.
  5. Advocate for social justice, equity and ethical policies within the nursing profession and all healthcare arenas.
  6. Utilize consultative and leadership skills with intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to create change and improve outcomes at the individual, population and systems levels.
  7. Synthesize epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental and other evidence related to individual, aggregate and population health.
  8. Integrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability in designing, teaching, delivering and evaluating evidence-based care to facilitate optimal care and improved patient outcomes.
  9. Facilitate and lead quality improvement initiatives within diverse health care environments
  10. Lead and disseminate practice-based initiatives that promote patient safety.

Mount Marty's DNP degree allows you to hone your skills as a leader or educator, two areas currently critically underrepresented in the nursing field.

With studies focused on scientific inquiry, timeless Benedictine leadership traditions, teaching pedagogies and organizational change, you'll be ready for your next big career move. 


Academic Requirements

  • 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), or
    • A graduate nurse anesthesia degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) from master’s level nursing courses of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Documentation of a Nursing Research or Evidence-Based Practice Course on the official transcript.
  • Documentation of the ‘3-P’s’ (Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology) on the official transcript. 

Official Transcript

One official transcript from all colleges or universities attended. For transcripts to be considered official, they must be electronically delivered through the National Student Clearing House, Parchment, other electronic delivery systems, or sent directly from the institution to Mount Marty University | Admissions Graduate Program | 1105 West 8th Street | Yankton SD, 57078. Additionally, include any unofficial transcript verification of classes in which you are currently enrolled.

Required Documents

All requested and required documents are tracked and uploaded from your online application. You will be provided a link via email to return to your application at any time to continue document uploads, process letters of recommendation requests, and view your overall progress.

  • Complete and submit an online application.
  • Submit official college/university transcripts from all institutions attended, including documentation of clinical hours completed during your MSN program.
  • Submit the following documents to your online application:
    • Personal essay describing goals and motivation for pursuing doctoral education.
    • Two / three professional references.
      • 1 from the applicant’s immediate supervisor.
      • From colleagues who can attest to the applicant’s preparation, initiative and capacity for success in doctoral education.
    • RN license (and APRN license if applicable).
    • Other Certification documents (FNP, PMHNP, CRNA, etc).
    • Current resume.
  • Additional requirements completed upon acceptance of application:
    • Personal interview with program faculty (by invitation after application screening).
    • Completion of a health questionnaire, physical exam, immunization record, and background check (required prior to the start of the program).
    • Copy of professional liability insurance.


  • $150 non-refundable tuition deposit is required upon acceptance.
  • Electronic signature on the enrollment agreement.
  • Mount Marty Division of Nursing permission to access student background check.
  • Attendance at the DNP seminars (two per semester).

Submit Your Application 

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