Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
3 Semesters


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed for professional nurse practitioners seeking to advance their careers to the highest level of nursing practice. The program will prepare you to provide cutting-edge clinical care and to advance as a leader in your field.

Who It's For

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed for nurse practitioner providers seeking a terminal degree who want to have a positive impact on the healthcare system.

Key Benefits

  • Expand your expertise in advocacy, policy, leadership, and healthcare systems.
  • Broaden your understanding of diverse healthcare perspectives, from individual health to the health of larger populations.
  • Develop competence outside your field and expand your expertise through interdisciplinary practices.

How Long It Takes

Students can complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 3 semesters of full-time study, or opt for a part-time program. Admission to the program takes place on a yearly basis, beginning each fall semester.

Accreditation Employers Trust

CCNE accreditedThe Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Westminster College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

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About the Program

The DNP program consists of a hybrid education model, blending both online and traditional residency-style learning. Consistent with Westminster's academic tradition, class sizes are small, so you receive dedicated attention throughout the program.

Meet The Faculty

DNP Program Mission

The mission of the post-masters to doctor of nursing practice (post-MS-DNP) program is to prepare advanced practice nurse leaders to provide the highest level of expertise in a complex healthcare setting. Practitioners are empowered to be catalysts in the constant drive to improve standards used for healthcare. The DNP prepared practitioner collaborates with interprofessional teams to integrate evidence into practice to improve outcomes. Our purpose is to prepare students to embrace learning, accomplishment, and service; and develop the attributes necessary to improve outcomes at the community, national, and global level.

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze and evaluate scientific knowledge to improve outcomes and ensure quality in health care systems
  • Gain a social justice education and promote culturally relevant health care to reduce health disparities
  • Utilize technology and information literacy to improve health care
  • Gain increased knowledge, skills, and expertise in communication, scientific foundations, leadership, and health care systems

Plan of Study

The full-time program requires 3 semesters of study.

Semester 1

In the first semester, you will study Advanced Theory and Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Statistics for Clinical Practice, and Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design, and Methods. You will also begin developing your personal scholarly project.

Semester 2

In the second semester, you will study Health Care Policy and Economics in Clinical Practice, Epidemiology/Population Health, Leadership and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice, and continue working on your scholarly project.

Semester 3

In your final semester, you will study Informatics in Health Care Systems, Quality and Safety Across Healthcare Settings, and finalize your scholarly project.

Sample Courses

Epidemiology/Population Health

This course will provide an overview of the epidemiologic tools necessary to understand the complex interactions between health outcomes and human populations. Topics include measures of disease frequency and risk, study design, screening, and understanding and controlling for confounding and bias in epidemiology.

Advanced Theory and Ethics

In this course, you will focus on theory-directed design and implementation of evidence to transform healthcare systems. Advance practice nurses will explore ethical dilemmas in healthcare delivery, and ethics related to decision making at an individual, organizational, and systems level.

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Career Opportunities

A DNP degree is an investment with lifelong benefits, expanding your clinical, leadership, and healthcare opportunities at local and national levels.

Potential Careers

  • Nurse educator
  • Leader of interdisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Political advocate
  • Nurse researcher
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Tuition and Fees

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment.


Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Priority Deadline

Feb. 1, 2023

Entry Term


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