Doctor of Nursing Practice 

The DNP Program is Fast and Flexible

All degree requirements can be met within a seven-semester timeframe, with an additional five semesters required for the MBA option. DeSales is proud to offer the first DNP program in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania area. 

Hybrid or online format available.

Continue working while pursuing doctoral study.

Maintain your certification credential while progressing through the DNP program.

Study full-time and still meet your other responsibilities.  

Learn more about the program:

The DNP degree at DeSales University advances your expertise as a master's level nurse in specialized areas by integrating nursing science and the best practices from other disciplines.

The DeSales DNP offers four (4) options:

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Are you a DeSales MSN Graduate?

DeSales now offers one FREE 3-credit, 800-level Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) course to eligible* DeSales University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program graduates and DSU Post-MSN Certificate (PMC) completers.

*Offer effective as of January 9, 2017. The discount applies to DSU DNP tuition only and is not applicable toward fees, textbooks, or other costs associated with the DNP Program.  For details regarding evaluation for eligibility, please contact or 610-282-1100, x1664.

Need a master's level statistics course as a prerequisite for a graduate program?

DeSales now offers​ an ONLINE master's level statistics course open to all potential graduate students who need statistics as a prerequisite to graduate programs at any college or university. Find out more here: DeSales Summer Classes

Did you know? The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends that all Advanced Practice Nurses earn their DNP starting in 2015.

Doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Nurses from the DeSales DNP Program will be prepared with the competencies for advanced practice nurses to affect health outcomes in the complex and dynamic health care delivery system.


DeSales to Host Lecture by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health

by Janelle Hill | Dec 02, 2016

DeSales University will host Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy for A Status Update of Healthcare in Pennsylvania on Thursday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the University Center on DeSales’ main campus in Center Valley. The lecture, presented by the University’s Division of Business and Department of Nursing & Health, is free and open to the public.

PA_Sec_Karen_MurphyMurphy has an extensive background in the health care industry. Prior to becoming secretary of health, she served as director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, which aims to accelerate health care innovation across the nation. She also served as president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System. She is currently a clinical faculty member in the medicine department at The Commonwealth Medical College, as an author and national speaker on health policy and health care innovation.

Anyone interested in attending the lecture should register at

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