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.


Junior Nursing Student Paige Ackerman Receives LeCoMASE Nursing Scholarship

by Jaci Wendel '17 | Feb 14, 2017


Martha Maffeo, president of the Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary Scholarship and Education Fund (LeCoMASE) and Barbara Peters, chair of the nursing scholarship program at LeCoMASE, presented to junior nursing student Paige Ackerman the 2016-17 LeCoMASE Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship benefits undergraduate nursing students in good academic standing from DeSales University entering their senior year.

The scholarship is distributed annually from an endowment established by LeCoMASE to benefit full-time nursing students in the Lehigh Valley.

Ackerman recently accepted a job as a Student Nursing Associate at Lehigh Valley Hospital, and plans to concentrate in pediatric nursing.

Pictured (from left) are Dr. Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni, chair of the department of nursing and health at DeSales, Ackerman, Peters, and Maffeo.

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