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 Nursing Lecture on End of Life Care

by Laurie Rubio | Mar 23, 2017

DeSales University will host Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, CCRN, CHPN, FAHA, FPCN, FAAN, president-elect of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, for a lecture in end of life care on Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the University Center on DeSales’ main campus in Center Valley. The lecture, presented by the University’s Department of Nursing and Health, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Debra WiegandWeigand (right) is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her research interests include withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy, families of the critically ill, palliative care and end-of-life care in people with serious illnesses and bioethical issues related to palliative and end-of-life care.

Wiegand’s program of research focuses on improving end-of-life care provided to families in the critical care setting. She has prospectively conducted qualitative and mixed-methods studies with families of patients with both acute and chronic life-limiting illnesses and injuries that have died after life-sustaining therapies have been withdrawn.

Wiegand has also conducted research with bereaved families. She was honored as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and also as a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing. Wiegand is currently President-Elect of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Anyone interested in attending the lecture should register at

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