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 —  and only — 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.  

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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 dnp@desales.edu or 610-282-1100, x1664.

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 Healthcare Students Gain Insight to End of Life/Palliative Care

by Laurie Rubio | Apr 18, 2017

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More than 150 students, faculty, staff and community members of DeSales University attended a lecture in end of life care on Wednesday, April 12. The speaker, Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN, CCRN, CHPN, FAHA, FPCN, FAAN, is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the president-elect of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Weigand (above) presented her studies featuring families of patients with both acute and chronic life-limiting illnesses and injuries that have died after life-sustaining therapies have been withdrawn. Wiegand also presented research conducted with bereaved families.

Wiegand's research has been published in journals such as AACN Advanced Critical Care, the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and Palliative & Supportive Care.


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