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.  

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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 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 Mu Omicron wins Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Key Award for First Time in the Chapter's History

by Jessica Ament | Nov 17, 2017

The DeSales University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, has won the prestigious Chapter Key Award for the very first time.

“The important part, for me, is that getting a key award means that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing as a chapter,” says Karen Peterson, assistant professor of nursing and president of Mu Omicron, the DeSales chapter. “Whether we got the award or not showed that we were striving to achieve the goals that the organization set.”

With more than 500 chapters of Sigma currently active worldwide, only 88 chapters were chosen to receive this award, making this win no small feat.

In order to be considered for the award, chapters must complete an application and demonstrate how they have fulfilled each of the goals.

Some examples of how Mu Omicron attained these goals include

  • sponsoring a child in Liberia, which allows for the child to receive an education

  • helping support the Allentown Rescue Mission

  • holding conferences to foster the continuing education of nurses.

The Chapter Key Award is given out at Sigma’s official conferences, held every two years, where the society’s president sets the goals that the chapters aim to achieve. This past cycle’s goals were philanthropy, advocacy, lifelong learning, and policy.

Mu Omicron was also recognized at the regional level, winning three Regional Excellence Awards.  

Peterson says that student involvement in the chapter is critical to succeeding in years to come, and they are already “in the process for the next key award.” Mu Omicron hopes to continue its success at the international level at the next biennial meeting of Sigma, which will be held in 2019.

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