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 dnp@desales.edu 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.

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Nursing Class of 2017 Makes History on National Licensure Exam

by Janelle Hill | Nov 28, 2017

Senior nursing students in DeSales University’s Class of 2017 have made history. The class earned a 96.36 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, the national licensure examination. Not only is the percentage the highest in the department’s 44-year history, but it also topped state and national averages.

“I’m so proud of the students and also congratulate the faculty who educated these students to achieve this pass rate,” says Dr. Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni, chair of the Department of Nursing and Health. “We work as a team here in the department with the best interest of our students at hand at all times.”

Nursing students must take the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse. Out of 110 students in the class, 106 passed. “One of the first questions many students will ask when they’re looking for admittance into a nursing school is, ‘what is your NCLEX pass rate?’”

Doyle-Tadduni credits the hard work of the nursing faculty over the last five years and their willingness to reassess the curriculum and make changes for these positive outcomes.

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