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.


Master of Science in Nursing Program Adds Nursing Informatics, Forensic Nursing Degrees

by Janelle Hill | Dec 08, 2017

Students in DeSales University’s Master of Science in Nursing program can now earn degrees in two of nursing’s fastest-growing specialties.

Students can choose from the MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management or the MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics. This is the first time the degrees are being offered in the Lehigh Valley.

“We’re utilizing the uniqueness of DeSales with these different programs,” says Dr. Tricia Bernecker, associate professor of nursing and interim director of graduate nursing programs. “They’re very innovative degrees that are going to give people a very unique specialty.”

Healthcare information technology and forensic nursing are two of the fastest-growing fields for nurses across the United States. Both specialties were chosen in response to comprehensive needs assessments that were given to two local nurse practitioner groups as well as current nursing students, faculty, and alumni. 

“For years, we educated nurses under one common umbrella,” says Bernecker. “But as educators and as practicing nurses, they want to have that specialty knowledge, that specific education. There are places that need to have this expertise both in the valley and outside of the valley. We’re one of the few universities that can actually provide it.”

Students in the nursing informatics track will simultaneously receive a post-master’s certification in healthcare information management through the completion of six courses in the Master of Science in Information Systems program.

The degree will prepare graduates for positions in bioinformatics, clinical decision support systems, mobile health applications, and as a nurse informaticist.

Students in the forensic nursing track will simultaneously receive a post-master’s certification in investigative forensics through the completion of six courses in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program.

Graduates can pursue a number of different positions, including nurse investigator, sexual assault nurse examiner, nurse coroner, forensic psychiatric nurse, and mass disaster consultant and coordinator.

The nursing informatics track can be completed online, while the forensic nursing track combines both in-class and online courses.

“The reason why we have all these specialties is because of patient outcomes,” says Bernecker. “That’s our ultimate goal: to improve patient outcomes.”

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