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.


Nursing Student Kaylee Thomas Receives LeCoMASE Scholarship

by Janelle Hill | Feb 27, 2018

Junior nursing student Kaylee Thomas ’19 has an extra thousand dollars to put toward tuition, thanks to the Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary Scholarship and Education Fund (LeCoMASE).

Thomas received LeCoMASE’s 2017-2018 nursing scholarship, which is awarded to a third-year nursing student who lives in Lehigh County and is in good academic standing.

“I’m extremely grateful for it,” Thomas says. “I’m thankful. College is not cheap.”

Martha Maffeo, president of LeCoMASE, and Barbara Peters, chair of the nursing scholarship program at LeCoMASE, presented Thomas with the $1,000 scholarship.

LeCoMASE was established in 1968 to provide financial assistance to medical students from Lehigh County. In 2013, it set up a nursing scholarship award at DeSales.  

Pictured above (from left) are Martha Maffeo, president of LeCoMASE, Thomas, Barbara Peters, chair of the nursing scholarship program at LeCoMASE, and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni, chair of the department of nursing and health at DeSales.

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