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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

DeSales University’s DNP Program is now offering a new part-time option to fit both your busy work and home lifestyles. We understand the current healthcare environment and numerous demands placed on nurses everywhere. This is why the new part-time option for the DNP Program offers nurses flexibility, affordability, and online convenience.

Advancing your education is the best thing you can do in today’s complex world of nursing and healthcare. The DeSales’ DNP Program offers a quality, practice-based education designed for masters-prepared nurses seeking to expand their roles in the delivery of clinical practice and leadership in health care. We offer both full-time and part-time options.

Concentrations are available in both Clinical Leadership and Executive Leadership, either of which will help advance your knowledge and career capabilities. In addition, Clinical Leadership and Executive Leadership knowledge and competencies can be combined with business skills for a dual DNP/MBA option.

The DeSales Difference

  • You can continue to work while pursuing doctoral study with our innovative, flexible format.
  • You can complete the program full time or part time.
  • You'll receive mentoring, advising, and professional networking opportunities—they're built directly into our DNP program.
  • You'll learn from highly-experienced, nursing faculty who maintain active clinical practices, have years of advanced practice experience across a variety of specialty areas, and are active in their state and national organizations.
  • You don’t need a degree in business to pursue the DNP in Executive Leadership degree program. A business foundation course is included for those who need a basic understanding of business principles.

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CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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  • the area's only gross anatomy lab
  • a standardized patient lab

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