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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

A quality, practice-based education for masters-prepared nurses who will influence and manage the challenges of the delivery of health care for individuals, families, and populations within the tenets and beliefs of Christian humanism.

"Instead of having to go to two separate schools it's one combined track: the DNP/MBA was a great program [with a] a great reputation. Exactly what I wanted, I found here." - Gwen Coney, M'22, D'21
I chose the dual degree because I've
wanted an MBA and healthcare is a

business and I wanted to move forward in
my nursing career so I needed the DNP.

So instead of having to go to two separate
schools it's one combined track, the DNP/MBA,

so that's what I was looking for and
it was a great program. It had a great

reputation. Exactly what I wanted,
I found here.

Advance Your Healthcare Leadership with the DeSales Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree with MBA Option 

Furthering your education is the best thing you can do in today's increasingly complex world of nursing and healthcare. The DeSales DNP program offers concentrations in both Clinical Leadership and Executive Leadership, either of which will help to advance your knowledge and your career. Plus, DeSales offers an additional option combining nursing and business with a dual DNP/MBA degree from our U.S. News & World Report top-ranked MBA program.

The DeSales Difference

  • You can continue to work while pursuing doctoral study with our innovative, flexible format.
  • You can complete the program in seven semesters of full-time study with our concentrated course work and intensive faculty contact.
  • You'll receive mentoring, advising, and professional networking opportunities — they're built directly into our 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.  

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 (

CCNE - Accredited
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The Gambet Center

Our newest 77,000 square foot academic building has some of the most exciting and cutting-edge technology available in healthcare education. The facility features:

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

The Center is a showcase of green architecture featuring environmentally advanced design consistent with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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