Nursing Practice

  • Program Overview


    Gannon University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares students as leaders in their practice area. Course content directs the DNP student to prepare, deliver and evaluate an evidence-based practice project in the clinical arena. This project is an immersion experience and not a research dissertation. Students may use their previous MSN level thesis work as a pilot study or starting point to develop the project.

    The program is offered as a “bridge program” or Master’s add-on from the MSN to the DNP that is 26 credits in length.  It can be completed in three full-time semesters or four to six part-time semesters. It is offered to advanced practice RNs who hold active certification in their respective field.

    Upon completion of the online program, students are awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. To comply with required educational changes, as outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing  (AACN) and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) the Villa Maria School of Nursing is offering the addition of courses that will meet identified core content and core competencies outlined by the AACN specific to the practice doctorate.  

    Program Options

    • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


    Although the full-time course of study can be completed in three semesters, students may choose to take the courses on a part-time schedule over four to six semesters. Students must complete the course of study within three years.

    If your home state is Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Tennessee or Wisconsin, please contact the Gannon University Office of Graduate Admissions at or 1-800-GANNONU (choose option 1) for details regarding your enrollment eligibility.


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