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 to 32 credits in length, depending on the number of clinical hours brought in from the MSN degree. An individualized Gap Analysis is completed on all applicants. 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. In addition, nurse administrators can also attend our program with an additional clinical requirement if their MSN did not have 500 hours of supervised faculty practice. 

    Upon completion of the 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.  

    What Makes Us Different

    • The entire DNP program is done completely online!
    • The DNP fits into your busy schedule with full- or part-time options.
    • The DNP is a 26-credit add-on to your previously earned Masters degree in Nursing

  • State Authorization

    Due to state authorization regulations in the state of Tennessee, Gannon University does not accept applications for the online nursing programs from residents of Tennessee.

    View Gannon's State Authorization page for more information on SARA and state authorization. Have a complaint about a distance ed program or courses? Read the state contact information document to learn more about filing a complaint.

    Student Success

    Gannon's Online Engagement Coordinator facilitates our online new student orientations, implements strategies to ensure that online students are active in their online courses, and provides general online student support through a variety of high-touch methods to engage students and support student retention efforts. Gannon online students can reach out with general questions about online learning or how to remotely access Gannon's comprehensive student services.

  • Graduate Admissions

    Phone: 814-871-7474
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Gitnik Manse
    162 W. Sixth St.


  • Online Learning Readiness Assurance

    Online instruction can be different from instruction in the classroom.  Before enrolling in an online program at Gannon, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. Your results from the online questionnaire will help you identify the requirements necessary to succeed at online learning and areas you may need to explore before starting your online program.