Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN)

​The Post-MSN​ DNP program is for RNs and APRNs who already possess a graduate degree in nursing and features two tracks: Advanced Practice and Leadership.

  • The Advanced Practice Track is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. In this track, students will enhance their advanced practice specialties with a clinical focus on individuals and populations.
  • The Leadership Track focuses on executive-level skills and is suited for RNs and APRNs working within health care systems in areas such as education and administration.

JU is also offering a DNP-Leadership cohort for Nurse Faculty Loan Program students.

For post-master's DNP students, there are only 4 total in person requirements for the duration of the degree. Students are required to attend the start of their first semester for a program orientation, and then after this, they must return for their 700 level DNP project orientation, their project propsoal defense, and final project defense. All course orientations and classwork is conducted online or via collaborate in blackboard.

We offer full and part-time enrollment and students can begin any s​emester. Most students take either one or two courses per semester and finish the program in approximately 3 years.

Additional Certifications are available for Post-Masters DNP in the following categories:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Informatics​

*Please email Dr. Morgan for more information about these additional certificate options.

Admissions & Curriculum

Admission Instructions

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Deadlines: The Keigwin School of Nursing application and all supporting documents must be received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: July 15
    • Classes start: August
  • Spring
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: November 15
    • Classes start: January
  • Summer
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: April 15
    • Classes start: May

​The Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program consists of 36-45 hours of post Master's degree credits. Students take 27 hours of coursework before beginning their clinical project and residency hours. The number of residency hours required is based on student clinical hours obtained during their Master of Science in Nursing program.

Students must complete at least 270 clinical residency hours in the 700 level although the final number of required hours varies by student. Students may take additional residency hours during the 600 level courses to lessen the number of hours they have to complete in the 700 level courses.

​Ideally students are able to integrate their clinical practice project and clinical residency experiences when possible. The clinical practice project provid​es opportunities to explore methods for giving meaning to a clinical issue or improving patient health or outcomes in a given area of specialization.

Students with a non-nursing master’s degree may be considered for the post-graduate DNP program on an individual basis.

Graduate students can expect to pay a student fee ranging from $700 to $1800 depending upon program.  The fee is due upon matriculation and the student will receive a breakdown of services received for these fees. 

​Contact Us

Angelica Novo

Cohort Coordinator

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Hilary Morgan, PhD, CNM

Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

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