Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare you to practice at the highest level of professional nursing with the knowledge and skills to drive innovation, translate evidence- based research into practice, and provide leadership for the organizational, system, and/or policy changes necessary to enhance healthcare delivery, performance outcomes, safety, and quality of patient care.


Career Landscape

  • Research has shown a strong positive correlation between nurses with advanced education and better
    patient outcomes which creates a high demand for doctoral prepared nurses.
  • There is a shortage of qualified, doctoral-prepared nursing faculty.
  • Americans have heightened concerns about health care costs, quality of care, and patient safety.

St. Thomas University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to advance your career.

Exciting career options as a DNP prepared nurse may include: *

  • Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Manager of Informatics
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nurse Faculty
  • Nurse Entrepreneur


Program Highlights

  • 100 % Online
  • Affordable
  • Year-round enrollment
  • NoGRE
  • Works with your schedule


Nurse Faculty Loan Program

You may qualify for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The NFLP is a loan forgiveness program that prepares qualified nurse educators to address the nursing faculty shortage.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a one-year funding opportunity aimed at increasing the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students in graduate-level nursing degree programs who upon graduation are committed to become nurse faculty. In return for full-time, post-graduation employment as nurse faculty at an institution, the program cancels up to 85 percent of the loan taken (plus interest thereon). To qualify, the student must meet the following:

  • Be fully admitted to STU’s DNP program
  • Complete the STU-HRSA application
  • Complete the FAFSA application
  • Must not have defaulted loans with the Department of Education

The NFLP loan is based on funding and will be distributed to students based on availability. For more information on the HRSA Loan, please visit:


Advantages of the STU DNP program

  • Participate in small class sizes guaranteeing individualized attention
  • Transform into a true critical thinker
  • Nurture and develop new nursing leadership skills
  • Serve the community by relieving the nursing educator’s shortage
  • Engage in meaningful interdisciplinary practice
  • Enhance your knowledge of clinical practice and management of health care business
  • Produce evidence-based scholarly works


Admission Requirements

  • Free Admissions Application –
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA from MSN graduating institution

St. Thomas University is committed to:

  • Foster a community of scholars that advance nursing through excellence in the discovery, application,
    integration, and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
  • Equip doctorally prepared nurses to serve the needs of their communities and the global world.
  • Develop doctorally prepared nurses to serve as leaders and change-agents by collaborating with other
    clinicians, administrators, and patients to ensure delivery of quality health care and quality patient
    outcomes; and
  • Mentor doctorally prepared nurses that engage in scholarly evaluation of current guidelines, policies,
    and procedures for quality improvement.


Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, methods of inquiry, humanities, and related sciences in the delivery of care of rural and underserved populations.
  2. Demonstrate transformational leadership, accountability, and analyze organizational models for safe and quality health care delivery for patients and populations at the advanced nursing role.
  3. Apply evidence-based knowledge to guide nursing practice at the advanced role to improve health care delivery and outcomes for patients, communities, and the nation.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in the different realms of nursing while utilizing and evaluating the use of health care information systems, information technology, communication systems, and patient care technology.
  5. Serve as leaders and participate in the creation and implementation of health policy to advocate for the nursing profession and the healthcare communities.
  6. Communicate effectively, support, and collaborate with interprofessional teams to formulate effective practice approaches to improve individuals and communities’ health outcomes.
  7. Appraise scientific data to translate best evidence into nursing practice and health care delivery.
  8. Develop health strategies based on scientific knowledge for health promotion, disease prevention, and elimination of health disparities for underserved populations.
  9. Implement culturally sensitive and holistic approaches to lead and mentor other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice and decision-making in complex situations based on scientific evidence with advanced levels of clinical judgment.


DNP Courses

Courses in this program conducted over a seven-week term. The summer term consists of two six weeks

Evidence Appraisal
Transformational Leadership
Applied Advanced Research and Nursing
Information Technology and Nursing Implications
Health Care Policy
Population Health in Nursing
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Quality Improvement in Health Care
Practicum Project Proposal
DNP Practicum I
DNP Practicum II
DNP Practicum III


Tuition and Fees

Tuition per Credit Hour Technology Fee per Course Total Program Tuition (Including Fees)
$630 $100 $25,870


Interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program?

Use the form below to reach out to us about your interest in the program. You may also contact Graduate Admissions by phone or email.

    Please submit your inquiry at


    Office: 305-628-6710
    Admissions Office: 305-938-2865