Pennsylvania DNP Programs

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Pennsylvania DNP Programs

Regardless of where an individual is in his or her career, it is important to have a career path and to set goals. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a great option for nurses wishing to continue education for an advanced, clinical-focused degree. Pennsylvania is among more than 5 states with the most DNP programs in the country. Currently, there are 15 programs in the state. Many of the top DNP programs in Pennsylvania are available to students with a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. A good starting point is to compare what each has to offer.

Admission Requirements

Pennsylvania is among more than 5 states with the most DNP programs in the country. With such a wide selection of choices, the requirements for DNP programs in the state of Pennsylvania can vary considerably. However, there are a lot of requirements that are standard for most programs. Some of the items that programs can require students to submit are:

  • An application
  • Official nursing school transcripts showing that he or she graduated from a BSN or MSN program with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • A resume or CV
  • A copy of his or her current RN license
  • Letters of recommendation
  • An essay
  • Documentation of clinical experience
  • A criminal background check
  • At least one year of experience working as an RN
  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse in a specialty area
  • An application fee

Many programs in Pennsylvania include an interview as part of the admission process.

Application deadlines vary for each program. For example, application deadlines at the University of Pittsburgh are February 15 and May 1. At Carlow University, the application deadline is April 1.


Tuition costs vary between programs as well. For example, at Chatham University, tuition for the DNP program costs $22,923. At DeSales University, tuition for the DNP program costs $36,400.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The number of credits a student must complete in order to earn a DNP depends not only on the program that the individual has chosen, but also on the level of education he or she has already attained. For example, at Temple University, an individual with a BSN must complete 58-62 credits in order to obtain a DNP degree. If the individual already has an MSN degree, he or she will have to complete 30 credits to earn a DNP degree. At Chatham University, an individual with a BSN degree must earn 27 credits in order to obtain a DNP degree.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Pennsylvania

Robert Morris University
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Thomas Jefferson University
1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Carlow College
3333 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18766

Pennsylvania Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (PA)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Pennsylvania DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Pennsylvania DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Pennsylvania, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Pennsylvania educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Pennsylvania Board of Nursingto find out more about how Pennsylvania recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Pennsylvania schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Pennsylvania Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Pennsylvania, more and more Pennsylvania higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Pennsylvania to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Pennsylvania nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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