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Pennsylvania DNP Programs

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.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online DNP Schools

Other PA Schools with DNP Programs

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