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B.S.N. to D.N.P. (Doctoral Degree)
RMU is the First PA State Board Approved Nurse Practitioner Education Program at the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Level
For RN's, the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program provides the knowledge and experiences to advance your career as a certified nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree. The program requires 80-86 credits and 1,144-1,312 clinical hours, depending on the track chosen, and can be completed either full-time, accelerated part-time, or part-time. Three tracks are offered:
Attending full-time, you can complete the program in about three years (eight semesters), taking three to four courses per semester. The accelerated part-time curriculum can be completed in four years, taking two to three courses per semester. Courses include lecture, seminar/discussion and practicum experiences, using both classroom and online instruction. Practicum courses include 8-12 hours a week of clinical experience. A variety of health care agencies are used as practicum sites, including hospitals, physician's offices, primary care and specialty clinics.
You'll complete a five-credit capstone course in your final semester, in which you must demonstrate clinical competence and conduct a field project under the supervision of an on-site preceptor and a faculty advisor. You'll select the project based on your chosen evidence-based practice area of interest. The course requires an oral presentation and a ready-for-journal-submission scholarly article.
Tuition information can be found at Tuition & Fee Schedules.
Offered at the RMU campus in Moon Township only.
To be considered for admission to the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program, applicants must have:
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
- A minimum undergraduate QPA of 3.25 or acceptable GRE scores
- Current RN licensure
- At least one year of work experience as an RN
Applicants should submit the following credentials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
- A completed application and a non-refundable $50 application fee. Or submit your application for admission free of charge online.
- Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- A copy of your RN license
- A current resume or CV
- Two letters of recommendation (download recommendation form)
- An essay describing your career goals and expectations for your education and career
Applicants are also required to participate in a personal interview with the nursing faculty / nursing administrator.
When the online application is complete, the file will be reviewed. On the basis of an interview and other materials submitted by the applicant, recommendations will be submitted for final approval. The applicant will recieve notification of acceptance status from the Admissions Office.
For More Information
Contact our Graduate Admissions Office at 412-397-5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our website at www.rmu.edu, where you can submit your application for admission free of charge online.