Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Bloomsburg University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurse leaders to apply advanced practice skills at the highest level of clinical practice. Students will be prepared to assume a higher level of responsibility and leadership in nursing and health care, with the ultimate goal of improving the health care delivery system of the nation.

The focus of the program is practice-oriented investigation in the clinical setting emphasizing health education, leadership, research application, and analysis of health care outcomes. The program will prepare advance practice nurses as clinical scholars skilled in patient centered care, intra-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, policy advocacy, and improved use of informatics and technology.

This post-MSN program for advanced practice nurses consists of 33 credits over two years and is offered online.

Program Coordinator
Kimberly Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, FAAN
Breiner Family Endowed Professorship of Nursing

Department of Nursing
3109 McCormick Center
Fax: 570-389-5008

DNP Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize and appraise current scientific evidence and theories to enhance the practice of nursing and health care.
  • Create leadership roles to advance clinical practice and health care delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  • Utilize health care informatics and an evidence-based approach in clinical scholarship to critically evaluate, design, and implement health care delivery for diverse populations, settings, and systems.
  • Integrate knowledge of and evaluate current and emerging information systems and patient care technology to improve care delivery and organizational systems.
  • Develop and advocate for health care policy change in response to social, political, economic, and ethical issues in all health care arenas.
  • Engage in intra-professional collaboration to facilitate change, improve communication, enhance patient outcomes, improve desired health outcomes and advance high quality, safe, patient-centered care in complex health care delivery systems.
  • Translate epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, environmental, and cultural principles into clinical prevention and population health.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and professional values as an advanced practice nurse.

DNP Admission Criteria

All required documentation must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the full Summer semester:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher from an accredited MSN program.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.
  • Completion of graduate level advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology courses.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing applicant’s practice and ability for doctoral study.
  • Current resume
  • Copy of certification/license as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license.
  • Description and total number of clinical hours/cases completed in MSN program with verification from program director.
  • Completion of Graduate Studies Admission Application and fee.

DNP Course Sequence

CCNE Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bloomsburg University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Out-of-state licensure and certification

Important note regarding out-of-state students: Although the DNP does not lead to licensure, online students physically located in a state other than Pennsylvania and students participating in out-of-state experiential learning placements (clinical rotations, practicum, etc.) may be subject to licensing board requirements of the state in which they are doing those activities. Please contact the BU program coordinator and the licensing board in your state of interest to verify requirements prior to starting a program. Visit the state authorization page and NCSBN website for more information.

CCNE Accreditation

DNP Program CCNE Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bloomsburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.