Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)—
Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health

With a long-standing history of nursing leadership, nursing is in our DNA. 

Mount Mercy’s face-to-face DNP program offers a unique curriculum focused on primary health care for individuals and populations—including rural health, experiences in innovation, and entrepreneurial skills. Graduates are prepared to be transformational leaders providing excellence in health care.

  • Nurses with MSN (not licensed as nurse practitioner) prepare for primary care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification and complete DNP
  • Nurse practitioners (licensed and certified in any specialty) complete DNP

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Program at a Glance

Priority Application Deadline

March 1

Application Deadline

May 1

Start Date


3 Entry Options

MSN (with NP) » DNP | 27 credits (1½ years)
MSN (no NP) » DNP | 45 credits (2 years)
BSN » MSN » DNP | 81 credits (3½ years)
» DNP Curriculum


Class Format

5- or 10-week blocks, one class at a time
One day a week
(Wednesdays 8 AM–4:30 PM)


Tuition - August 2019

DNP | $848/credit
MSN | $638/credit
(additional course/clinical fees may apply)
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Program Outcomes

Upon DNP degree program completion, graduates will:

  • incorporate the culture of advanced practice nursing through the analysis and synthesis of nursing theory, systems, policy, informatics, research, and practice.
  • integrate knowledge derived from a foundation in baccalaureate and master’s nursing education with advanced practice of health promotion, disease prevention and management, and nursing leadership.
  • respect the value and dignity of human life and incorporate knowledge of cultural, ethical, economic, social, and spiritual components while providing advanced nursing care.
  • practice advanced nursing skills in health care systems.
  • commit to personal and professional growth as an advanced practitioner and leader in nursing and health care.
  • design and implement evidence-based practice within interdisciplinary teams and health care systems.

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“I’m a clinical nurse specialist for diabetes, and one of the things I like most is the ability to be a change agent. The DNP’s partial focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is important because it fosters new ways of thinking. The DNP program will expand my career opportunities and allow me to practice as a primary care family nurse practitioner in a variety of settings.”

— Jaclyn Smith, MSN, RN