Post-Master's to DNP Nurse Practitioner—
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.

  • DNP-FNP: Registered nurses with master's degree in nursing. Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice and are eligible to sit for national NP certification exam.
  • DNP: Certified nurse practitioners (anyspecialty) and do not seek an additional national NP certification. Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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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)
» 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 2020

DNP | $890/credit
MSN | $638/credit
(additional course/clinical fees may apply)
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DNP Student Outcomes

Upon DNP degree program completion, graduates will:

  • 1. Innovate approaches in advanced nursing practice and leadership using scientific evidence and theoretical concepts from nursing and other scientific disciplines.
  • 2. Lead culturally-proficient, population-focused, continuous quality improvement initiatives in health care services influenced by systems thinking.
  • 3. Critically translate best evidence from nursing and across scientific disciplines to inform quality improvement strategies aimed at safe, effective, and reliable patient-centered care.
  • 4. Evaluate and communicate health care system performance outcomes resulting from the adoption of information systems and patient care technology.
  • 5. Influence the development and implementation of equitable and ethical health care policy that improves health outcomes and advocates for the nursing profession within health care policy communities.
  • 6. Employ consultative and leadership skills with intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to create change needed to improve the quality and delivery of health care for individuals and populations.
  • 7. Propose and evaluate interventions and care delivery models to influence improvement of individual and population health with health promotion/disease prevention based on epidemiology, ethical, cultural and environmental considerations.
  • 8. Role model an independent advanced nursing practice using refined clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in delivering and evaluating evidence based, health promotion/disease prevention health care to individuals, aggregates, and diverse populations.

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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