Creating Healing Environments through Transformational Leadership

Creating a healing environment is the prime directive of nursing. The UST Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program enables professional nurses to expand their abilities through the practice of transformational leadership. By translating research into practice, graduates are equipped to create organization-wide changes that spark transformations in patient care and well-being. They will become experts in creating healing environments.

This program admits nurses who have earned either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. Those with a bachelor’s degree complete the program in three years of full-time study. Master’s graduates complete the program in less time based on an individual review of prior graduate work that will count toward the DNP degree. Part-time options are also available.

We admit a cohort of 15 students per year to better provide individual attention to all students when needed. Collaboration and mutual support are features of the curriculum, balanced with a variety of courses including intensives, online studies and hybrid courses.

Students focus their expanding capacity to create healing environments by selecting a patient population to work with throughout the program. This culminates in a formal, supervised DNP Project. Students work in collaboration with their chosen clinical site’s leadership and a clinical expert coach. The clinical expert coach works directly with the student throughout the program to maximize continuity and collaborative learning experiences with UST’s clinical partners.

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Employment after Graduation

The need and opportunity for transformational nurse leaders capable of creating healing environments is limitless. A graduate of the DNP program has many career options, not limited to existing health care service agencies. Graduates may choose to be a transformational leader at a university, in a government agency, at a nonprofit organization, or in a role or organization not yet imagined.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees vary according to the student’s study plan. Please contact the Nursing Admissions Coordinator for individual information.

Application Deadlines

July 1, 2020 is the application submission deadline. However, applicants are encouraged to submit materials early to ensure consideration for admission and to pursue potential financial aid and scholarship opportunities. See a full list of admission requirements. Special considerations may be given to interested applicants who cannot meet the university’s deadline. Please contact Lucindra Campbell-Law (DNP Program Chair) for special consideration.

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University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of St. Thomas.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of St. Thomas 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.