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A flexible, affordable and rewarding DNP degree

The Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum prepare you for complex skill sets in data acquisition, analysis and practice application.

Take your nursing career to the next level. Advance your leadership skills, expand your policy expertise and understanding of population health and clinical practice through PennWest’s part-time, online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This 27-credit program is designed to be flexible, affordable and professionally rewarding.

Our DNP curriculum builds on the foundational competencies of the MSN-prepared advance practice or professional nurse. Courses are sequenced to prepare you for increasingly complex skill sets in data acquisition, analysis and practice application that align with the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing DNP essentials.

As a student, you will be mentored by faculty who are committed to providing developmentally sound academic and clinical experiences.

Many students graduate in just six semesters, with summer courses and opportunities for internships.

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The RN-BSN, MSN-Administration and Leadership, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at PennWest are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791."

Fully Accredited

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

Legacy of Excellence

Built on the foundation of excellence established by PennWest Clarion’s Nursing education programs.

Our Vision

To develop advanced practice nurses as leaders in nursing and practice experts whose actions and innovations will improve and transform the health of individuals, populations and systems in the region, state and global community.

Fast Facts

Top-ranked ranks our program among America's Best Nursing Programs in the East.




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What Can You Do With a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree?

PennWest’s Global Online DNP degree prepares you to lead in a variety of health care settings. With this terminal degree in Nursing, you will have the chance to continue to expand your career in clinical settings such as hospitals and other health care institutions, in non-clinical settings including administration and roles that set policies, and in Nursing education.

Graduate Outcomes

The terminal learning outcomes for PennWest’s DNP programare to prepare advanced practice nurses to be able to:

  1. Apply clinical scholarship through advanced nursing practice within complex health systems.
  2. Design, implement, analyze, and disseminate research that translates evidence to practice.
  3. Demonstrate advanced leadership skills for empowering and influencing others to bring about change.
  4. Utilize information and management systems to support evidence-based practice.
  5. Establish interprofessional relationships to provide comprehensive delivery of advanced practice nursing.

Admissions Requirements

Transcript MSN/MBA/MHSc, 3.5 GPA, RN License, Clinical Hours, Resume, Essay, 2 LOR.

Additional credits may be required depending on clinical hours in applicant’s graduate program/s.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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