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DNP-NP Curriculum

DNP-NP — 65-68 credits

  • Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Option (67 Credits)
  • Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Option (65 credits)
  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Option (68 credits)

For students who have completed a master’s degree, total credit hours may be less.


Although your courses are online, you will be required to attend three separate intensive sessions at Penn State University Park or Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center during the program. You can expect to meet in person at the following times:

  • Intensive I (August)
    • 3 days
    • First fall semester
    • M-W, prior to start of classes
  • Intensive II (June)
    • 4 days
    • Timing included on your plan of study
  • Intensive III (April)
    • 4 days
    • Timing included on your plan of study

These three intensive sessions will provide you with the opportunity to interact in person with your doctoral committee, graduate faculty, and fellow students.

DNP-NP Project

The culmination of the program is an evidence-based practice project. The goal of the DNP project is to address a problem that has originated from practice experience. Students will use current evidence to develop, implement and evaluate a practice change initiative.


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