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DNP Completion Program and Curriculum

For advanced practice nurses who already have a master's degree, the D.N.P. Completion Program combines an appealing format with specially targeted content to provide the perfect extension of knowledge and abilities. The coursework moves students to the next level of their careers, incorporating a broader knowledge of health care in today's complex market.

Program Format

The D.N.P. Completion Program can be completed in two and a half years (seven semesters) taking one or two courses per semester. Courses include an intensive one-week (five-day) classroom session per semester, with other course requirements completed online. Fall and spring courses follow a 15-week format, while summer courses follow a 10-week format. Hotel and meals for the five-day classroom sessions are included in the price of tuition.

Each student must complete a five-credit capstone course in the final semester, in which he/she must demonstrate clinical competence and conduct a field project under the supervision of an on-site preceptor and an RMU faculty advisor. The project will be selected based on the student's chosen evidence-based practice area of interest. Course requirements include an oral presentation and a ready-for-journal-submission scholarly article.

About the Program:
Program Format
Program Location
Admission Criteria
Application Procedures


The following is the course sequence for the 30-credit D.N.P. Completion Program:
Year 1 - Fall Semester Credits
NURS8020  Research and Theory 3 credits
STAT8010   Statistics for Health Sciences 3 credits
   Total 6 credits
Year 1 - Spring Semester  
HSIC8120  Clinical Teams and Teamwork II (OL) 2 credits
NURS8150  Integrating Research and Practice 2 credits
NURS8030  Principles of Epidemiology 2 credits
   Total 6 credits
Year 1 - Summer Semester
NURS8140  Evidence-Based Practice for Advanced Nursing Roles 3 credits
HSIC8030  Health Care Economics 2 credits
   Total 5 credits
Year 2 - Fall Semester
HSIC8020   Health Policy 2 credits
NURS9130  Evidence-Based Practice/Information Systems 3 credits
   Total 5 credits
Year 2 - Spring Semester
NURS9610   Practice Management Issues/Role Integration 3 credits
NURS9620  Applying Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care (by appointment) 5 credits
   Total 8 credits


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Hotel and meals for the five-day classroom sessions are included in the price of tuition.

Program Location

This program is offered in Moon Township only.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the D.N.P. Completion Program, applicants must have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  2. A master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  3. A minimum graduate QPA of 3.25
  4. Certification as an advanced practice nurse in a specialty area, such as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, midwife or nurse anesthetist

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following credentials to the Graduate Enrollment Office:

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  1. Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  2. A copy of your RN license and advanced practice license
  3. A current resume or CV
  4. Two letters of recommendation (download recommendation form)
  5. An essay describing your career goals and expectations for your education and career
  6. Written documentation of completed clinical hours in a prior master's program.
Applicants also are required to participate in an interview with the doctoral faculty.

For More Information

Contact our Graduate Admissions Office at 412-397-5219 or Or visit our website at, where you can submit your application for admission free of charge online.


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