B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program and Curriculum

RMU is the First PA State Board Appoved Nurse Practitioner Education Program at the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Level

For RN's, the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program provides the knowledge and experiences to advance your career as a certified nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree. The program requires 80-86 credits and 1,200-1,368 clinical hours, depending on the track chosen, and can be completed either full-time, accelerated part-time, or part-time. Three tracks are offered:

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

Program Format

Attending full-time, you can complete the program in about three years (eight semesters), taking three to four courses per semester. The accelerated part-time curriculum can be completed in four years, taking two to three courses per semester. Courses include lecture, seminar/discussion and practicum experiences, using both classroom and online instruction. Practicum courses include 8-12 hours a week of clinical experience. A variety of health care agencies are used as practicum sites, including hospitals, physician's offices, primary care and specialty clinics.

You'll complete a five-credit capstone course in your final semester, in which you must demonstrate clinical competence and conduct a field project under the supervision of an on-site preceptor and a faculty advisor. You'll select the project based on your chosen evidence-based practice area of interest. The course requires an oral presentation and a ready-for-journal-submission scholarly article.

Tuition for 2008-09

Tuition for the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program for the 2008-09 academic year is $21,000 per year (three semesters) for full-time students or $760 per credit for part-time students. This rate is effective from Fall 2008 through Summer 2009.

Program Location

Offered at the RMU campus in Moon Township only.

Admission Criteria

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

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum undergraduate QPA of 3.25 or acceptable GRE scores
  • Current RN licensure
  • At least one year of work experience as an RN

Application Procedures

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

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  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A copy of your RN license
  • A current resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An essay describing your career goals and expectations for your education and career

Applicants are also required to participate in an interview with the doctoral faculty.

For More Information

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