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Doctor of Nursing Pratice

What is the structure of the program and curriculum?

The program is fully online and delivered in a full-time or part-time or program of study. Students come to campus for an immersion experience three times, once during delivery of the Core, Advanced Core and Residency courses.  Students interact with faculty in an engaged learning experience online both in asynchronous and synchronous formats. A multimedia experience with recorded lectures, discussion boards, and other seminar type experiences occur in the virtual classroom. Regular office hours are conducted online throughout each course by course faculty.  A student help desk is available.

Are students able to work during the program?

The part-time program is conducive to working full or part-time while attending classes.

What types of clinical experiences are provided in the DNP program?

Direct and indirect clinical practices that implement evidence-based projects, or quality improvement work in patient care, administrative, or leadership situations and are in conjunction with individual course objectives.

What type of technology is required for the online program?

An updated computer with Microsoft Office and a high-speed internet connection is all that is required to access and engage in the virtual learning environment.  Students should be familiar with basics of Microsoft Word, Power Point, communicating via Email, file management, and web applications.

Am I able to transfer credits to the DNP Program?

Up to 9 credits are available for transfer into the program after committee review.

Are portfolio opportunities available for credits in lieu of formal coursework?

Course portfolio options vary and may include up to 6 credits.  Portfolio assessment is contingent upon meeting individual criteria that vary by selected course.

Is there financial aid available? If so, how do I apply?

Information on need-based financial aid and loan programs are available here.

How is La Salle University’s DNP program unique?

La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty has a resolute commitment to developing students’ minds, hearts, and spirits. Faculty emphasize faith, service, and community while working with doctoral students to develop and enhance the skill set necessary to meet the needs of underserved, vulnerable populations through advanced nursing practice independent of and in collaboration with other health care professionals.

Who can I contact for specific questions about the DNP degree?

Administrative Assistant for the DNP Program
Irene R. Pontarelli

DNP Program Director
Patricia Bicknell, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNL

Is there other information on the DNP degree available?

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has information y posted on its web site at This is an excellent resource for detailed information about the DNP.
Patricia Bicknell

Patricia Bicknell, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, CNL
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1392

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