Frequently Asked Questions
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 yearly for a one-day immersion experience. 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?
Students engage in direct and indirect clinical practices that implement or evaluate 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 6 credits are available for transfer into the program after committee review.
Will I have to come to campus given this is an online program?
The DNP programs offers asynchronous and synchronous components to their online courses. Students are required to come to campus for one day in the beginning of the fall semester of each year for immersion experiences. Currently, students defend their DNP Project on campus at the completion of the scholarly work.
I am not an APRN (NP, CNS, CRNA, or CNM), may I still apply to the DNP program?
Students who have not completed a master’s curriculum inclusive of 500 academically supervised clinical hours may apply to La Salle University. La Salle offers NUR 887 Clinical Seminar (1 credit per 250 clinical hours) which includes 250 supervised clinical hours. Students may register for this course twice if needed.
What is the deadline for application to the program?
We evaluate all DNP applications on a rolling basis, however we recommend that interested applicants apply as early as possible.
What is the tuition cost per credit in the DNP program?
Tuition information can be found here.
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?
DNP Program Director
Patricia Bicknell, Ed.D. APRN, ACNS
Administrative Assistant for the DNP Program
Irene R. Pontarelli
Is there other information on the DNP degree available?
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has information posted on its web site at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/index.htm. This is an excellent resource for detailed information about the DNP.