With your Doctor of Nursing Practice, you will be able to shape the future of nursing practice. You already translate evidence‑based care into practice and improve health outcomes for diverse populations. Now the sum of your experience can position you to transform the future of healthcare. Earn your DNP online from Duquesne University.
Study 100% online
3 start dates per year
No GRE required
Earning a doctoral degree takes time and commitment. That is why online learning is perfect for self-starters. It allows you to do your coursework on your own schedule in the convenience of your home or work environment.
She’s more than a lead faculty member at Duquesne University’s School of Nursing. She’s also an alumnus, having earned her DNP in 2014. She knows firsthand what it’s like to balance a rigorous graduate program, demanding career and family obligations.
DNP Faculty Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Loughran is a nurse, educator and former hospital administrator. Her clinical, teaching and executive experience adds a wide range of nursing expertise to the Duquesne faculty.
A former executive vice president at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Loughran has also served as chief nursing officer and patient care executive. She teaches in classroom and clinical settings.
She’s passionate about educating the next generation of advanced-practice nursing leaders. And she’s ready to teach you.
The online DNP program is a total of 35 credits — nine 3-credit courses and two 4‑credit courses. You can earn your degree in as few as two years. There is a brief on-campus orientation for students before they begin their online coursework.
Note: Curriculum is subject to change.
|GPNS 905||Epidemiology and Biostatistics||3 Credits|
|GPNS 907||Health Care Policy and Finance||3 Credits|
|GPNS 916||Health Care Information Systems||3 Credits|
|GPNS 917*||Transcultural Care and Global Health Perspectives||3 Credits|
|GPNG 928||Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations||3 Credits|
|GPNS 937||Ethical Leadership in Complex Organizations||3 Credits|
|GPNS 949||Foundation of Evidence-Based Practice: Evaluation of Research||3 Credits|
|GPNS 950||Foundations of Transformation: Translating Evidence to Practice||3 Credits|
|GPNS 951||Program Analysis and Measuring Change||3 Credits|
|GPNS 952||Leadership Residency I||4 Credits|
|GPNS 953||Leadership Residency II||4 Credits|
Expand upon your doctoral degree by choosing a concentration in one of three unique areas of study, including Transcultural Nursing, Forensic Nursing, or Nursing Education.
Enhance your DNP degree by specializing your focus in Transcultural Nursing. Understand more about healthcare policy and practice can affect patients from different cultural backgrounds, how health disparities can impact individuals across the globe and how to provide culturally congruent care.
|GPNG 921||Foundations of Social & Distributive Justice in Health Policy||3 Credits|
Duquesne is one of the first universities in the U.S. to offer coursework in Forensic Nursing, learn from leaders in this industry about how to care for victims of crimes and shape policy around how they are cared for by collaborating with legal teams.
|GNFO 518||Criminal Law and the Courts||3 Credits|
|GNFO 519||Advanced Forensic Nursing I – Theory and Practice||3 Credits|
|GNFO 520||Advanced Forensic Nursing II – Program Development, Leadership & Policy||3 Credits|
Complement your doctoral degree by learning more about the core competencies of being a nurse educator. The concentration meets the requirements for the Nursing Faculty Loan Program and you will be the criteria to sit to become a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing.
|GNED 507||Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice||3 Credits|
|GNED 522||Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation||3 Credits|
|GNED 532||Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing||3 Credits|
Writing is a complex process, especially at the doctoral level. That’s why our writing residency prepares you to deliver high‑quality academic papers and projects. Prior to orientation, you will gain access to writing modules created exclusively for DNP online students. Each module can be completed at your own pace.
This experience is an optional, study-abroad residency. It’s part of the transcultural and global health perspectives course, GPNS 917*. Online DNP students can study advanced-practice nursing in Italy at Duquesne’s Rome campus or in Ireland at Duquesne’s Dublin campus. This is an outstanding opportunity for doctoral nursing students to learn more about international healthcare systems.
“If you look at the core competencies outlined in the DNP Essentials, they speak directly to the importance of understanding cultures. And our study-abroad program just really nails this.”
— Dr. Mary Kay Loughran, Online DNP Program Coordinator
Nurses prepared at the DNP level are expected to provide leadership for evidence‑based practice in nursing. That’s why we require you to complete a Doctoral Practice Project.
Working closely with faculty, you will select an area of interest to evaluate, such as a population, program, system or clinical intervention within a health setting. Each course in our DNP program builds on the last — enabling you to work toward the completion of your DNP project every step of the way.
Duquesne is known for our personal touch with our students. It’s what sets us apart. You will receive regular, one-on-one support from our DNP faculty throughout the program. We’re on this journey with you. And your success is our highest priority.