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Graduate Bulletin

Nursing Practice, D.N.P.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: February 15

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from employers, professional colleagues, and/or college faculty members.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Two admission options are offered for the D.N.P. program:  direct entry from the B.S.N. (post-baccalaureate option) or post-M.S.N. with advanced practice certification (post-master's option).

Post-Master’s Admission:

Post-master's applicants must have earned an M.S.N. from an accredited nursing program and be certified as an advanced practice nurse from a specialty organization or be a graduate of the M.S.N.-CNL program at Temple University.

Post-Baccalaureate Admission:

Post-baccalaureate applicants choose between two areas of concentration: Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner. Candidates who apply for post-B.S.N. entry must have earned a baccalaureate degree in Nursing with a GPA of 3.0. An individual with an R.N. license and a baccalaureate degree in another discipline is eligible to apply to the D.N.P. program upon completing a series of four courses, referred to as the "Transition Program," with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and include the following: the reason for your interest in a graduate degree; why you are interested in Temple's program; and your future career goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required for those who enter post-B.S.N, but waived for those who enter post-M.S.N. Scores are expected to be at or above the 50th percentile. To qualify for a waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement, the applicant must have either an:

    • undergraduate GPA greater than 3.5
    • cumulative GPA of 3.5 in three graduate core courses if undergraduate GPA is less than or equal to 3.49
    • graduate degree in another discipline

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


Applicants are required to schedule an interview with Dolores M. Zygmont Ph.D., R.N., by calling 215-707-3789 or zygmont@temple.edu OR the appropriate concentration coordinator. For the Adult Nurse Practitioner concentration, contact M. Elayne DeSimone at 215-707-4622 or elayned@temple.edu. For the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, contact Randi Flexner Salm at 215-707-7875 or randi@temple.edu.


A professional resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the Graduate Nursing Program. The course must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grade must be a "B" or better to transfer. The decision is made by the Associate Chair of Graduate Education in conjunction with the faculty responsible for the course in question. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.


Copies of the applicant's current nursing license must be provided with the application packet.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 58 for the Adult Nurse Practitioner Concentration; 62 for the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration; 30 for students entering post-master's

Required Courses:

M.S.N. Core Courses (22 credits):

NURS 5501: Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing of Families and Individuals 

NURS 5552: Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis

NURS 5553: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 5557: Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 5558: Local and Global Perspectives in Population Health

NURS 5901: Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

NURS 5902: Evidence-Based Practice

PUB HLTH 5101: Epidemiology

D.N.P. Core Courses (15 credits):

NURS 5903: Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative

NURS 8201: Health Indices of Urban Populations in Primary Health Care

NURS 8211: Leadership and Health Policy in Clinical Nursing

NURS 8302: Managing Quality Initiatives Through Nursing Quality Initiatives

NURS 8303: Health Economics and Information Systems in Primary Health Care

Required Specialty Courses (18-22 credits):

NURS 9287: Primary Care for Children with Acute/Episodic Health Problems (FNP ONLY)

NURS 9885: DNP Clinical Capstone

NURS 9886: DNP Evidence-Based Practice Project Implementation

NURS 9887: Primary Care of the Adolescent and Client with Reproductive Health Concerns

NURS 9888: Primary Care of the Older Adult with Chronic Health Problems

NURS 9987: Primary Care of the Young and Middle Adult with Acute/Episodic Health Problems

Cognate (3 credits):

Chosen in consultation with the academic advisor, the cognate must be in support of the EBP project. 

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

During NURS 9885: DNP Clinical Capstone, the student develops an evidence-based project in consultation with a committee composed of a clinical preceptor and faculty. During NURS 9886: DNP EBP Implementation, the student implements the evidence-based project and evaluates the impact on client outcomes. 

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Nursing

Graduate Education
College of Health Professions and Social Work
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Department Contacts:



Adult Nurse Practitioner Concentration Coordinator:

M. Elayne DeSimone  Ph.D., C.R.N.P.



Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Coordinator:

Randi Flexner Salm, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.



Graduate Chairperson:

Dolores M. Zygmont, Ph.D., R.N.



Frances Ward, Ph.D., C.R.N.P.

David R. Devereaux, Chair and Professor



About the Program

Graduate nursing education strongly reflects the values and goals of Nursing and the broad mission of Temple University. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares graduates to provide primary care for individuals and families grounded in evidence-based practice and research. Embedded in the D.N.P. is the social context of health systems, health policy, and health economics and their impact on the individual, family, and community. The D.N.P. prepares the student to provide direct primary care to individuals across diverse settings and indirect administration of systems of care, as well as to participate in the development and implementation of health policy. The D.N.P. program expands students' scope of practice while maintaining a clinical primary care focus. Through integration of the educator, clinician, and research roles, faculty work with D.N.P. students to cultivate the value of evidence-based clinical practice and its potential impact on individuals, groups, and communities.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences

Core courses are offered on the HSC campus, online, or as a hybrid.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students can attend as either full-time or part-time students. Classes are offered between 4:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Department Information:

Dept. of Nursing

Graduate Education
College of Health Professions and Social Work
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


The Department of Nursing is accredited for 10 years, through 2012, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Areas of Specialization:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered with two concentrations:  Adult Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Job Placement:

Graduates of the program are employed in a variety of diverse settings, including both inpatient and outpatient settings affiliated with hospitals and clinics.


An R.N. license is required for B.S.N. applicants. R.N. and C.R.N.P. licensure is required for post-M.S.N. applicants, unless a graduate of Temple’s CNL program.


Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students can take a total of 9 graduate credits prior to matriculation, although they must submit a complete application before registering for their third course. Only the following courses may be taken while a non-matriculated student: NURS 5501: Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing of Families and Individuals; NURS 5553: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice; NURS 5558: Local and Global Perspectives in Population Health; NURS 5901: Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice; and NURS 5902: Evidence-Based Practice.

Financing Opportunities

Funds are available to matriculated students who are in specialty courses and nearing program completion.

Updated 9.1.11