Nursing Practice DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the College of Public Health is designed for students seeking the highest practice-focused graduate degree in nursing. Temple’s DNP program develops students’ leadership and advocacy skills—as well as their expertise in advanced-practice nursing—and prioritizes partnering with the surrounding community in meaningful and sustainable ways.

The Department of Nursing produces nurse practitioners who are leaders in their field, in both advanced clinical practice and system and organizational change. We emphasize our connection and commitment to the North Philadelphia community in which Temple is located. Our students train to provide primary care within the broader context of individual clients, including community, family and social environments.

Temple’s DNP program offers a post-baccalaureate option for students who want to earn a doctorate immediately after earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), which eliminates the need to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). We also offer a 30-credit, post-master’s track for individuals who have already earned MSNs.

We view health through the lens of our local community.  

The Department of Nursing in the College of Public Health builds sustainable, long-term partnerships in the North Philadelphia community. Our partnerships with local public health departments, organizations and other neighborhood groups give students opportunities to create meaningful connections during their study and help people live healthier lives. Many of our community partners are primary care clinics for a range of populations, including the homeless, Medicare and Medicaid recipients and the undernourished, allowing you to experience primary care nursing in settings other than hospitals.

Our community connections also help you find high-quality placements for your clinical experience. Some DNP students spend multiple clinical experiences at the same location, and then find permanent employment with one of their sites, because they have developed relationships and become partners in the community.

That sense of community starts in the classroom. The majority of our faculty are active nurse practitioners, giving you a real-time connection to current trends in primary healthcare. Our faculty have a high rate of professional involvement, including leadership in professional nursing and healthcare associations, which can help you network successfully.

Our faculty members also prioritize a supportive and cohesive group dynamic, in which students learn as a part of a dedicated cohort. Students can also earn a Teaching in Higher Education certificate—since many of our graduates may initially find employment as nurse preceptors in clinical settings, this is a valuable skill.

The DNP program will prepare you to achieve the competencies laid out by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, including

  • scientific underpinnings for practice,
  • organizational and systems leadership,
  • clinical scholarship and analytical methods,
  • information systems and technology and patient care technology,
  • healthcare policy for advocacy in healthcare,
  • interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes,
  • clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health, and
  • advanced nursing practice.

Options for Study

The DNP Program has two tracks: the Post-Baccalaureate and the Post-MSN. Both options are designed for either part- or full-time study, though full-time enrollment is preferred.

Post-BSN DNP Concentrations

The Post-BSN track prepares graduates as primary care providers in one of two concentrations.

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

    The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Concentration is a 58-credit curriculum that prepares graduates to provide primary care to all adults, including the elderly. The courses delve into the complex issues of chronic disease and aging, providing students additional expertise with a growing demographic in the U.S. population.

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  • Family-Individual Across the Lifespan

    The Family-Individual Across the Lifespan Concentration is a 62-credit curriculum that prepare graduates to provide primary care to all age groups, from infants to the elderly.

    View the DNP program curriculum. View this concentration’s curriculum sequence for part-time and full-time study.

    Students are provided with a wide variety of clinical experiences. Read more.

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Post-MSN Track

The Post-MSN Concentration is tailored to the needs of certified, advanced-practice nurses, including certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners. This 30-credit curriculum provides certified advanced practice registered nurses with the toolkit necessary for engaging in evidence-based, scholarly clinical practice. View this concentration’s curriculum sequence.

Due to university policy, the Nursing Department does NOT evaluate the number of credits transferred into our programs until AFTER admission to the university. Learn more about Temple’s policy for credit transfers.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Temple University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2027.


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