Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Temple’s College of Public Health is for nurses seeking the highest degree in nursing practice. Graduates of Temple’s DNP program become leaders who advance health equity and quality of life at individual, community and population levels.
The DNP program at Temple offers two options for admission: one for students with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, and one for students with a master’s degree in nursing. For post-BSN students, the focus is on course work that expands their knowledge base in areas of pharmacotherapeutics, pathophysiology and health assessment. Post-master’s students take advanced coursework that builds on their prior education, professional roles, and practice-oriented experiences. As a post-master’s student, you will also gain new knowledge and skills that position you as a leader in advancing nursing practice that is evidence-based and grounded in collaboration and partnership.
Located in the diverse community of North Philadelphia, the Department of Nursing is committed to underserved populations. Many of our faculty are actively engaged in practice, which provides a real-time connection to current trends in healthcare. Faculty also have a high rate of professional participation, including leadership roles on committees and in professional organizations with local, state, national and international reach. The department is building its research footprint, with faculty expertise in the areas of obesity, child and family health, and health disparity.
What sets apart our DNP program?
- Nursing education within a context of population health
The DNP program resides within Temple’s College of Public Health, which includes healthcare and health services disciplines such as physical therapy and health information management, as well as traditional public health fields that include epidemiology and biostatistics.
- One of the few post-baccalaureate DNP programs in the region
Students with a BSN are eligible for admission to the DNP program.
- Designed for working professionals
Classes take place onsite at Temple’s Health Sciences Center and are offered one day a week to facilitate long-term schedule planning. Many courses offer a mix of online and in-person classes to accommodate working professionals.
- Preparation for a career in nursing education
Students will earn a Teaching in Higher Education certificate, preparing graduates for positions in an educational setting.
- An emphasis on nursing scholarship
Faculty members and organization mentors work closely with students to develop a scholarly project that begins in the first year of the program and culminates in the final year with project implementation and dissemination.
You can engage with peers and find leadership opportunities in student-led clubs and organizations at the College of Public Health. Learn more about student clubs and organizations here.
The College of Public Health offers personalized advising services to students in each department. DNP students can seek academic and program support from their faculty advisors and from the program director.