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Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

Earn your CCNE-accredited post-masters DNP at a university known for nursing excellence.

  • Earn your DNP online in as few as 3 years
  • practiced-focused curriculum
  • 100% online coursework
  • Qualify for roles with a median annual income of $113,930 and 26% projected growth rate through 2028.1

As the health care industry evolves, the need for leaders who can stay ahead of the curve is greater than ever. Lead the transformation with an online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

What Makes Us Unique?

Nursing expertise at every level. Sacred Heart University is known for its excellence in nursing education. With programs at all levels of study, from BSN to a Post Masters DNP online, Sacred Heart has the resources, expertise, and pathways that can propel you to continued career advancement and longterm success.

The Human Journey. Sacred Heart believes in a whole-person approach to patient treatment and nurse leadership. We call it The Human Journey. You’ll explore what it means to be a human being through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, and more.

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  • Duration 3 years
  • Cost per Credit $995
  • Credit Hours 39

Program Benefits

  • Maximize your career potential
  • Nurse-friendly, asynchronous course format
  • Attend class when and where it’s convenient
  • Experience hands-on, applied learning

Earn Nursing’s Highest Credential With a Top-Ranked University

Maximize your career potential and prepare to take on advanced clinical and leadership roles and enhancing your ability to design, implement, manage and evaluate health care delivery systems.

With a focus on clinical practice, this program is ideal for those with a desire to improve patient and population health outcomes, combined with a passion for solving systemic problems. You’ll train specifically for advanced clinical and leadership roles and gain a competitive advantage over master’s-educated nurses.

Ranked #218 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2020,2 as well as one of The Princeton Review‘s Best 385 Colleges, Sacred Heart University offers you a doctorate that is truly unique in the market.

Career Outlook: Unlock Multiple Opportunities

Maximize your career opportunities in advanced clinical practice and executive health care leadership with the online Post Masters DNP program. You’ll qualify for roles with a median annual income of $113,930 and projected growth rate of 26 percent through 2028.1

Positions such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Certified Nurse Midwife allow you to continue to work with patients, while positions such as Director of Nursing and Executive VP of Healthcare let you step back and manage a team from a higher level, focusing more on management-related challenges.

doctor looks at medical history with a dnp

Curriculum: Practice-Focused Degree

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program consists of 14 courses and 39 credit hours; 12 of these 39 credit hours will focus on the selection and completion of the post-master’s DNP scholarly project.

Explore the interrelationship between policy, advocacy and ethics on clinical practice, learn to identify key processes involved in optimal patient safety, examine methods for describing disease rates and other vital statistics, and much more.

The DNP curriculum includes a scholarly practice project in which you’ll use your research to improve critical care delivery and patient outcomes.


Program Outcomes: Enhance Your Leadership Potential

Through the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you will be prepared to:

Admission Requirements

The following are some of the essential admission requirements for the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program:


Tuition Details

The DNP program from Sacred Heart University costs $995 per credit and features 39 total credit hours. Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.


Faculty: Side-by-Side Support

Highly focused on leadership and practice, the faculty at Sacred Heart University consists of doctorally prepared professors who will work side-by-side with you as you complete your degree.

Why Learn Online?

Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.


Financial Aid

At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

You should expect a one-day orientation on campus the week prior to your class start and another campus visit at the end of the program to present your DNP project. So, you are coming to campus two times for the DNP program. Details will be available prior to your residency but plan to be on campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, for one full day.

The DNP program requires 1,000 clinical hours minus any credit given for your MSN clinical hours. You can receive credit for up to 470 prior graduate clinical hours.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university. You will need to submit syllabi for any coursework to be considered for transfer.

You can earn a DNP degree in three years.

You may take as many as six years to complete the program.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 16, 2019, from
  2. U.S. News & World Report (2020). Sacred Heart University. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from