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Degrees Available at SIUE

• Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Why DNP?

Building on their specialty practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates design new models of care, use evidence to improve practice, evaluate outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of individuals, communities, and populations, and use technology and information systems to improve health outcomes.


The SIUE Post-Master's DNP program is designed for nurses holding a nursing master's degree in an advanced nursing practice specialty area or in health care administration. Guided by faculty mentors, DNP candidates enrich and deepen their specialty practice by engaging in transformative educational activities. Through experiential learning, self assessment and reflection, community engagement, interprofessional relationships and scientific inquiry, nurses emerge as leaders, transforming their practice and health care in self-identified areas of concern and influence. The program culminates in a doctoral project that reflects a synthesis of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the candidate's educational experience.

To facilitate learners' access to DNP education, the program is offered primarily online with intermittent, scheduled face-to-face learning experiences. All educational strategies focus on the development of meaningful relationships and scholarship competencies needed at the highest level of nursing practice.

Career Outlook

The need for innovative strategies to improve the nation's health has created a high demand for doctorally prepared nurses who possess the sophisticated blend of interpersonal, practice, organizational, business, and leadership skills as offered in the SIUE DNP program.

How to Apply

Contact Dr. Kathy Ketchum, Assistant Dean for the Graduate Programs, (618) 650-3936 or


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