Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP with a focus on Population Health is a practice-oriented doctorate that prepares graduates to become leaders in today’s complex and dynamic health care systems. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge to translate research into practice, thus strengthening the delivery of health care and enhancing patient outcomes. They can become industry leaders who bridge practice and business.

If you have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing, in two years you can earn a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a focus on Population Health. The University of Saint Francis has a proven record of hybrid learning in graduate studies.

The Post MSN to DNP program will be delivered with a low residency allowing students to maintain employment in their current nursing roles while preparing for the future of healthcare. Interview dates are conducted in person and via Skype on select Mondays in October, December, January, March, and April. Applications may be submitted using

On ground residency dates for DNP coursework will occur Weeks 3 & 12 in Fall and Spring semesters and Week 7 in Summer semester.


  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program

Admission Requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2*
  • Completed application for admission
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae, detailing professional positions and accomplishments
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice or eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Indiana
  • Three professional letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant potential for graduate study.
  • An essay (not to exceed five pages, double spaced, 12-point font):
    • Explain your educational and professional goals. This should focus on a recent clinical experience, and how the DNP will enhance your professional development and career goals following completion of the program. The goal statements will be evaluated on content and appropriate use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Discuss how you have helped to develop and disseminate knowledge in your past experience as a professional nurse.
  • TOEFL and TWE scores – Degree-seeking individuals whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL and TWE scores. Photocopies are not acceptable. Scores of 100 Internet-based total or 250 computer-based total on the general TOEFL and a score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) are the minimum score requirements.
  • Completion of the DNP interview.

Curriculum Plan

Post-MSN DNP Curriculum Plan