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Nursing (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed for nurses seeking the highest graduate degree in nursing practice.

The Temple DNP program includes two options leading to the DNP degree.

  1. The post-master’s option prepares graduates for practice leadership roles in a variety of health care settings.
  2. The post-BSN option includes two specialty concentrations:
    • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care (AGPC)
    • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan (FIAL)

View the DNP Curriculum here.

All applicants will be automatically considered for available merit-based scholarships at the time they are reviewed for admission.  Students will be notified if they are in receipt of such scholarships either at the time of admission or very shortly thereafter.

Why Temple Nursing?

  • Temple University is part of the diverse North Philadelphia community
  • The DNP program resides within Temple's College of Public Health
  • Hybrid course offerings: online and in-person
  • Faculty and organization mentors work with students to develop a final scholarly Doctor of Nursing Practice project (DNP Project)
  • Interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary courses focused on experiential learning
  • Certificate in Higher Education included in the program


Post-Baccalaureate DNP

  • One of the first post-baccalaureate programs established in the Philadelphia region
  • Designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN)
  • Practice-oriented specialties:
  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan (FIAL)
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care (AGPC)
  • Clinical practice sites selected to maximize learning
  • Three-year full-time or four-year part-time study options
  • Full tuition scholarships are available to a select number of incoming students from the greater Philadelphia area. Students must be full-time to be considered, and preference is given to those applying to the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care (AGPC) concentration. Click here to learn more about these J. Russell Fawley Scholarships.

Post-Master's DNP

  • Development of system and organization leaders
  • Development and implementation of final scholarly project (DNP Project) occurs over 3 semesters
  • Five semester full-time or eight semester part-time study options

Non-Matriculated Student Policy

Non-matriculated students can take a total of nine graduate credits prior to matriculation. Only the following courses may be taken while a non-matriculated student:

  • EPBI 5002 (3 credits): Biostatistics
  • NURS 5501 (3 credits): Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing of Families and Individuals
  • HRPR 8985 (3 credits):  Teaching in Higher Education: Health Professions

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Temple University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) through 2027.