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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Commonwealth University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurse leaders to apply advanced practice skills at the highest level of clinical practice.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Nursing (D.N.P.)
  • Bloomsburg
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Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Lead the Future of Healthcare

The focus of the program is practice-oriented investigation in the clinical setting emphasizing health education, leadership, research application, and analysis of healthcare outcomes. The program will prepare advanced practice nurses as clinical scholars skilled in patient-centered care, intra-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, policy advocacy, and improved use of informatics and technology. Students will be prepared to assume a higher level of responsibility and leadership in nursing and health care, with the ultimate goal of improving the healthcare delivery system of the nation.

DNP Program Options

Commonwealth University offers four graduate level options for earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

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Courses and Curriculum

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Onward and Upward

Top Rated Program
Commonwealth University's Department of Nursing ranked sixth in Pennsylvania.
Our nursing program is ranked 6 of 76 schools in Pennsylvania, according to RNCareers.org. In addition, we’re ranked 67 in the Mid-Atlantic region by Nursing School Almanac.
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The doctoral degree at Commonwealth University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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COA Accreditation
In partnership with Geisinger Health System, Commonwealth's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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Connect with our Graduate Nursing Faculty


Lori Parke

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Bloomsburg
Professor Jennifer Sheaffer

Jennifer Sheaffer

  • Chair of Graduate Nursing, Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs
  • Bloomsburg

Lori Metzger

  • Associate Professor, Director, MSN/MBA Program Director, MSN Informatics Program
  • Bloomsburg

Debra Minzola

  • Program Director of Geisinger/Bloomsburg Nurse Anesthesia Program, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Bloomsburg

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