Nursing convocation with doctoral candidate at York College

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Use your knowledge and clinical experience to make an impact in your community with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. With an emphasis on evidence-based interventions and health policy changes, your degree can help you make huge impacts in health care outcomes.

Be a part of the health care revolution with York College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Take part in this post-master’s program that is designed to make you a leader who can change the way nursing practice impacts the community. From informing health policy changes to looking for ways to improve quality and safety, our graduates have improved complex systems to provide better, more comprehensive care.

As the demand for a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree grows, health care facilities are looking for new leadership candidates to address the needs related to nursing shortages and the complexity of patient care. See our graduate fees and tuition information, as well as additional information below about how our program can benefit you.

We're excited to announce we've been approved to convert our Nurse Anesthetist Program into a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, effective immediately. Please see our NAP program page for more information about this unique opportunity, as York College is one of the few in the country able to offer this right now.

Doctor of Nursing Practice students on graduation day 2015 at York College of Pennsylvania
Our graduates are transformative nursing leaders who are well-suited to be leaders.
Director of DNP program confers with student.

What you need to know about earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

This program is ideal for a nurse leader/clinician. You'll be able to complete our curriculum in two years. Here's the criteria to be admitted into our program — applications are currently being accepted:
  • 3.5 GPA or higher from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited master’s level nursing program
  • Completion of a master’s-level health policy course
  • Proposal identifying a potential evidence-based practice project that targets a specific population and can be implemented in a practice setting
  • Interview with DNP Admissions Committee
DNP student presents her project in poster format.

Enacting change in a clinical setting DNP Scholarly Projects

You'll become an expert in the appraisal and synthesis of evidence. Your academic and practice experience prepares you to lead the implementation of evidence-based interventions to enhance health care delivery and outcomes on a system-wide level. The final scholarly project includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence-based practice change within the clinical setting. A few of our many success stories:

  • York College DNP Scholarly Projects Examples

    Ann E. Norwich, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN

    The Palliative Care Dementia Project: Improving 0utcomes for hospitalized patients with dementia

    Lynn S. Motz, MSN, CRNP, ACNP-BC

    Reducing 30-day readmission using the Rothman Index for discharge decision-making

    Amy E. Seitz Cooley, MS, RN, ACNS-BC
    Using a multifaceted education intervention to improve nurses' recognition and management of delirium

    Abigail Strouse, DNP, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, CBN

    Implementing non-basin bathing to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections

    ‌Christopher A. Smith, DNP, CRNA

    Improving the quality of post-anesthesia care: An evidence-based initiative to decrease the incidence of post-op nausea and vomiting in the post-anesthesia care unit

    ‌Paula Feeley Coe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    Development of exemplary leadership in nurse managers to improve registered nurse and patient satisfaction: An evidence-based practice project

    Jenny L. Monn, DNP, FNP-BC

    Influenza among college students: A multi-modal campus-wide initiative to improve immunization uptake

    Mary Lou Mortimer, DNP, RNC-NIC

    Improving neonatal pain assessment and management: Using computer-based learning to implement an evidence-based clinical practice guideline

    Kelli Masters, DNP, RN, CCRN

    Integrating quality and safety education into clinical nursing education through a dedicated education unit

    Janet Shields, DNP, CRNP, PNP-BC

    Decreasing the incidence of central line infection in children at home on parenteral nutrition with short bowel syndrome

    Brenda Artz, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN

    An evidence-based project to improve mobility in a medical surgical ICU

    Dawn Becker, DNP, RN, CEN, ACNS-BC

    Implementation of a bag medication reconciliation initiative to decrease post-hospitalization medication discrepancies

Contact Us
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Kimberly Fenstermacher, PhD, CRNP
Diehl Hall, Room 223
Phone: 717.815.1383
Hours Contact for appt.

Graduate Programs in Nursing
Diehl Hall, Room 240