Popular Role Specialties

We offer two role specialties through the BSN-entry DNP program: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Nurse Executive.

Flexible Options for Earning Your DNP Degree

Choose from six start dates (including midterm starts) and options for accelerated or decelerated study.1

Online + Hands-on Learning

Master new skills through immersive virtual simulations, high-tech learning tools, and hands-on clinical lab experiences.

One-on-One Support

We encourage your success through practicum support, on-demand tutoring, mentorship, writing assistance, and more.


Improve patient care and organizational outcomes.

Become a nurse leader with your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Learn how our flexible online DNP program stands apart.

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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate (FNP role specialty) programs at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Lead the future of healthcare with your doctorate in nursing.

Gain more power to influence patient outcomes through clinical, advocacy, and administrative leadership roles. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares you for advanced nursing practice and is among the highest-level nursing programs available. BSN-entry students choose from two popular role specialties.

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Learn how our DNP is designed to fit your lifestyle. 

BSN-entry DNP

  • Online coursework + two required on-campus clinical intensives
  • 12 trimesters2 (4 years)
  • 71 credit hours + 1,035 practicum contact hours

MSN-entry DNP

  • Online coursework + optional on-campus immersions
  • 10 trimesters2 (3.3 years)
  • 64 credit hours + 1,000 practicum contact hours

Family Nurse Practitioner role specialty

Nurse Executive role specialty

Post-specialty curriculum

  • Online coursework + optional on-campus immersions
  • 7 trimesters2(2.3 years)
  • 42–52 credit hours + 540–1,000 practicum contact hours

Lead with confidence.

The two role specialties in our BSN-entry track prepare you to influence patient care, whether as a clinician or a nurse executive.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner: Become the primary care provider for your patients, with the ability to diagnose conditions, prescribe medication, and manage chronic and acute illness. The FNP role specialty includes advanced classroom and clinical education in family practice, plus a robust practicum.
  • Nurse Executive: Lead interprofessional teams, optimize workflows, and make decisions that impact patient care across the healthcare continuum. Use transformational leadership and clinical analytics techniques to improve patient outcomes.

USAHS instructors are brilliant. They give real-life scenarios and assignments that we can take into our professions.


Dedicated solely to graduate health sciences education.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in graduate nursing, health administration, health science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, education, and speech-language pathology, as well as continuing education programs.

Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Dallas, Texas.

USAHS is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001, www.wascsenior.org

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1Please note that for accelerated learning courses, students must enroll in and concurrently complete an “anchor” course (i.e., a course not designated with a “B” suffix) to be eligible for financial aid for the accelerated learning course. See the Financial Aid webpage for additional information.

2 Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors.

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Become a nurse leader with your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Improve patient care and organizational outcomes.


Ready to open more doors in your nursing career?