One of the main contributions of The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing in the state and the region and in the country is that we are producing quality nurse practitioners to improve the patient outcomes across the country. We teach students to approach the patients in a holistic manner, not just a person who comes into the clinic with a cough or a sore throat, but rather the whole patient, their family, their occupation, everything about them. And we don’t just isolate that one experience for them.
All of our graduate courses are based upon our strength and our experience in undergraduate curriculums.
I would say that Maryville’s programs are distinctive because they were built from the ground up. Maryville had a reputable nurse practitioner program prior to going online. And so a lot of the resources and tradition were used to build the online program.
Our faculty are registered nurses. Most are nurse practitioners, board certified nurse practitioners, who practice currently and are able to translate practice in the classroom setting.
I think Maryville’s online nursing program is distinctive because we have faculty who are really devoted to the success of students.
We engage with our students very intimately, even in an online environment. That’s one of the things that we have translated from our on-ground programs to our online programs, because we have really close relationships with our students.
The Maryville faculty eat, sleep, and breathe nursing and education and how those two work together. And I don’t think I’ve ever met a more dedicated group of academic professionals.
Students get a lot of information and great advice and support from their faculty that are teaching the courses as well as the program directors.
Students will have the opportunity to speak with me via a discussion board, an assignment, an email, or they even have the choice of calling me directly in my office or by my cell phone.
The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing makes students feel a part of the community, especially in clinical courses, by promoting activities that draws students together.
One of the other things that we do at Maryville is that we promote networking among the students. Every cohort is made up of a variety of students from a variety of different states, so that when you’re studying with one another, you’re getting a different perspective.
My advice to online nursing students is, one, not to choose Maryville’s program if they’re looking for the easiest way to get a degree. And in Maryville, we really believe that involvement in engaged learning is the best way for students to learn and to really understand the content.
It’s really important to plan ahead and make sure that you set a schedule for yourself.
I would recommend establishing a relationship with each instructor and communicating any needs or challenges that you have early, so that those needs and challenges may be addressed.
There’s three keys that I think could be applied to the program that will make a student successful and that’s dedication, accountability, and time management.
Characteristics of a successful Maryville online nursing student include being comfortable with your independent learning, being self-sufficient and being self-disciplined so that you don’t fall behind in your work and you keep up.
Deans, faculty, and other members of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing discuss what makes Maryville’s nursing programs distinctive and provide advice for prospective online nursing students.
Why choose our online BSN to DNP program?
You can learn to lead in healthcare.
You’ve heard about the shortage of doctors and nurses. You may have noticed a push to bring new talent to the profession. But perhaps most urgent of all is the need for capable and qualified leaders. That’s why our online BSN to DNP programs are focused on empowering experienced nurses like you to rise to leadership roles at the highest levels in healthcare.
Fast-track your future to the forefront of healthcare.
You’ve already proved your initiative by earning your BSN degree. Our accelerated BSN to DNP online programs are more than just the next step. They’re a giant leap forward — not only for your future but also for the future of healthcare. Skip the MSN and fast-track your education to the highest credential in nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Maryville University.
Our DNP graduates:
- Apply evidence-based research to improve the quality of patient care at the bedside and beyond.
- Advocate for patient safety at all points of contact, from admission through discharge.
- Lead projects that help to define the future of nursing within your organization.
- Prepare for an executive or policy-setting role as a high-level decision-maker.
- Educate other nursing professionals who are also ready to move ahead with their careers.
10 reasons why DNP-prepared nurses are in demand
- The Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other leading authorities have called for rethinking clinical doctoral programs to prepare tomorrow’s expert practitioners.
- Today, about two dozen states grant full practice authority to NPs, enabling these professionals to open their own clinics and become their own bosses.
- The shortage of physicians, including primary care and specialty care providers, is expected to reach as high as 139,000 by 2033.
- Nursing is moving in the same direction as other health professions that require or offer practice doctorates: medicine (MD), dentistry (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD), psychology (PsyD), physical therapy (DPT), and audiology (AudD).
- The shortage of nurse educators means that U.S. nursing schools have recently turned away more than 80,000 qualified applicants due to insufficient faculty and other compounding factors.
- The DNP-prepared nurse is fully equipped to implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNS, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.
- The ongoing updates to healthcare legislation are inviting millions of new patients into the system.
- A daily influx of new technologies is constantly transforming the healthcare system, requiring nursing leaders to continually refresh and advance their knowledge.
- The aging patient population contributes to the complexity of care and the demand for leadership.
- The emergence of nurse-run clinics will continue to be integral in meeting the need for improved access to local community healthcare.
How long is the accelerated BSN-DNP program?
Most full-time BSN to DNP programs take three to four years to complete, while part-time programs may take anywhere from four to six years. Students can complete an accelerated online BSN to DNP program in as few as 40 months at Maryville University. Factors that influence a student’s time to completion include the number of courses they take each semester and their chosen concentration.
Online BSN to DNP program curriculum
Want to advance your nursing career and make the biggest impact possible? If you have your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then our online BSN to DNP programs are for you.
We designed our curriculum to help you become a researcher, practitioner, decision-maker, and leader at the highest levels of the nursing profession. With advanced courses in health promotion, pathophysiology, biostatistics, research, and systems leadership, our curriculum prepares you for success at the top of the nursing field.
The online BSN to DNP curriculum offers three entry points per year: spring, summer, and fall. This blended degree features five distinct program concentrations and includes master’s and doctoral-level courses, all of which can be completed 100% online. You can learn more on our curriculum page.
Family Nurse Practitioner
This 18-credit track features advanced courses in gerontology, pediatrics, and family health, arming you with the skills to become a family nurse practitioner and treat patients of all ages.
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
If you want to be a primary care NP who focuses on patients 13 and older, this 12-credit concentration can help you build the skills necessary to provide the best care possible.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
Study advanced concepts related to acute care diagnosis and management and learn the skills to become an AGACNP in this 18-credit concentration.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
If you want to devote your practice as a nurse to working with children, you can earn your online BSN to DNP with a PNP concentration. This 15-credit track features advanced courses in health promotion, assessment, and diagnosis of children.
Psychiatric Mental Health NP*
Want to use your nursing degree to help diagnose, treat, and improve mental health? This concentration features 21 credit hours of courses in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and management.
To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.