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DNP/PhD Post-MSN Option*

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy (DNP/PhD) in Nursing dual degree, a unique, innovative program that integrates the essential practice aspects inherent in the DNP with the scholarly research emphasis of a PhD, resulting in a nursing professional prepared to become a “practice scientist.”

The DNP/PhD curriculum is available to individuals at the post-master’s level in nursing. Students complete the program in four years, including doctoral dissertation and clinical coursework.

Our doctoral level coursework establishes a critical basis for carrying out a culminating change project and dissertation in a related area. Courses include advanced theory, research and immersion in practice intensive coursework specific to the student’s chosen area of specialization. The final year of study is focused on completion of project and dissertation activities.

Classes are conducted online in combination with annual five-day intensives held on-campus at Goldfarb School of Nursing. The first intensive session is held immediately prior to the initial term of study where students will be able to meet with classmates and potential faculty mentors.

The integrated clinical and research approach of the DNP/PhD program enables students to develop a solid in-depth understanding of theory and research essential to undertaking discovery while at the same time, acquiring the knowledge fundamental to advance the practice of nursing. Graduates will enter the marketplace much more quickly and provide major contributions to addressing the nursing shortage in both practice and academic arenas.

*At this time, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is updating the doctoral program's curriculum and not admitting students into the option. If you would like to be notified when the option's application process is open, please email

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