Saint Anthony College of Nursing to offer doctorate in nursing practice

Online Staff Report

Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford has announced the addition of a new Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program to its graduate-level offerings beginning the summer of 2014.

Students with a bachelor of science in nursing degree may pursue one of three options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Students with a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree may pursue the specialty of Nursing Leadership in Macro/Micro HealthCare Systems in addition to the options mentioned above.

The college continues to offer its MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader options.

Applications for the DNP program, which begins in June 2014, will be available on the college website April 1.

Questions regarding the new DNP or continuing MSN program options should be directed to Shannon Lizer, Ph.D., APN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, dean of Graduate Affairs and Research, at or (815) 227-2444 or the college Graduate Affairs office at (815) 395-5476.

Regionally and professionally accredited, Saint Anthony College of Nursing is a Catholic college that prepares students to become caring, professional nurses in acute care and ambulatory settings in beginning and advanced roles of the profession. Undergraduate students are admitted to the College of Nursing’s Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program following the completion of 64 hours of lower division credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Undergraduates who are licensed as Registered Nurses (RNs) may complete their BSN through the college’s innovative RN-to-BSN Program.

The college’s Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is open to RNs with a bachelor’s degree. Applicants may choose from one of four MSN tracks: Nurse Educator (NE), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). MSN-prepared RNs may pursue a post-master’s FNP, CNS or NE certification

Saint Anthony College of Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, and is approved by the State of Illinois Board of Higher Education to grant the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The SACN BSN program is approved by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation. The Saint Anthony College of Nursing Bachelor of Science (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The college is at 5658 E. State St. in Rockford and can be reached at (815) 395-5091. Visit for more details.

Posted March 26, 2014

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