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Cohort and Academic Resources

Cohort and Student Engagement

On-Campus Intensives
The DNPEL meets for 5 days during the first fall semester in December for the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program and again at the end of August in the 2nd year. For both programs, the intensives are an important time to build relationships and network amongst your cohort. You will also meet with faculty and participate in various workshops such as translating evidence into practice, leadership, scholarly writing, data analytics, and other essential DNP topics and skills.

Cohort Interaction
Your cohort take courses together, which means you will get to know each other through intellectual discussions, group projects, and study group activities. Each month, DNP Program Leadership host a Quaker Chat webinar for Post-Master’s DNP students in all cohorts. These webinars feature DNP-prepared faculty, alumni, and other nurse leaders discussing their career journeys. Each cohort has its own group chat and Canvas landing page as well.

Academic Resources and Support

Online, Asynchronous Learning
Our world-class faculty teach all Post-Master’s DNPEL courses online in a mostly asynchronous format. They provide flexible office hours to accommodate various time zones and schedules of full-time working professionals. We encourage you to continue working while in the program, so your practice informs your learning and scholarship.

Library Support
The DNP program is proud to have dedicated librarians committed to supporting the research and scholarship needs of DNP students. They are available for consultations via BlueJeans and phone. Librarians Richard James and Sherry Morgan collaborate closely with faculty to help students working on their DNP projects and courses.

Optional Electives and Certificates
Post-Master’s DNPEL students may enroll in additional online courses at other University of Pennsylvania graduate schools in addition to the courses in the DNPEL plan of study:

School of Nursing Palliative Care Certificate

Perelman School of Medicine Health Care Innovation Certificate