Doctor of Nursing Practice

August Entry
  • Applications available online: Anytime
  • Deadline to apply: March 1, 2016
Length of Program

Full time, five semesters

Degree Awarded

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Distance Learning

All coursework is distance accessible except for four required on-campus events: Boot Camp (fall - 1),D749 Integrative Experiences (spring - 1, fall - 2, spring - 2)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a distance-accessible post-masters, 37-credit hour practice-focused professional doctorate. The DNP is designed for nurses involved in any advanced practice role including but not limited to:

  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Nurse executive
  • Nurse informatician
  • Nurse educator
  • Health policy analyst
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse midwife
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Public health practitioner

As a graduate of the program you are prepared to assume leadership positions at a systems level and to sit for credentialing, e.g., AONE, ACHE, LEAN - Yellow and Green Belts.  You will contribute to quality improvement and innovation through systems thinking, reflective practice, informatics, translation science, and evidence-based clinical practice.

Program Outcomes

As a graduate of the DNP program, you are prepared to:

  • Use relationship-centered nursing leadership to improve health care and the health status and outcomes of individuals
  • Engage with communities of practice to frame problems, design and implement evidence-based interventions, and evaluate outcomes
  • Integrate the needs of diverse societies in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services in complex systems
  • Transform clinical practice through reflection, action inquiry, strategic resource management, information technology, and/or knowledge-based resources
  • Translate knowledge for application to the delivery of advanced nursing practice
  • Implement changes based on evaluation of health systems, health policy, and nursing science in response to social, political, economic, and ethical issues
  • Evaluate the impact of change on complex health systems including individuals and populations

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