Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Overview
Student Experience

A Life-changing Experience Awaits You

Enrolling in IUSON's DNP Program is so much more than just taking classes. It's an immersive, integrative experience that propels your growth as a leader, both in and out of the classroom.

DNP Intensive

You've just made a life-changing decision, one that affects you, your family, and your colleagues. So as you start the program, you will participate in a two day Intensive designed to introduce you to doctoral study and to help you chart your way.  Meet your peers, get your questions answered, interact with the faculty, and set your sights on your end goal. Most importantly, come away from this experience with the foundation set for your DNP on which you will develop as a doctoral student. 

Executive Leadership Development

As you learn more about your leadership strengths and business knowledge through the curriculum, you will also develop your own personalized leadership development plan. To help you develop your leadership presence and plans, you will experience leadership assessments, professional networking events, image consulting, health coaching, and formalized mentoring relationships.

Integrative Experiences

As cornerstones of the curriculum, these integrative and immersive experiences give you the chance to apply what you're learning to real-world case studies. Students from multiple schools come together to focus their efforts on developing best solutions to presented case studies. Interacting with case study stakeholders, you and your team work on solutions, then come together in an in-person event to compete in the Healthcare Revolution Challenge. 

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IUSON DNP Students Work with World Health Organization

Asiya Odugleh-Kolev

Egypt has the highest rate of hepatitis C in the world due to unsafe injection practices. DNP students, along with students from five other schools, were challenged to create a culturally specific pilot plan to implement the WHO's injection safety guidelines in Egypt. Students talked with representatives from WHO and the Ministry of Health in Egypt to plan their solutions, then came together for the fall 2015 Integrated Experience to compete for best solution. Asiya Odugleh-Kolev was guest speaker and took ideas from each solution back to the WHO to incorporate into plans moving forward.

Student Services

Doctoral study demands commitment and focus that can be challenging both personally and professionally.  You can excel with your personal support system, input from your peers, and the services we provide. The DNP staff (coordinator, advisor, and administrative support) plan the program particulars, while also helping you anticipate and handle any challenges you may face. Recognizing that you are juggling work and personal demands, the staff will:

  • Send you orientation materials ahead of program start
  • Answer and/or point you in the right direction to assist with your questions
  • Act as a first point-of-contact between you and your faculty during times when personal or family issues may need your attention
  • Coordinate all Intensive and Integrative Experience in-person events
  • Prompt you when time to register for classes, turn in forms, choose electives, etc.
  • Provide student services support as you make your way through the program