Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Overview

Propel Your Career to the Next Level 

Develop the skills and competencies required to be a leader in complex clinical practice settings. Built with you in mind, our DNP program features a carefully sequenced and integrated curriculum that is designed to deliver the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to propel your career to the next level. You'll succeed with the support of your fellow peers as you progress on either a full time or part time plan of study.

The IUSON DNP program offers:

Relevant learning

Our innovative curriculum gives you access to national and global healthcare leaders as you and your peers solve real-world, complex healthcare problems. Our curriculum and clinical experiences are designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and abilities to graduate ready to lead in complex health systems.

Growth-expanding relationships

Our program is designed around your busy schedule. You will learn from your peers, faculty, and national and local nursing educators and leaders via a mix of distance-accessible coursework, and synchronous video-conference class times. Additionally, you will experience two on-campus intensives during the program.  Staying together as a cohort throughout the program ties you together in professional partnerships that often continue to grow well beyond your graduation.

Meaningful experiences

Students complete a minimum of 1000 clinical practice hours where you apply what you're learning in didactic coursework to the planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of projects that focus on health outcomes.  Students may transfer up to 500 clinical hours from their Masters of Science in Nursing into the DNP.  These combined experiences help you see other ways of thinking, prepare you for success, and help you learn to "stand and deliver" solutions to today's complex healthcare challenges.

With an IU School of Nursing DNP, you'll be ready to lead teams, manage a service line or clinical department, impact health policy, or take on a leadership role in a wide range of healthcare organizations.  Answer the call to take your healthcare career to the next level.

DNP Learning Outcomes

The DNP Learning Outcomes reflect executive leadership knowledge and skills and design of sustainable new models of care. As a DNP graduate you are well positioned for a successful career as a leader within healthcare settings.  Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Use executive leadership knowledge and skills to advance population health, enhance safety and quality, and disseminate new knowledge in complex systems
  • Create value through novel practice change, translation of evidence, appropriation of resources, and performance improvement.
  • Synthesize multiple sources of information to transform clinical practice and design sustainable new models of care and/or care delivery systems
  • Advocate for diverse patient, family, and community health by actively engaging in design, implementation, and evaluation of health policy at multiple levels
  • Integrate ethical obligations, legal and regulatory recommendations, professional standards, practice guidelines, and professional accountability in own practice
  • Apply interprofessional collaborative relationships to promote cultures of inclusion, inquiry, professional governance, and ongoing partnership

Outcomes approved by DNP Curriculum & Student Affairs 10/11/18