DNP Career Outlook

A student in the College of Nursing’s online Nurse Practioner program completes her clinical studies at Gainesville’s Eastside Clinic.

As someone with a DNP, a number of job opportunities are available to you. However, the most popular options include:

  • Nurse Practitioner, where you will still work directly with patients. Generally, you will be able to prescribe medication as well.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, where you will provide clinical advice on specific conditions.
  • Nurse Anesthetist, where you work side by side with an anesthesiologist during surgical procedures.
  • Nurse Midwife, where you will work delivering babies and offering pre and post-natal care.
  • Nurse Educator, where you will train future nursing students at university.

Once you hold a DNP degree, you can become employed across the full spectrum of health care organizations, from community health centers to hospitals and from private clinics to universities.

  • Obtaining your DNP opens your opportunities for growth. Organizations look to DNP graduates to:
    • Manage other nurses and staff
    • Leadership roles in providing patient care
    • Development of policies and procedures
    • Conduct research
    • Educate patients and the public on health care issues