Program Description

  • The DNP is an advanced educational credential for those who desire advanced practice knowledge but do not need or want a research focus.
  • Available for postbaccalaureate and postmaster’s students who want to earn their DNP
  • Curriculum spans 8 semesters with a semester courseload not exceeding 9-10 credits
  •  The culminating work of the DNP curriculum is a comprehensive, practice based project.
    • Final project helps graduates build their clinical scholarship and expertise.
    • Students’ projects are often published and presented at conferences. Examples of DNP projects.

Program Objectives

 The purposes of the curriculum leading to the degree Doctor of Nursing Practice are to:

  1. Prepare the student to acquire advanced competencies in increasingly complex practice and emerging leadership roles.
  2. Provide the student with a significant and comprehensive knowledge base that supports scientific skepticism and the incorporation of new knowledge in advanced nursing practice.
  3. Provide the student with enhanced knowledge for the acquisition of leadership skills used to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.

Upon completion of the doctoral program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Evaluate scientific bases from extant and emerging areas of knowledge for advanced nursing practice.
  2. Evaluate decision support systems to solve clinical problems for individuals, aggregates and systems.
  3. Develop advanced leadership and collaborative skills to mobilize interdisciplinary teams to solve highly complex clinical problems.
  4. Develop expertise to formulate health policy and provide leadership in establishing clinical excellence and creating new models of cost-effective health care delivery.
  5. Critically assess, plan, intervene and evaluate the health experiences of individuals, aggregates and systems to provide safe, evidence based care.
  6. Synthesize knowledge of cultural diversity and global perspectives in delivering health care and in critiquing nursing systems.