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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

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Profound changes in the increasingly complex health care systems mandates change to improve quality of care while reducing costs, improving access, eliminating disparities, and promoting safe practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is designed to prepare nursing leaders for the highest level of professional nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. The DNP curriculum emphasizes core leadership courses in public policy advocacy, improving organizational effectiveness, health informatics and financial and business management; scientific inquiry based on translational science and evidenced based practice, population based research; and advanced specialty clinical practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice focused doctoral degree that prepares advanced practice nurses and nursing administrators to be leaders at the highest level of professional nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. The DNP program has three post master’s tracks in Advanced Practice Leadership, Executive Administrative Management and Public Health Nurse Leader.

Program Plans

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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