Nurses with a D.N.P. are the most educated and qualified practitioners in their profession.
D.N.P. graduates are clinical leaders who are an integral part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Their expertise in quality improvement and systems leadership influences health policy and health care outcomes for individuals, families, and underserved or vulnerable populations.
The 36-credit hour online Post-Master's D.N.P. program is offered over five semesters of part-time study making it flexible for students who are active in clinical practice.
Curriculum & Requirements
D.N.P. Program Outcomes
Based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) D.N.P. Essentials, our D.N.P. graduates will demonstrate the following abilities
Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
Essential IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
Essential V: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
Essential VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge of ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational science as a basis for practice and inquiry. (Essential I)
- Lead systems level quality improvement and safety initiatives to enhance patient outcomes. (Essential II)
- Evaluate evidence-based processes that address practice patterns and healthcare organizations in order to promote safe, equitable, and patient-centered care. (Essential III)
- Apply relevant evidence-based findings to develop practice guidelines that improve population health, the practice environment and promote safe, equitable and patient-centered care. (Essential III)
- Integrate technology and information systems with advanced nursing practice to improve patient care and outcomes. (Essential IV)
- Demonstrate expertise in the analysis, formulation, and implementation process of healthcare policy. (Essential V)
- Collaborate effectively as a member and leader of interprofessional teams. (Essential VI)
- Employ clinical prevention and health promotion strategies to improve population health with an emphasis on rural, diverse and vulnerable populations. (Essential VII)
- Demonstrate advanced levels of nursing practice, clinical judgment and accountability to deliver optimal patient care with an emphasis on rural communities. (Essential VIII)
- Completion of all course work with GPA of at least 3.0.
- Satisfactory completion of all designated clinical hours.
- Satisfactory completion of a D.N.P. project.
- Satisfactory completion of the D.N.P. project paper.
- Satisfactory completion of an on‐campus oral presentation and defense of the D.N.P. project.
- Compose an abstract/manuscript for presentation and/or publication.