The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a practice-focused doctoral program designed to prepare health systems/organizational nursing leaders and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to lead innovation in nursing practice and healthcare. The DNP degree builds upon current knowledge of clinical practice and will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership across our dynamic healthcare systems.
The DNP program will facilitate and enhance students' engagement in clinical inquiry, scholarship, policy, and innovation in healthcare. Following completion of the DNP program, graduates will analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership to improve patient safety and quality of care as well as implement evidence-based, culturally competent care practices.
Translation of research findings into evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout the program. Broad goals of the program include the ability to interpret, analyze, and apply research findings to clinical and systems/population level practice settings, determine and measure system and population outcomes, manage information systems, and use appropriate technology for health and risk management and communication.