Outcomes: POST-Baccalaureate Doctorate In Nursing Practice


The goals of the program are to prepare graduates as:

  1. Nurse experts who provide culturally competent healthcare services that focus on health promotion, population health, and disease prevention within a holistic framework (Advanced Practice).
  2. Scholars who evaluate, translate, synthesize and apply knowledge, experiences, and the best available evidence as the basis for the delivery of advanced nursing care (Critical Thinking).
  3. Leaders who use communication, collaboration, and technology to contribute to the enhancement of health care and health care systems (Leadership).
  4. Health care professionals who consider the social, economic and political environments while adhering to the concepts of integrity, ethics, and life-long learning (Professionalism).
  5. Advocates who influence health care policy (Advocacy).


In accordance with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2006, the faculty identified the following expected outcomes of each student at the completion of the DNP program. Essentials 1-8 are foundational. All graduates will be able to:

  1. Synthesize, integrate, and apply nursing science with knowledge from the arts and sciences, and clinical expertise to deliver nursing and health care services to diverse populations. (Advanced Practice; Critical Thinking).
  2. Assume leadership roles in the evaluation, design, organization, and improvement of health care delivery. (Leadership).
  3. Discover, integrate, connect, disseminate, and translate research across disciplines to reduce risk, promote safety, and enhance quality in clinical practice. (Advance Practice; Critical Thinking; Leadership).
  4. Use technology resources and demonstrate information and data literacy to manage complex health care decisions and advance quality of care. (Advance Practice; Critical Thinking; Leadership).
  5. Advocate for changes in healthcare policy formation, financing, regulation, and practice to remediate health disparities locally and globally. (Leadership; Professionalism; Advocacy).
  6. Employ effective communication and interdisciplinary collaboration skills to solve complex problems, facilitate change, and promote improved quality of care in organizations. (Leadership; Professionalism; Advocacy).
  7. Develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based clinical prevention and population health services for individuals and groups. (Advanced Practice; Critical Thinking; Leadership; Professionalism; Advocacy).
  8. Engage in safe, effective, and efficient advanced nursing practice within a defined specialization. (Advanced Practice; Critical Thinking; Leadership; Professionalism; Advocacy)

Post-Baccalaureate DNP Pass Rates by Specialty

Calendar year (January 1- December 31)Certifying AgencySpecialization# Graduates taking ExamBenchmark for first-time takersActual Pass Rate
2015 ANCC FNP 0≥80%
2018ANCC FNPIn progress≥80%In progress
ANCCAGACNPIn progress≥80%In progress
ANCCFNPIn progress≥80%In progress

Percentage of DNP Graduates Employed in Nursing within 12 Months of Graduation

Year of GradData Collection Time Period Data Collection MechanismNumber who respondedPercentage reporting employment
201512 Months post-graduationAlumni Survey15 86.6%
201612 Months post-graduationAlumni Survey1478.5%
201712 Months post-graduationAlumni Survey5 80%
2018 12 Months post-graduationAlumni SurveyN/A N/A

DNP Completion Rates

Entry Point (Calendar Year of enrollment)Number of DNP students enrolledVoluntary AttritionNumber of DNP students who completed within set timeframeCompletion Rate [column 4/(column 2-3)]
2013 30228 100%
+ 2 switched to MSN
Partial data: 14 completed, 2 are in progressPartial data: 82.3%YTD
+ 2 switched to MSN
Partial data: 9 completed; 9 in progressPartial data: 50%YTD
2017351Partial data: 0 completed; 34 In progressStill in progress
2018540 to date54 retained to dateStill in progress