Post-Master's DNP

Post-Master’s Doctor Of Nursing Practice-Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

This practice-focused post-master’s doctoral program is designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. It centers on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) DNP Essentials guide the curriculum and include eight concepts: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice; Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking; Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice; Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care; Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care; Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes; Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health; and Advanced Nursing Practice. The post-master’s DNP is a terminal, graduate degree and curriculum is based on the DNP candidate’s prior education, experience, and choice of specialization. Competencies for the DNP build and expand upon those attained through master’s study and achieve the same end-of-program competencies as the post-baccalaureate DNP. All applicants must be board certified in their specialty area and hold a master of science in nursing from a regionally and nursing accredited program. It is anticipated that a minimum of 12 months of full-time, post-master’s study will be necessary to acquire the additional doctoral level competencies. The post-master’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum prepares and requires students to engage in evidenced-based clinical projects that primarily focus on the appraisal and translation of theory and all forms of best evidence to practice.


The purpose of the program is to foster the development of a community of expert advanced practice nurses who will transform practice and improve health care outcomes through the application of nursing knowledge.


The goals of the program are to prepare graduates as:

  • goals of the program are to prepare graduates as:
  • Expert advanced practice nurses who provide and lead healthcare services for increasingly complex patients by integrating multiple knowledge bases and methods by developing comprehensive high-level advanced practice nursing care (Advanced Practice Leadership);
  • Advocates who will improve the quality and safety of care, patient outcomes, and health policies that impact the health of society (Advocacy); and
  • Scholar-Practitioners who are rooted in the critical appraisal and application of evidence-based methods in clinical practice (Scholarship).