Earn Your Doctorate in Nursing Practice
Post-Master’s DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is a practice-focused doctoral program for Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Executives holding a master’s degree or higher. This program consists of web-mediated courses that provide opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous learning. The curriculum builds upon the scientific, management, and leadership knowledge and skills gained during the Master of Science in Nursing educational program, as well as the professional practice experience gained as a practicing advanced practice nurse. It provides learning experiences for the advanced practice nurse to acquire advanced practice, organizational, financial, and leadership knowledge to design and implement programs of care delivery, which significantly impact health care outcomes.

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. Integrate nursing science using knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytic, and organizational for the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Develops and utilizes organization and system leadership to meet the needs of current and future patient populations.
  3. Demonstrates leadership and collaboratively appraise existing literature to design and implement processes to improve healthcare quality, provide safe and cost effective care.
  4. Provides leadership in the design and analysis of information technology services applying knowledge and ethical standards in decision-making process.
  5. Will proactively engage in development and implementation of health policy at multiple levels advocating for healthcare, the profession, and the healthcare community.
  6. Utilize communication and collaboration to lead the interdisciplinary team to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Promotes population health to the effective use of epidemiological, bio statistical and other appropriate data to improve health.
  8. Prepares for advanced practice nursing preparing for distinct roles with leadership, expertise, knowledge, and implementation in areas of specialization while participating in culturally and spiritually sensitive practice and community service.

Why pursue a Post Master’s DNP?

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:

  1. Expert Advanced Practice Nurses who are able to provide healthcare services to increasingly complex patients by integrating multiple knowledge bases and methods to develop comprehensive high level advanced practice nursing care.
  2. Leaders who will improve the quality and safety of care, patient outcomes, and health policies that impact the health of society.
  3. Scholar-Practitioners who are rooted in the critical appraisal and application of evidence-based methods in clinical practice.

What is a DNP Scholarly Project?

The DNP project enables the further development of practice expertise and practice inquiry. With the goal of deepening knowledge base and the promotion of translation of evidence to practice, the DNP Scholarly Project is individualized to each student. The projects are designed to give the student the opportunity to develop expertise in practice change, quality improvement, policy change, scholarly inquiry, research utilization, and clinical application. The intent to develop sustainable practice changes to improve population health outcomes, leadership, quality improvement strategies, team-building are some of a DNP Project expected outcomes.

What do the clinical hours look like?

There is 1000 clinical post baccalaureate hours required for the DNP. In the Post Master’s DNP program the hours you have completed during your Masters of Science Nursing program serve as a part of the 1000 hours. Each student will be individually evaluated based on his/her own transcripts. Clinical hours are carried out with practice partners who contribute expertise for the DNP in practice based settings such as clinics, offices, healthcare organizations, facility leadership, and systems settings.

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