Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program addresses the growing need for nurses in advanced-practice nurse roles with special skills in managing complex health needs in a cost-effective and collaborative manner. The curriculum emphasizes the use of evidence-based practice and technology to guide administrative and clinical decisions, as well as policy development. DNP graduates practice at the highest level, whether working with individuals, groups or organizations, and serve as leaders in health care for the state and region.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares graduates to promote the delivery of safe, high quality care for patients with increasingly complex health care needs.  In addition, these graduates will be able to develop and implement new policies designed to improve the health care outcomes of individuals, groups and communities. They will be adept at navigating healthcare systems, working with other disciplines toward quality improvement and improved patient outcomes.  DNP graduates will also be able to move into clinical faculty roles, helping to ease the shortage of RN’s in the area by serving as faculty for institutions of higher education.

There are two entry options for the DNP Program:

  • Post-Master's to DNP for professionals with an M.S. in nursing
  • Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP) for professionals with a B.S. in nursing who wish to complete a DNP and become family nurse practitioners.

Post-Master's to DNP Entry Option

For professionals with an M.S. in nursing, there are two concentrations within the post-Master's to DNP:

  • Post-Master's to DNP - Leadership
  • Post-Master's to DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)