Doctor of Nursing Practice Overview

School of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

 The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) goals and expected student learning outcomes relate to the mission and goals of the University, the Graduate School and the School of Nursing and build on the foundation of the PhD program. The student learning outcomes are guided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2006), Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. The overall objective of the DNP Program is to prepare nurse specialists at the highest level of advanced practice. The overall program outcome is health improvement and contributions via practice, policy change, and practice scholarship.

DNP Program Objectives

  1. Synthesize nursing science and knowledge in the development of practice nursing theory and practice approaches;
  2. Assume leadership roles in the development of clinical practice models, health policy, organizational structure, fiscal responsibilities, and standards of care;
  3. Translate evidence-based concepts to promote optimal health in diverse population settings, and systems;
  4. Utilize information systems to transform healthcare for diverse populations;
  5. Analyze the social, economic, political, and policy components of health care systems which affect care among vulnerable populations;
  6. Explore collaborative efforts in the health care delivery system for improving patient outcomes;
  7. Engage in health preventive strategies that employ the principles of epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention to addresses strengths and limitations for individuals, families, and diverse populations;
  8. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment/scholarship in nursing practice.


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