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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Integrates Nursing Science With Biophysical, Psychosocial, Analytical and Organizational Sciences, Which Graduates Use to Understand the Nature of Health and Health Care Delivery and Evaluate the Effectiveness of Interventions
  • 5

    Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive Leadership, Post APRN and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • 5 - 14

    Full and Part-Time Degree Completion Options Are Available & Can Be Completed in 5 to 14 Semesters

DNP: Program Overview
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Learn To

Integrate science from nursing and other disciplines to identify, develop, and evaluate practice change initiatives that improve individual and population health

Demonstrate leadership within healthcare systems to adopt strategies to improve quality and safety

Incorporate knowledge of evidence-based practice into advanced decision-making through the evaluation and translation of evidence into practice

Analyze, apply and integrate appropriate information and technology that will improve and transform care at the individual and population level

Critically analyze health policy to develop and implement health care reform that advocates for social justice and equity

Alumni have careers in:

Assess, diagnose and plan for the health needs of all adults, from young adults to seniors; perform physical examinations; order screening tests; interpret diagnostic tests and administer age-appropriate pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies; manage transitions between care settings, provide patient and caregiver education and evaluate caregiver competence. (Source)

Maintain patient records; perform physical exams; order or perform diagnostic tests; prescribe medications; develop treatment plans; and treat acute and chronic illnesses, conditions and injuries that fall under primary care. (Source)

Assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients while providing therapy and prescribing medications for patients who have mental health disorders or substance abuse problems. (Source)

Plan departmental activities, evaluate doctors and other hospital employees, create and maintain policies, help develop procedures for medical treatments, quality assurance, patient services, and public relations activities such as active participation in fund-raising and community health planning. (Source)

Lead the nursing team, oversee the management side of patient care services, and make administrative decisions that support the organization's goals. (Source)

Serve as faculty in nursing schools and teaching hospitals, sharing knowledge and skills to prepare the next generation of nurses for effective practice. (Source)