About the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is a terminal degree in nursing that can be completed in one calendar year of full-time study or in two years of part-time study in an online format.  This program prepares graduates to demonstrate competencies including organizational and systems leadership, advanced clinical skills, and the ability to mobilize interdisciplinary teams, the ability to establish collaborative relationships to solve complex clinical problems and to initiate policy and programmatic changes. The DNP program will prepare clinicians (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists) and nurse administrators for leadership roles, evidence based practice, and to fully implement the emerging science and practice innovations in health care.

Administration 

 The Administration track is available for masters prepared nurses to effectively improve the safety and quality of patient care, administer health care programs and organizations, and develop and implement health policy. Educator add-on courses are available for those who desire to teach in a school of nursing.

DNP Administration Full-TimePlan of Study - 12 months 
DNP Administration Part-Time Plan of Study - 24 months
DNP Administration With Additional Educator Role Concentration Options (3 options available)

Advanced Practice 

The Advanced Practice track is available for masters prepared advanced practice nurses (NP, CNS, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Anesthetists) intended to prepare individuals at the most advanced level of nursing practice.  Graduates are educated to effectively advance the management of individuals, families, and population and improve the safety and quality of patient care.  Educator add-on courses are available for those who desire to teach in a school of nursing.

DNP Advanced Practice Full-Time Plan of Study - 12 months
DNP Advanced Practice Part-Time Plan of Study - 24 months 
DNP Advanced Practice With Additional Educator Role Concentration Options (3 options available)

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