The doctor of nursing practice degree prepares nurses with a blend of clinical, organizational, economic, health care improvement, and leadership skills to serve as clinical and/or administrative leaders in healthcare systems. DNP prepared nurses may also serve as educators in a variety of settings. As a practice-focused doctoral program, the DNP program focuses on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings.
The DNP program is based on national expectations and competencies for graduates of DNP programs as stated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates who
Engage in organizational and systems leadership to create practice environments that improve health care outcomes
Participate in evidence-based practice and clinical scholarship to improve health care practice and outcomes
Synthesize scientific, theoretical, and technological data from a variety of disciplines to improve health care systems and health outcomes for individuals and populations
Demonstrate leadership in development and implementation of health policy
Collaborate with intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to create change in health care systems