College of Nursing


D.N.P. (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Program Purpose

The purpose of the DNP program is to prepare individuals for advanced nursing roles in a variety of specialty tracks, including primary care nurse-practitioners, acute care nurse-practitioners, and nurse-midwifery.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences to provide the basis for advanced nursing practice.
  • Provide, manage and evaluate care of individuals and populations using evidence-based concepts related to physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, as well as community, environmental, cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of health.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and decision-making, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care.
  • Develop and implement effective plans for initiatives that will improve the quality of care delivery.
  • Analyze and communicate critical elements of health care information systems and patient care technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the analysis, development, and implementation of just and equitable institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy.
  • Employ leadership skills in interprofessional teams and organizations to provide and improve health care and health care delivery systems.
  • Demonstrate commitment to professionalism as evidenced by participation and leadership in practice, life-long learning, mentoring, professional organizational activity, community service, and policy.