DNP FAQ

What is the general structure of the program?

The program includes classroom courses, supervised practice, portfolio development, required publication in a peer-reviewed journal and a final intensive practicum. The curricular content will enable the graduate to make complex diagnoses, provide evidence-based treatment modalities, utilize sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral and clinical sciences.

How is this different from other advanced practice nursing programs?

The expanded competencies of the Doctor of Nursing Practice enable graduates to independently provide complex care across all settings including ambulatory, acute, community, and home settings. For example, the expanded curriculum will focus on the utilization of evidence-based decision-making to admit and co-manage hospitalized patients, to provide advice and treatment initiated over the phone while taking call, and to initiate specialist referrals, evaluate the subsequent advice, and initiate and participate in co-management.

How does the DNP differ from the PhD or other research doctorates?

The DNP, or practice doctorate, prepares the graduate to practice independently with complex patients across settings, utilizing complicated informatics and evidence-based decision-making. The PhD, or research doctorate, prepares graduates to design and implement research studies to improve health and inform health policy, both independently and as part of interdisciplinary research teams.

Can DNP students continue to work during the program?

Students in the post-BS DNP may be able to work part-time or per diem. Please discuss details of the schedule with the program director.