Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) prepares nurse clinicians (RNs) or advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to provide fully accountable and comprehensive care to patients.

With the increasing scope of clinical scholarship in nursing and the growth of scientific knowledge in the discipline, doctoral level education is required for independent practice. The DNP program prepares nurses to conduct complex diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, make use of sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of the biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical sciences. 

The Post-BS DNP specialties are:

There are currently three points of entry to the DNP program:

Registered Nurses with a BS degree

The Post-BS DNP is a three-year, full-time program for registered nurses interested in advanced practice that includes a clinical immersion. This program prepares students as Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs) in an area of specialty. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for comprehensive care with patients across sites and over time, while also serving as leaders, educators, and innovators in the profession. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and professional certification in their area of specialty.

The following two entry points require a transcript evaluation for advanced standing upon enrollment.

Registered Nurses with an MS degree

The program for RNs with an MS degree is a three-year, full-time program that includes a clinical immersion. This program prepares students as Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs) in an area of specialty. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for comprehensive care with patients across sites and over time, while also serving as leaders, educators, and innovators in the profession. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and professional certification in their area of specialty.

Advanced Practice Nurses with an MS Degree

The program for RNs with an MS degree and are advanced practice nurses is a six-semester, full-time program that includes a clinical immersion. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for comprehensive care with patients across sites and over time, while also serving as leaders, educators, and innovators in the profession. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and professional certification in their area of specialty.

The DNP program is overseen by the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Sue Doyle-Lindrud, DNP, ANP, DCC  in coordination with the specialty program directors.

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