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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice at the highest level. The D.N.P. offers sophisticated, cutting-edge experiences that help nurses actively engage in a complex, dynamic, and demanding health care field. Skills in collaboration, innovation, and evaluation — complemented by advanced nursing practice skills — prepare nurses to shape the future of health care. Graduates of the D.N.P. program provide patient-centered care that is evidence-based, contribute to the development of evidence-based practice, and pursue leadership roles in a variety of health care and educational settings.

Specializations

The D.N.P. program offers nurses a variety of specializations in 2 majors:

Advanced-Practice Major

  • Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Leadership Major

  • Clinical Research Management
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Health Nursing

Curriculum

The post-baccalaureate D.N.P. program requires the following:

  • 20 credit hours of common core courses
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of capstone project
  • 15 credit hours of advanced practice or leadership specialty area courses and practica courses
  • 15 to 20 credit hours of Advanced-Practice Core (for Advanced-Practice majors)
  • 12 to 23 credit hours of Leadership Core (for Leadership majors)
  • Satisfactory completion of the university's research skills and responsible scholarship requirement

Total required program credit hours vary from 71 to 79, depending on the specialization.

The post-master’s D.N.P. program requires the following:

  • 11 credit hours of common core courses
  • Aminimum of 6 credit hours of capstone project
  • 15 credit hours of specialty courses
  • Satisfactory completion of the university's Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement

A total of 32 credit hours is required for the post-master’s D.N.P.

For further information, visit the Doctor of Nursing Practice section of the school's website.

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