Doctor of Nursing Practice

College of Nursing
Now is the time to reach for the highest level of expertise in nursing.

With the level of nursing education required to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice, students will be prepared to achieve the one goal that resides at the very core of nursing – improved patient outcomes. The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers two pathways to the doctoral degree.

  1. BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice pathway
    Students who have earned their BS in nursing will enroll in the clinical expert BSN to DNP pathway, earning their master’s degree and DNP degree. Students in this pathway are eligible for certification in one of our advanced practice specialties. The specialties available in an online format include Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  2. Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice pathway
    Students who have already earned their master’s degree will enroll in the Post-Master's DNP pathway. This pathway offers doctoral preparation to nurses whose career emphasis is in direct clinical nursing practice or transformative leadership as a nurse executive.

 

Campus Requirements: 

Upon acceptance into the DNP program, you will participate in one required on-campus orientation session.

Kay Ashworth
Kay Ashworth
Program Graduate
"The program provided me with insights on how to dive deeper. I’m using evidence-based practice to support the decisions I’m making for my patients."

Program Tracks

BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice pathway online specialties

As a BSN to DNP student, you will earn your DNP degree, master’s degree, and be eligible for certification in one of our advanced practice specialties. One specialty must be selected at the time of application. Below are the specialties available in an online format:

Family Nurse Practitioner

The FNP role includes preventative healthcare as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness. Graduates of this track are prepared to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. Learn more about this track.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners provide healthcare to neonates, infants, and children up to 2 years of age. In this track, you’ll attain the specialized knowledge and skills to provide safe and high-quality care to neonates. Learn more about this track.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners focus on individuals, families and populations across the lifespan at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. The PHMNP provides primary mental healthcare to patients seeking mental health services in a variety of settings. Learn more about this track.

 

Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice pathway tracks

As a nurse with a master’s degree, there are two tracks you may pursue in the DNP program:

DNP Clinical Expert track

This track is the right choice if you want to reach the highest levels of patient care expertise. To be eligible, you must hold a master’s degree in nursing and a national-level advanced practice nursing certification. Learn more about this track.

DNP Nurse Executive track

This track is the right choice if you want to lead innovative, transformative healthcare organizations. To be eligible, you must hold a master’s degree in nursing or other field, such as a Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Health. A national-level advanced nursing certification is preferred, but not required. Learn more about this track.

 

Sample Courses

NURSING PRACTICE 8400

Leadership throughout Organizations and Systems

Socialization to leadership and excellence in multiple dimensions of the Doctor of Nursing Practice role.
NURSING PRACTICE 8401

Strategic Macrosystem Management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

Integration of theoretical, leadership and communication principles into strategic management strategies for evidence based, innovative macro system health care optimization for selected populations.
NURSING PRACTICE 8480

Quality Improvement in Doctoral Nursing Practice

Advanced concepts in collaboration, design, leadership, implementation and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives.
NURSING PRACTICE 8500

Health Policy for Doctoral Nursing Practice

Analysis of policy and advocating for change that impacts health at institutional, local, state and federal levels.

Featured Faculty

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Director of DNP Program, Clinical Expert Track
Dr. Barbara Jones Warren
Professor of Clinical Nursing
Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Professor, Director of the Translational/Implementation Research Core, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP, Director of DNP Program, Nurse Executive Track

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