Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Practice Nursing at its Highest Level

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is the terminal practice degree for the profession of nursing. The impetus for enhancing graduate education for practicing clinicians includes an increasingly complex healthcare environment, explosive growth in knowledge of science and therapeutics, quality and safety concerns, and financial pressures driving efficiency efforts. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree builds upon advanced clinical skills with coursework on quality improvement, evidence-based performance, and systems approaches to meeting the health care needs of the public. Each Doctor of Nursing Practice student must complete a minimum of 504 residency hours beyond their MSN practicum hours.

DNP Vision Statement

To develop nurse experts into innovative leaders who will transform practice in an increasingly complex healthcare system.

Program Outcomes

It is intended that students of the program will:

  • Integrate nursing science, ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytic, and organizational sciences as the basis for advanced nursing practice to influence legal, political and organizational policy and support access to care, social justice, and the profession of nursing.

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence based care in complex decision making.

  • Use analytical methods and information technology to improve population and system outcomes considering legal, financial, ethical, and regulatory issues.

  • Analyze practice initiatives in order to develop effective interprofessional strategies to ensure and improve healthcare outcomes for patients and populations in relationship to safety and quality care.
To learn more, contact a Graduate Admission Counselor at or call (815) 836-5610.