The UCD Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares nurses for the highest level of professional practice. As a graduate, you'll be prepared with knowledge and leadership skills needed to improve health and health care by linking clinical practice to theory and evidence. Upon graduating, you'll be ready for:
- Clinical Nurse Educator
- Developer/Evaluator of Healthcare Programs
- Healthcare Entrepreneur
- Care Manager
If you have an MS degree in nursing with an advanced practice specialty you can complete the DNP with a total of 41 credits in two to three years. To be awarded the DNP degree, you are required to successfully complete the following requirements:
- The specific program plan for the DNP coursework (currently 41 credits).
- A DNP capstone clinical evaluation project which focuses on advanced practice nursing and applied health outcomes evaluation.