The BS-DNP program appeals to baccalaureate-prepared nurses who are interested in earning a master's degree and practice doctorate in one continuous program. DNP graduates will be prepared as advanced practice leaders, who will design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of populations, and use technology and information to transform health care systems.
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Available Specialty Programs
Students select from nine different specialties, five of which include an interdisciplinary urban underserved (CU-UNITE) track. Past coursework to be applied toward the degree will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The specific courses required for each specialty option are on the specialty pages.
Expected DNP Program Outcomes
- Implement ethical, competent nursing practice with individuals, families and communities based on understanding the human experiences of health, illness, healing, and dying.
- Use technology and information systems to promote health, facilitate appropriate and ethical decision making, support collaboration, and foster communication.
- Promote health and safe environments of local to global populations and communities through the development, implementation, and evaluation of models, programs, and policies.
- Manage care ethically with individuals, families, and populations to achieve quality, cost effective outcomes.
- Advocate for social justice initiatives that enhance access, quality, and socio-cultural acceptability of health care for all.
- Provide leadership in the delivery and management of health care for diverse populations and environments across the continuum of care.
- Practice relationship-centered caring based on the human experience of health, illness, healing, and dying.
- Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence.
- Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing science, nursing practice, and health care delivery.
- Engage in professional stewardship to improve interdisciplinary collaboration and nursing practice, education, research, and health care delivery.