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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice Program ranked #21 in The U.S. News and World Report 2017 Rankings of Top Nursing Programs.

The College of Nursing’s doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is a clinical practice-oriented leadership curriculum that focuses on evidence-based practice and on research utilization for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes and system management.

All classes have an online component; some classes require a one- to two-day intensive session on campus. There are no more than three intensives on campus per academic year.

DNP Pathways

  1. The BS to DNP Program provides individuals with a Bachelor's in Nursing with a single path to a DNP degree.
  2. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP-APN) pathway prepares individuals with Master's Degrees in Nursing and a specialty certification for leadership roles in the clinical setting.
  3. The DNP-PHN Progra​m is for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in Public/Community Health and desire leadership roles in the public health sector.
  4. Individuals with a nursing masters in a specialty other than public health can earn both a Masters in Public Health and DNP Degree with the DNP/MPH Dual Degree Program.

Nationwide, award of the DNP requires 1,000 post-baccalaureate academically-supervised clinical practicum hours as defined by the America​n Association of Colleges of Nursing. Your transcript will be evaluated to determine the number of clinical hours required for the DNP program.

Career Possibilities

The DNP prepares advanced practice nurses to assume such roles as:

  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Clinician-Scholar
  • Developer/Evaluator of Health Care Programs
  • Health Care Entrepreneur/Executive
  • Clinical Administrator

Clinical Experience

As a DNP student at the College of Nursing, you will be required to complete credit hours in a clinical setting under the supervision of a nursing professional. These clinical experiences are an integral part of our mission as a college and provide students with a comprehensive education, functioning as integration of practice and course work. Students have a wide variety of clinical settings and nursing environments in which to complete their clinical hours. Instructions for signing up and more information on the clinical experiences are available the in student clinical education section.

Please note, all students completing clinical hours must meet very specific requirements concerning immunizations, background checks, etc.