The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree appeals to nurses who are interested in a practice-focused doctorate. DNP graduates will be prepared as clinical 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. The DNP degree has been suggested as a way to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nursing faculty.
There are two options for students interested in earning a DNP: For those applicants with a BS in nursing, the MS-DNP pathway offers the MS in nursing with an advanced practice specialty. After one (1) year of successful master's course work, MS students may apply for the DNP program. Matriculation into the DNP program currently requires a master's degree and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Review the DNP program for more information on entering straight into the doctorate program.
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Be sure to review all application materials and requirements before applying for the master’s program at the College of Nursing.