The future of health care depends on strong leadership from excellent clinicians. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at The University of Tulsa’s Oxley College of Health Sciences provide this education through rigorous didactic and clinical experiences that prepare nurses to provide care and lead change into the future.
The School of Nursing offers cutting-edge advanced practice nursing graduate programs that culminate with the DNP degree. Programs are taught by practicing experts in their fields and include active learning experiences using state-of-the-art human patient simulation and hands-on learning through facilitated time in on-site clinical environments. Students are matched with faculty and preceptors who will promote learning, freeing them to concentrate on learning opportunities rather than administrative work.
TU’s commitment to providing a quality education experience includes maintaining low student-to-faculty ratios and providing ample resources. Students also have inter-professional opportunities to collaborate with faculty members from communications sciences, kinesiology and exercise sports science, the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, community medicine and healthcare delivery. The Tulsa metro area also features three large health systems that partner with TU to provide clinical experiences for students.
The college’s in-house high-fidelity simulation center is staffed with a full-time director of simulation. Students have opportunities to apply classroom concepts and receive evaluation through video feedback. “This technology is new and cutting edge,” said Brandon King, DNP, APRN-CNP, visiting assistant clinical professor in nursing and director of TU’s adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program. “Having local faculty be able to review footage and provide feedback during training and before a nurse enters clinical rotations reaffirms the classroom learning experience. That’s something you can’t replicate with an online program.”
TU’s DNP program features clinical rotations facilitated by faculty members, removing the administrative burden of securing preceptors from students. “That’s a big part of our training here, and a benefit of our low student-to-faculty ratios,” said King.
The smaller setting also allows students to collaborate with one another. “We have students who work in the ER, primary care and ICU, and those who specialize in diseases such as diabetes,” said King. “These are all driven students who each bring unique clinical and life experiences to the program. They learn from one another, and I learn from them as well.”
King also explains that although online programs offer convenience, one of the primary benefits of TU’s DNP program is having faculty members that students can call or meet with for help or career advice. “We’re here for the students,” he said.
For more information about the DNP programs at TU, visit utulsa.edu/dnp.