The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will prepare students for the highest level of nursing practice and provide opportunities for professional assimilation and involvement. The program seeks to promote clinical scholarship and life-long learning and aims to support student professional and ethical service to our communities. Through advanced nursing scholarship and practice, students and faculty will seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels, and geographic locations.
The core DNP curriculum is driven by the missions, the end of program student learning objectives, and The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006). Each program option has additional professional competencies that are expected to be achieved by each student in their respective field of study.
At the completion of the program, students will:
1. Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on nursing theory and theories borrowed from other disciplines to improve health and reduce health disparities, while advocating for social justice and equity locally, nationally and globally.
2. Employ strategic leadership skills and interprofessional collaboration to influence health policy; implement ethical, cost effective and evidence-based changes in care systems while advancing the profession.
3. Provide leadership at the highest levels to design, direct and evaluate system changes to deliver and promote patient-centered care that is culturally competent, safe, timely, effective, efficient and equitable.
4. Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice, and evaluate innovative approaches to care delivery for individuals, communities and populations.