The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares students for specialized nursing practice and preparation for meeting the following program objectives.
Upon completion of this program, the DNP graduate will be able to:
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, educational, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level for nursing practice.
- Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based upon scientific findings in nursing science, clinical sciences, and organizational, political, and economic sciences.
- Use analytic methods to appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.
- Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and international health policy.
- Advocate for the patients and the nursing profession within government, business, education, and healthcare communities.
- Collaborate with interprofessional teams to analyze complex practice and organizational issues and leading change to improve patient, population, and systems health outcomes.
- Analyze epidemiological, bio-statistical, environmental, and other scientific data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.
- Demonstrate advanced level of judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, teaching, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient and health care outcomes.