Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Format
Application Deadlines
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Credits Required for Graduation
33 Semester Hours


New scientific knowledge, ongoing concerns about the quality and outcomes of patient care, and the rapidly evolving role of nursing in an increasingly complex healthcare system have driven the development of a new practice-oriented doctoral degree—Doctor of Nursing Practice—designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for significantly expanded clinical and leadership roles.

The doctoral program focuses on advanced coursework in leadership, research translation, population health, informatics, and health policy. Your study culminates in a scholarly capstone project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice and is a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and scholarship in nursing practice
  • Critically analyze complex clinical situations and practice systems in relationship to the needs of urban populations
  • Synthesize theories and research findings to develop conceptual models for nursing practice that will lead to improvements in healthcare of diverse populations from increasingly diverse parts of the world
  • Analyze the social, economic, political, and policy components of healthcare systems that affect planning, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Assume leadership roles in clinical practice, health policy, clinical education, and healthcare systems organizations
  • Assure infusion of professional values and ethical decision making in advance nursing practice and nursing care systems.

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