doctorate of nursing practice
A clinical doctoral program for advanced practice RNs, such as nurse practitioners, or clinical nurse specialists who are looking to further their education.
- Application Deadline:
February 1 (preferred)
- Program Start:
June - Summer
- Locations Available:
- Length of Program:
Full-time - 28 months
- 4 years
- Credit Hours:
38 semester hours
- Degree Awarded:
Doctor of Science in Nursing (DNP)
- Part-Time Study Available?
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Current Student Information
About the Doctor of Nursing Science Degree
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is a clinical doctoral program for advanced practice registered nurses, such as nurse practitioners (NPs) or clinical nurse specialists(CNSs) who are looking to further their education. An alternative to researched-focused doctoral programs, the DNP builds upon a traditional master’s program by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership, in addition to other key areas. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Advanced Education Nursing Grant, the DNP program prepares nurse leaders to become clinical scholars, health care and policy leaders and evidence-based practice experts, as well as informatics and quality improvement leaders.
Residency requirements: Due to federal regulations from the Department of Education, the College of Nursing currently accepts applications for its online master’s and doctoral degree programs from residents of the following states: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Terminal Objectives of all DNP Graduates in Nursing
The desired terminal objectives include:
- The effective verbal articulation of knowledge and its application
- Use science-based theories and concepts to:
- Determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena
- Describe the actions and advanced strategies to enhance, alleviate and ameliorate health and health care delivery phenomena as appropriate
- Evaluate outcomes
- Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political and economic sciences.
- Design, direct and evaluate quality improvement methodologies to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
- Provide leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems relating to the use of information, information technology, communication networks and patient care technology.
- Advocate for social justice, equity and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
- Use conceptual and analytical skills in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population, fiscal and policy issues.
- Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.