Doctorate of Nursing Practice

A clinical doctoral program for RNs who are looking to further their education.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Degree Information

  • Application Deadline:
    March 1
  • Program Start:
    June - Summer
  • Locations Available:
    Oklahoma City
  • Length of Program:
    Full-time - 28 months
    Part-time - 3 years
  • Credit Hours:
    38 semester hours
  • Degree Awarded:
    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Part-Time Study Available?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is a clinical doctoral program for registered nurses 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. 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. For additional information about this program, please contact nursing@ouhsc.edu.

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 states participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). A list of participating states can be found at: http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions. Applicants are encouraged to check with their local State Boards of Nursing regarding any specific professional licensure requirements prior to applying or enrolling. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)


Scholarship Opportunities

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.

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