Degree Plan

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Are you ready to advance into a clinical leadership position in nursing? The Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree will prepare the graduate nurse to be clinical leader and systems thinker that can look at health care issues from a broader lens.  With classes that include quality and safety and clinical scholarship, the DNP will elevate the APRN (NP, CNM, CRNA or CNS) to take on bigger issues and bring an evidenced-based practice lens to everything they do.

The program objectives of the DNP program are to prepare nurse scholars to: 

  • Assess, analyze, evaluate, and manage complex health environments serving diverse populations to improve patient and population health outcomes; 
  • Apply clinical scholarship and available evidence to make clinical and system decisions incorporating professional values and ethical principles; 
  • Support and improve patient care and health care systems through the use of clinical practice models, health policy, informatics, and organizational leadership skills; 
  • Advocate for clinical prevention, population health initiatives, and evidence-based health policy through interprofessional and stakeholder collaboration.


Program of Study for the Doctorate of Nursing students will be 5 full-time semesters or 8 part-time semesters.

The following courses are included in your plan of study:

  • DNP Role Transition 
  • Information Systems/Technology 
  • Outcomes Management Strategies 
  • Clinical Scholarship I, II 
  • Population Focused Collaborative 
  • Leadership Management in Practice 
  • Health Care Finance & Policy 
  • Nursing Roles & Responsibilities for Collaborative Practice 
  • Values/Ethics for IPC 
  • IPC Teamwork & Team Based Care 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Biostatistics 
  • DNP Scholarly Project

Doctorate of Nursing Program Degree Plan