Photo of leader talking with colleagues at a conference table

The Mission of the DNP Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a doctoral terminal degree based on recognition by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing. A DNP is a terminal degree that offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.

The Vision of the DNP Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice focused doctoral program designed to prepare experts in advanced nursing practice. The curriculum for the DNP focuses on leadership practice that is innovative and evidence based. Current research is translated into nursing practice to directly influence patient outcomes at the individual and systems level. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to a research focused doctoral degree. DNP- prepared nurses apply the science developed by PhD & DNS nurse researchers to make changes and implement effective innovations in nursing practice.