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Doctor of Nursing Practice – Program Overview

Each DNP student is assigned an advisor (faculty mentor) at the time of enrollment in the DNP program. The advisor is selected based on clinical expertise and interest congruent with the student’s area of interest. The advisor and DNP student complete a degree plan and outline the individualized preceptorship and fellowship experiences based on the student’s interest and professional goals. The advisor also supervises the development of components of the Clinical Scholarship Portfolio (CSP), the dissertation equivalent for the DNP program. The CSP is a collection of required components that demonstrates a student’s scholarship as a clinical scholar practicing at the highest level of advanced practice or nursing administration; it provides evidence of competency in all domains of DNP practice. The CSP includes a major Practice Inquiry Project, comprehensive cases studies, and other examples of scholarly work related to the competencies outlined in the DNP Essentials. The CSP policy is found in DNP Program Policy D8060(pdf). Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program graduates will be prepared to:

  • Critically evaluate and translate evidence into practice to support high quality outcomes.
    • Practice at the highest level of advanced practice nursing or nursing administration providing expanded health care access to individuals, groups, populations, and communities to address complex healthcare needs.
    • Critically evaluate and translate evidence into practice to ensure patient safety and achieve high quality outcomes.
    • Utilize evidence-based knowledge, research, ethical standards, technology, and high level clinical judgment to advance quality of care and health outcomes for individuals and populations.
  • Use leadership and interprofessional collaboration (IP) skills to deliver safe, effective, comprehensive, seamless, and cost-effective care.
    • Assume high level clinical and executive leadership roles in nursing, health care organizations, and other health related settings.
    • Demonstrate achievement of all DNP competencies as published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • Evaluate and influence health-care policies, organizations, and systems.
    • Utilize evidence-based knowledge, research, ethical standards, technology, and high level clinical judgment to advance quality of care and health outcomes for individuals and populations.
    • Design and evaluate innovative programs and models of care for individuals and populations based on best science and evidence, which address prevention, health promotion, treatment, and management of health needs.

Integrate quality improvement and translational science and strategies to create and sustain change at the population, organization, and policy levels.