Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is designed for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Nurse Executive (NEA-BC), or Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC) who holds an earned Master’s Degree in Nursing and a current, unrestricted OHIO APRN or RN license. Nurses with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education will also be considered for admission. As an online, post-master’s doctoral degree, the DNP curriculum prepares those in advanced nursing practice to lead the challenges of healthcare accessibility, outcome accountability and reform at the complex systems level. This includes providing evidence-based, cost-effective, collaborative healthcare to individuals, families and communities in a culturally appropriate, patient-centered manner.

Key Differences between DNP and PhD/DNS Programs
Program of Study

Objectives: Prepare nurse leaders at the highest level of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes and translate research into practice

Competencies: See AACN’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

Objectives: Prepare nurses at the highest level of nursing science to conduct research to advance the science of nursing

Content: See The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence (2010)


Commitment to practice career

Oriented toward improving outcomes of patient care and population health

Commitment to research career

Oriented toward developing new nursing knowledge and scientific inquiry

Program Faculty

Practice or research doctorate in nursing, and expertise in area teaching

Leadership experience in area of role and population practice

High level of expertise in practice congruent with focus of academic program

Research doctorate in nursing or related field

Leadership experience in area of sustained research funding

High level of expertise in research congruent with focus of academic program


Mentors and/or preceptors in leadership positions across practice settings

Access to diverse practice settings with appropriate resources for areas of practice

Access to financial aid

Access to information and patient-care technology resources congruent with areas of study

Mentors and/or preceptors in research settings

Access to research settings with appropriate resources

Access to dissertation support dollars and financial aid

Access to information and research technology resources congruent with program of research

Program Assessment & Evalutation

Program Outcome: Healthcare improvements and contributions via practice, policy change, and practice scholarship

Receives accreditation by nursing accreditor

Program Outcome: Contributes to healthcare improvements via the development of new knowledge and scholarly products that provide the foundation for the advancement of nursing science

Oversight by the institution’s authorized bodies (i.e., graduate school) and regional accreditors


The baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Mount Carmel College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.