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DNP Overview

DNP Core Courses

Transforming Complex Systems

  • Transformative Leadership Practices
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Information Technology and Data-driven Decision-making
  • Ethical Practices and Policies in Global/Population Health
  • Integrative Structures of Transformative Practice

DNP Project

DNP Project: Translational Practices

  • Evidence-based Practice: Theory into Practice I
  • Evidence-based Practice: Theory into Practice II
  • Evidence-based Practice: Theory into Practice III

Elective Specializations

Executive Health Care Leadership

  • Organizational Culture, Regulation and Strategic Change Management
  • Health Care Economics, Finance and Fund Development
  • Focused Translational Practice

Executive Academic Leadership

  • Advanced Assessment of Learning and Organizational Performance
  • Contemporary Academic Nursing
  • Focused Translational Practice

Clinical Practice Leadership

  • Concepts in Entrepreneur Leadership
  • Capitalizing the Data: Marketing, Finance and Innovative Practice
  • Focused Translational Practice

* Students who desire to obtain specialty certification outside of their graduate focus may do so by completing all elements of the post-graduate specialty certification track (additional credits extend beyond those associated with the doctoral degree)

Serve in clinical or academic settings at the highest level.

Become leader and expert in nursing practice and impact the future of health care delivery by driving evidence-based practice, policy formation, and models of care delivery. The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical or Executive Leadership empowers graduates to be transformative leaders driving nursing practices in academic and clinical settings that enhance healthcare and improve patient outcomes.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Outcomes

  • Apply the broad range of integrative and nursing sciences and principles of healthcare economics to improve the nation’s health through ethical, evidence-based advanced nursing practice, leadership and policy development (DNP Essentials I, V, VII).
  • Demonstrate leadership attributes that can be used to shape health policy and or organizational policy in support of the ethical and equitable provision of health care. (DNP Essentials V).
  • Generate innovative models of care and advanced nursing and academic practices to improve the quality, safety and outcomes of care delivery through the synthesis, translation application and evaluation of evidence and the generation of evidence through practice (DNP Essentials I, III).
  • Employ advanced nursing, leadership and or academic practice and care delivery models that represent evidence-based political, ethical, professional, economic, socially just and culturally appropriate services for diverse patient populations in a variety of health care settings (DNP Essential VII, VIII).
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that fosters innovation and the transformation of complex systems; driving patient-centered care dynamics steeped in evidence, safety, data-driven decision making through the integration of healthcare technology and informatics, continuous quality improvement, patient safety, and quality outcomes through effective change management that transform healthcare and academic nursing practices (DNP Essentials II, IV, VIII).
  • Lead and participate as a competent member of interprofessional teams to facilitate optimal care desired outcomes by identifying and addressing relevant health care challenges to advance the quality and safety of health care and to enhance the health of populations (DNP Essentials II, VI, VIII).
  • Advance nursing practice through the effective translation and utilization of evidence to create innovative practices aimed at achieving targeted quality outcomes (DNP Essential I, III).

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