Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Take your practice—and impact—to the top.

If you aspire to become a change-maker in nursing, well-prepared to lead the charge of improving health care in our country, our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program may be the right choice for you. Although we offer several paths of study in pursuit of this terminal degree, some elements remain consistent: a mastery of clinical practice, a drive to lead and a commitment to human connection.

Our DNP program prepares nurses at the highest level of proficiency as they learn to translate science into clinical practice. Students develop the skills to lead collaboratively, integrate research into care and design better healthcare delivery systems. Some of our DNP students focus their studies on delivering complex care over the lifespan of one population. Others scale up their impact to shape entire systems, organizations and policies through executive or administrative roles.

Whatever your intended focus, you’ll earn your DNP in a unique environment that blends academic strength with nurturing support. Here, what truly fosters our students’ success is their personal connection to our expert nurse faculty as, together, we push science into practice.

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The MSN to DNP, or Post-MSN program is designed to prepare clinical leaders for the nursing profession who have expertise in advanced nursing practice specialties with an individual or aggregate focus.  This program is offered for master’s prepared nurses.

The MSN to DNP program offers four tracks: DNP Advanced Practice track (for APRNs); DNP Nursing Informatics and Data Science track; DNP Health Systems Leadership track; and DNP Emergency Care track (for FNPs). The program ranges from 34-55 units and may be completed full time or part time.

Each student works closely with a faculty advisor to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence-based translational project focused on a defined area of advanced nursing practice.

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Designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing, this program offers preparation as nurse practitioners, nursing informaticists and health systems leaders with clinical practice leadership expertise at the doctoral level. 

Students may choose from seven tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner; Family Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Care; Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner; Dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner; Health Systems Leadership and Nursing Informatics and Data Science. The BSN to DNP program ranges from 78 to 83 units and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Whichever track is selected, students receive the unwavering support of our faculty, plus a sunny, serene setting that allows for total immersion into their studies.

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Alumni Spotlight

"The education I received not only provided me with the clinical/theoretical foundation necessary to provide care to a diverse aging population with increased complex needs; but also skills in evidence-based research, health policy, health care informatics, and quality improvement. As a doctorally-prepared nurse practitioner, these skills are essential in order to meet the needs of an evolving health care environment and have become the foundation of my practice. I am grateful for the academic challenge, support, and mentorship I received from expert faculty who continue to influence my clinical and professional advancement"

–Marissa Munsayac, DNP, FNP-C

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical practice within defined ethical, legal, and regulatory parameters in designing, implementing, and evaluating evidenced-based, culturally competent therapeutic interventions for individuals or aggregates.
  • Synthesize nursing and other scientific and ethical theories and concepts to create a foundation for advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in collaborative efforts to develop and implement policies to improve health care delivery and outcomes at multiple levels of professional practice (institutional, local, state, regional, national, and/or international).
  • Incorporate research into practice through critical appraisal of existing evidence, evaluating practice outcomes, and developing practice-based guidelines.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate health care delivery systems and information systems that meet societal needs and ensure accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Employ a population health focus in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care delivery systems that address primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention.
  • Incorporate ethical, regulatory, and legal guidelines in the delivery of health care and the selection, use, and evaluation of information systems and patient care technology.