Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) is a 39-credit program that builds on the current clinical master’s degree program for nurse practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), or certified nurse mid-wives (CNM). The DNP is designed as a professional practice doctorate integrating evidence-based practice, quality improvement, social policy, and systems leadership to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. The degree is targeted to advanced practice nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice that will complement the work of nurses currently in the field who possess research-focused doctoral degrees. The program will include course and clinical work including a scholarly project addressing a high-priority area of advanced nursing practice. All students graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will be eligible to take the appropriate certification exam.