The PhD program in nursing is designed to prepare graduates for research and active scholarship in nursing that will extend the knowledge base of nursing and improve the delivery of health care for rural and other vulnerable populations. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research and develop theory related to these populations. Graduates of the program will also be able to design future practice models, direct the development of policy initiatives and effect meaningful change within healthcare delivery systems. The program includes:
This program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs for the future—tomorrow's practice. The DNP program will incorporate the advanced practice content and competencies currently taught in the master's program. The DNP focuses on providing graduates with knowledge and competence in health systems leadership, policy development, and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health care quality and increase health care access for all populations. Transforming health care delivery recognizes the critical need for clinicians to design, evaluate, and continuously improve the context within which care is delivered.
Advanced practice nurses prepared at the doctoral level with a blend of clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills will significantly impact health care outcomes. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for innovative and evidence-based nursing practice. This requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research and decision-making and implementing viable clinical innovations to change practice.
Students holding a master’s degree in nursing (post-masters entry) seeking the DNP as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS*) may apply for admission in either a fall or spring semester. Post MS students are required to complete 35-38 credits. Students holding a bachelor's in nursing degree (post-baccalaureate entry) seeking the DNP may apply for admission in a fall or spring semester and will be required to complete 77 credits. The following clinical specializations are available for study as a DNP degree student:
*The CNS role is no longer available for the Family Nursing or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing DNP program options.
Last Updated: 6/14/13