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Doctor of Nursing Practice

DNP Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) prepares graduates for the specialty areas of executive leadership, nurse anesthesia, and nurse practitioner. The DNP Program provides the student with the opportunity to strengthen one's clinical skills by gaining intensive experiences in one's specialty area of practice, enhance the understanding of the theoretical underpinnings that supports one's specialty area of practice, and broaden one's perspective of healthcare systems and delivery models from a Christian worldview.

The post-master's DNP is designed as a full-time or part-time track that begins the fall of each year. Students are expected to be on campus for four 1-week sessions during the program with an ongoing intensive online educational process through the use of Moodle. The clinical fellowships are expected to be completed in the area in which you live with clinical agency support from the institution in completing your DNP Project

The RN to DNP and BSN to DNP programs are available in Nurse Anesthesia (see separate handbook), Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Leadership and are only offered as full-time options. The Nurse Practitioner tracks require a blend of on-line and weekly on-campus sessions, while the Executive Leadership option is fully on line with the exception of 3-4 day on campus sessions three times a year.

Purpose of Program

To prepare competent professional nurses who provide caring therapeutic interventions to meet the health needs of culturally diverse persons.

Mission Statement of Program

The mission of the Doctor of Nursing Practice is to prepare experts in specialized advanced practice with a Christ-centered focus.

Program Goals of DNP Program

  1. To provide doctoral nursing education that builds one's prior nursing education
  2. To prepare the graduate for enhanced knowledge and skills in a specialized area of practice
  3. To develop the graduate as a leader of one’s specialty area of practice implementing the Christian worldview

Expected Student Outcomes of DNP Program

  1. Demonstrate expertise in an area of specialized advanced nursing practice
  2. Integrate biosciences, education, research, business, and technology into advanced nursing practice within the Christian worldview
  3. Formulate organizational and systems components for leadership and quality improvement to enhance patient outcomes
  4. Promote transformation of health care through interprofessional collaboration, policy development and technology utilization within an area of specialized advanced nursing practice
  5. Evaluate outcomes of evidence based research and design appropriate interventions for specialized area of advanced nursing practice to improve the health of individuals, aggregates, and populations
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