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DNP Program Outcomes

At the end of the DNP program, students will be able to:

  • Translate research findings to direct evidence-based nursing practice
  • Develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs
  • Apply optimal utilization of healthcare information technology across healthcare settings
  • Advocate for the advancement of nursing and healthcare policy through sharing of science-based knowledge with healthcare policy makers
  • Demonstrate leadership to facilitate collaborative teams for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Utilize advanced nursing practice knowledge to implement methodologies to improve population health outcomes
  • Establish a foundation for lifelong learning and for continual elevation of contributions to the field of nursing through active involvement in professional organizations and/or other professional bodies

For graduate specialty programs, the College of Nursing uses the following guidelines and standards to inform the curriculum and professional behavior:

  • The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006)
  • The Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2017)
  • Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2016)
  • Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretative Statements (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015)
  • Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2015)

Required Hours

Executive Leadership Track

  1. NURS 8504: Evidence-Based Practice for the Executive Leader I(3 cr. didactic and 2 cr. clinical)++
  • Didactic: 3 credits
  • Clinical: 2 credit, 160 hours (1 credit=80 practicum hours)
  • Prerequisites: NURS 8002. 8006
  1. NURS 8505: Evidence-Based Practice for the Executive Leader II
  • Didactic: 3 credits
  • Clinical: 2 credit, 160 hours (1 credit=80 practicum hours)
  • Prerequisites: NURS 8002/6, NURS 8502 or NURS 8504

Preceptor Requirements

Students enrolled in the Executive Leadership track, must find preceptors that have senior leadership positions or system-wide administrative responsibilities which may be responsibilities such as chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO), chief information officer (CIO), vice president for nursing, vice president for healthcare systems, Divisional Directors, Administrative Directors, etc. Students should identify the person or persons who can assist them in collaborating with executives and leaders across various healthcare disciplines who have responsibilities for guiding change in the healthcare systems. Students in the Executive Leadership track practicums should not select preceptors with only unit responsibilities, such as a nurse manager. The preceptor, however, may be the senior business manager in an area like a free-standing clinic, health center etc.