The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare individuals for the highest level of nursing leadership and practice within organizations and systems, with the ultimate goal of improving health care for diverse populations. The DNP program focuses on providing education in key areas such as evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership.
The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is to prepare graduates for the highest level of nursing leadership and practice within organizations and systems, to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes at all levels and for diverse populations, to serve as faculty in nursing education programs, and to translate research findings for clinical practice.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on theories and empirical evidence from nursing and other disciplines.
- Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement/patient safety for health care systems and populations.
- Design, implement and evaluate processes to improve health practices and outcomes at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and international health delivery levels.
- Demonstrate leadership in the selection, use, evaluation, and design of information systems/technology for improvement and transformation of health care.
- Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy and its impact on health outcomes at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and international health care delivery levels.
- Engage in interprofessional collaboration in complex health care delivery systems.
- Design, implement, and evaluate care delivery models and strategies to improve population health.
- Demonstrate advanced levels of accountability and systems thinking to advance and uphold professional nursing values.
- Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating care in complex situations.
Plan of Study
The DNP program for the BSN to DNP is a 66-70 credit program based on advanced practice specialization in the DNP program. Refer to the BSN to DNP plans of study. The DNP program for the MSN to DNP is a 35-credit program. All DNP students complete a DNP project in their program. Elective courses are also possible, based on a student's career goals and consultation with his/her faculty advisor.
Requirements for DNP Program Completion
At the completion of the DNP program, students are recognized for
- Submission of a DNP Integrated Scholarly Portfolio
- Completion of DNP Project
DNP Options for Certification
DNP students and graduates are encouraged to complete certification in a relevant content area based on individual career goals and areas of study. DNP graduates who are certified as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists are strongly encouraged to maintain that certification as evidence of clinical knowledge and skill. There are additional options for certification that relate to those DNP students and graduates who have a nursing leadership/administration/executive focus that includes:
- Advanced Nurse Executive (NEA-BC)
- Nurse Executive (NE-BC or CENP)
- or as a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML).
Additional Information Resources
Additional information regarding the DNP Program is available at the College of Nursing website:
http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/programs/doctor-of-nursing-practice-dnp/index.html and http://mycon.unmc.edu