The DNP in Nursing can be earned in any of the following fields: community health nursing, family nursing, gerontological nursing, and psychiatric mental health nursing.
The doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in healthcare delivery and emerging healthcare 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 healthcare quality and increase healthcare access for all populations. Transforming healthcare 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 make a significant impact on healthcare 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 in decision-making and implementing viable clinical innovations to change practice.