The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-master's degree program in which Monmouth University students gain the skills necessary to influence and improve healthcare infrastructure and outcomes through the delivery of quality care. Nursing is moving in the direction of other health professions in the transition to the DNP. Medicine (MD), dentistry (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD), psychology (PsyD), physical therapy (DPT), and audiology (AudD) all offer practice doctorates. As the job market becomes more specialized, those with a doctoral degree have more options than those with without the terminal degree.
The DNP curriculum focuses on evidence-based practice, organizational and systems leadership, information technology, interprofessional collaboration, emerging practice challenges, and implementing translational research and science into practice. This use of advanced clinical skills and research is consistent with Monmouth's commitment to experiential education.
A capstone project, designed to bring together the theoretical and practical work done both in and out of the classroom, is a requirement for all students enrolled. Throughout the program, nurses will gain the knowledge and skills needed to influence access to healthcare, to promote safety standards, and to advocate on a local, regional, and national level for policy that improves delivery systems.