University of Detroit Mercy

College of Health Professions

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice is a terminal professional degree representing the highest level of clinical nursing competence. The DNP program is designed to provide students the opportunity to assimilate and utilize in-depth knowledge of nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences, with sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology to develop collaborative strategies that optimize the health of individuals, families, communities and systems. Grounded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, the DNP program emphasizes the student’s development as an expert clinician with strong leadership capacity, a commitment to service, and skills to act as change agents, translating clinical research into improved health care. The post-Master’s DNP curriculum is designed to admit Master’s prepared certified APRNs in the following clinical specialties: nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and clinical nurse specialist. The DNP program curriculum is based upon the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education and also ensures achievement of the DNP competencies established by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. The DNP builds upon the Master of Science in Nursing degree and requires 36 credits. The curriculum includes formative course work that culminates in a capstone clinical practicum and a doctoral project. The post-Master’s DNP is designed for part-time or full-time study. Full-time study consists of four 9-credit semesters (16 months). Part-time study (24 months) includes six 6-credit semesters. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, face to face, web enhanced and on-line delivery will be used. DNP PROGRAM OBJECTIVES 1. Synthesize and integrate theory and knowledge from nursing science with the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice. 2. Analyze and develop specialty standards of advanced nursing practice to deliver culturally competent, high quality health services to individuals, populations and systems. 3. Reflectively practice nursing inclusive of the systems levels within ethical, legal and humanistic frameworks. 4. In the delivery of advanced practice nursing services, develop and advocate for health care policy addressing issues of social justice and equity. 5. Enact leadership, critical thinking and effective communications skills to design, evaluate, and improve the implementation of quality advanced nursing services. 6. Integrate professional standards, values and accountability into role and ongoing self-reflection as an advanced practice nurse. 7. Lead inter- and intra-professional collaboration to facilitate and improve desired health outcomes for individuals, populations and systems. 8. Integrate health care informatics and an evidence-based approach in clinical scholarship to critically evaluate, design and implement health care services for individuals, populations and systems. 9. Analyze the epidemiological, financial, sociopolitical and organizational forces in the health care environment that impact the advanced nursing practice role.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

International Student Requirements:

All course work completed outside the U.S. and Canada must be formally evaluated by either the World Education Services (WES: or the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE: A course-by-course/detailed evaluation report is required by the University of Detroit Mercy. Official evaluation results are to be mailed from the agency to the following address: University of Detroit Mercy, Admissions Office, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221-3038

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 2010-2011: $730 per credit hour (CHP/MSON discoun USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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