West Chester University of Pennsylvania

College of Health Sciences

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)


West Chester University, Main Hall

102 West Rosedale Avenue

West Chester, PA 19383

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is a practice-oriented program of study that provides the terminal academic preparation for advanced nursing practice. Graduates of this program will be qualified to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings: management of quality initiatives, executives in health-care organizations, directors of clinical programs, and faculty positions responsible for clinical program delivery and clinical teaching. The program is offered in a distance-education format, with the exception of the first two-credit course which is offered on campus.

At the end of the D.N.P. program, the graduate will be able to

  • utilize collaborative leadership skills on inter- and intra-professional teams to foster effective communication, enrich patient outcomes, and foster change in health-care delivery systems;
  • integrate evidence-based strategies to ensure safety and quality health care for patients, populations, and communities;
  • evaluate information systems, considering ethical and regulatory issues to improve patient care and health-care systems;
  • assess policies, trends, and forces influencing health-care policy to design, implement, and evaluate the effect on future patient outcomes;
  • analyze the scope of health-care economics and key information sources as they affect health care for patients and populations; and
  • conduct a comprehensive systematic assessment of health and illness parameters incorporating diverse and culturally sensitive approaches.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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