Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post BSN to DNP Three-Year Track

The University of the Incarnate Word’s DNP program is limited to 12 to 18 students per cohort. Students will have a one-on-one experience with University of the Incarnate Word faculty and staff throughout their doctoral studies. Courses will be provided in a hybrid format providing students with the opportunity to engage with faculty as they blend face-to-face and online instruction, which has been shown to be a more effective mode of learning.

If you are a licensed, registered nurse from an accredited nursing program, UIW’s three-year BSN-DNP program will help you prepare for a career as a family nurse practitioner (FNP).

Upon completion of the DNP program, you will have attained the knowledge, skills, values and confidence to pass FNP boards and assume an active role serving in a variety of settings as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The UIW DNP produces family nurse practitioners who are skilled in interdisciplinary practice,are culturally competent, and have instilled in their practice the core values of faith, service, innovation, truth, and education. As caregivers UIW DNP graduates will:

  • Integrate nursing science with ethical, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and  organizational sciences to plan, implement and evaluate advanced practice in nursing at the doctoral level.
  • Design, implement and evaluate evidence based therapeutic interventions and interrelationships using advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking. 
  • Synthesize concepts from epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental and medical sciences related to clinical prevention and population health in order to develop, implement and evaluate interventions that improve access to health promotion and disease prevention efforts for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.
  • Lead quality improvement and patient safety initiatives to develop and implement practice guidelines to improve the quality of care. 
  • Design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes of practice against national benchmarks to determine disparities in practice outcomes.  
  • Use information technology and research methods to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care. 
  • Develop, evaluate and provide leadership for health care policies related to health care financing, practice regulation, access, safety, quality, efficacy, equity and social justice.  
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams using effective communication, collaboration, and consultation skills in developing and implementing practice models, guidelines and standards of care, peer review, health policy and scholarly products
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning of self and peers that incorporates professional nursing standards and accountability. 


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