The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates (American Association of Colleges of Nurses, June 2015).
In the University of the Incarnate Word’s DNP program, students will have a close working relationship with faculty and staff throughout their doctoral studies. On-campus orientations are planned at the start of each semester providing students with the opportunity to engage with faculty. Courses will be provided in an online format using an asynchronous approach which may be augmented with synchronous sessions.
The DNP degree provides a foundation for leadership development and refinement of clinical management skills for currently practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Students identify a population of interest at the beginning of coursework. Each course allows further exploration of the population from differing perspectives and builds on the students’ empirical knowledge base. The population of interest will serve as the focus for clinical skill development. Upon completion of the DNP program, graduates will have attained the knowledge, skills, values and confidence to assume an active role serving in a variety of settings as a DNP.
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