Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has called for moving the level of preparation necessary for advanced nursing practice roles (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists) from the master's degree to the doctorate level by the year 2015. The University of Utah College of Nursing has met this goal and now offers all of its advanced practice nursing programs as a DNP degree. The DNP curricula build on previous master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking among other key areas. DNP programs prepare nurses for the highest level of nursing practice.
For RNs and APRNs (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists) with a Master’s degree, the College of Nursing offers a 5-semester DNP degree program in an executive course format.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Specialty Tracks
For BS-prepared RNs with career goals of becoming a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife, the College of Nursing offers an eight (8)-semester DNP program. The DNP program has five specialty tracks that qualify graduates for certification including the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) degree, the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty and the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) specialty.
Acute care nurse practitioners play a vital role in managing patients with complex acute and chronic health conditions in hospitals, nursing facilities and specialty clinics.
Neonatal nurse practitioners provide comprehensive care to high-risk newborn infants and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Nurse midwives and woman's health nurse practitioners provide women with primary healthcare before, during and after pregnancy.
Primary care nurse practitioners provide comprehensive health care to populations across the lifespan in a family practice setting. A distance education program is available to geographically eligible students. Specialty areas for certification include Adult/Gerontology, Family, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).
Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners provide psychiatric assessment, mental health diagnoses, comprehensive treatment planning, and psychotherapy with individuals, groups and families across the lifespan.