Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The University of Utah College of Nursing offers advanced practice nursing programs as a DNP degree. The DNP degree is designed for bachelor's prepared nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The DNP curricula provide education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas.

BS to DNP Program

The BS-DNP program specialty tracks includes Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Neonatal, Nurse Midwifery, Primary Care (Adult/Gerontology, Family, and Pediatrics), Psychiatric Mental Health, Women's Health, and a dual-track in Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health.

Masters to DNP Program

The Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice (MS-DNP) program of study is designed for master's prepared nurses to obtain the DNP degree in one of two pathways:

  • Direct Care for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN)
  • Organizational Leadership (non-APRNs, i.e., for nurse administrators, and APRNs)

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences to provide the basis for advanced nursing practice.
  • Provide, manage and evaluate the care of individuals and populations using evidence-based concepts related to physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, as well as community, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic dimensions of health.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and decision-making, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care.
  • Develop and evaluate initiatives that will improve the quality of care delivery.
  • Analyze and communicate critical elements necessary to the selection, use, and evaluation of healthcare information systems and patient care technology.
  • Actively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations aimed at improving healthcare delivery, care coordination, and policy.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, value lifelong learning, and recognize the need to adapt the practice to changing social, political, and global healthcare environments.

Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus)

Opportunities are offered for doctoral/graduate students, through the Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus), enrolled at member colleges and universities to take courses that may not be provided at his/her home institution for a typical price.

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Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

Questions for a graduate advisor?
gradstudentinfo@nurs.utah.edu

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Welcome From the Assistant Dean of MS/DNP Programs

Dr. Gwen Latendresse, PHD CNM FACNM

Dr. Gwen Latendresse, PhD CNM FACNM

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