Post-MS to DNP

The DNP degree furthers the student's focus on the leadership role. Particular emphasis is placed on translational methods in evidence-based practice that drive innovation in healthcare organizations and systems. The Post MS-DNP is designed for Masters prepared nurses to obtain the Doctor of Nursing Practice 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)

As a doctoral student in the Post-MS to DNP track you will:

  • Develop skills to influence public policy through participation in professional organizations and health policy activities at the local, national, and global level.
  • Take courses in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.
  • Complete the program in as few as five semesters.
  • Have options for full-time and part-time programs of study.
  • Experience courses in online and in an executive format.

Direct Care Pathway (for APRNs)

  • Identify trends in practice to improve patient outcomes
  • Analyze and apply evidence to make improvements in patient care populations
  • Identify potential system changes to improve care for patient populations
  • Facilitate quality improvement projects to improve patient care
  • Understand finance and business principles for clinical providers
Sample Program of Study


Organizational Leadership Pathway (for APRNs/non-APRNs)

  • Summarize critical processes used in program planning
  • Apply organizational and systems leadership skills to eliminate health disparities and promote patient safety
  • Project the impact of regulatory, government, and policy change on health care finance, reimburse, and delivery
  • Analyze and predict strategies to positively influence system outcomes.
  • Identify need for program development based on regulatory mandates, market demands, and system-level outcomes
Sample Program of Study

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

Questions for a graduate advisor?

Request More Information

Program Manager
Shelley Kern, MPC

Faculty Specialty Track Director
Gillian Tufts, DNP, APRN, CFNP