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
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