Profound changes in increasingly complex health care systems mandates change to improve quality of care while reducing costs, improving access, eliminating disparities, and promoting safe practice. “Practice-focused doctoral programs are designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. They focus heavily on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings" (AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advance Nursing Practice, p. 3).
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program focuses on development of advanced competencies for complex practice, and research utilization for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes, and system management. Graduates will be expert in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating health care delivery systems and will be prepared to lead at the highest clinical and executive ranks.
- Graduates who are expert practitioners for diverse populations and systems who engage in leadership to create practice environments that improve health care outcomes
- Graduates who promote evidence-based innovations, technologies and scholarship in nursing and health care delivery to improve practice
- Graduates who synthesize scientific, theoretical, and policy data from a variety of disciplines to improve health care systems and health outcomes for individuals and populations
- Collaborate in inter/intraprofessional networks that promote diversity and optimize care in complex health care systems
- Graduates who create an environment that supports personal and professional development to enhance health care outcomes and life quality for populations