Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP

Who is it for?  Does this describe you and your goals?

The DNP program is for nurses who:

The goal of the DNP program is to prepare graduates for the highest level of nursing leadership and practice within organizations and systems, to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes at all levels and for diverse populations, to serve as faculty in nursing education programs, and to translate research findings for clinical practice.

DNP — the degree of choice for advanced practice nurses

The DNP is the highest practice-focused degree in nursing, designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced practice nursing. DNP programs focus heavily on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings.

The need for doctoral education for nurses practicing at the highest level emerged from multiple factors, including the expansion of scientific knowledge required for safe nursing practice and growing concerns regarding the quality of patient care delivery and outcomes in an increasingly complex health care system. See AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, pp. 3-4. 

Benefits of getting your DNP degree

DNP graduates will have the education and applied research skills to:

Strong job demand, wide career options in a health care shortage environment

With broad abilities to diagnose, treat, prescribe medication and deliver health promotion/disease prevention services, APRNs have long been in demand nationwide, especially in small towns, rural areas and underserved metro neighborhoods. They not only expand access to care but also increase treatment options and affordability for patients.

As the nationwide shortage of nurses and primary care physicians deepens with waves of retiring Baby Boomers, DNP-degreed APRNs substantially increase their career options and appeal to employers. How? DNPs are uniquely qualified to help remedy the health care deficit on several levels:

Program overview

Credit Hours

UNMC follows the federal credit hour definition. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. The determination/assignment of credit hours should reflect the educational content of the course and the time required for a typical student to achieve the College’s desired outcomes. See Credit Hour Definition policy.

Limited slots annually — apply as early as possible

The DNP program has limited initial capacity for APRN students per year. Admission is competitive. Applying as soon as possible is to your advantage. Key dates/calendar.