Increasingly complex care management and changing health care delivery systems demand new knowledge and skills for today’s and future advanced-practice registered nurses. National nursing organizations have endorsed the DNP as the academic qualification for entry into practice for APRNs. There is a growing demand for DNP-trained nurses by regional employers.
The DNP program offers the following specialty concentrations:
- Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
Eligibility criteria for board certification are established by accrediting agencies (e.g., American Nurses Credentialing Center).
You will attain clinical, organizational, and leadership expertise to lead and transform care systems, translate evidence to clinical practice, and engage in interprofessional collaboration.
Advocate for diverse populations
You will gain skills in advocating for safe and quality care for diverse populations within complex care systems.
Helping patients flourish
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program prepares you for advanced-practice nursing roles based on a foundation of Christian values, engaging and fostering global human flourishing with competence, character, and wisdom.
Classes one day a week
If you hold a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing, you can earn your DNP as a clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner (Family or Adult/Gerontology), attending courses on campus just one day a week. If you are already certified as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist and want to pursue doctoral education, you can earn your DNP even more quickly.
Clinical nurse specialist
Enrolling in the Clinical Nurse Specialist track will help you advance the practice role of a specific patient group or population focus. You'll further your clinical expertise within your area of focus. Coursework and clinical experiences provide individualized learning to refine collaborative skills and interaction with the health care team to improve the quality of patient care.
If you’re a practicing BSN- or MSN-prepared nurse, and you are committed to improving clinical outcomes, advancing direct care through care coordination, evaluating quality indicators, and collaborating with the health care team, you may want to pursue the DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist track.
If you aim to become an independent primary care provider, enroll in the DNP Family Nurse Practitioner track or the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track. These ARNP tracks will guide you to further your clinical expertise across the lifespan or in adult populations and practice as a responsible care provider. Coursework and clinical experiences provide individualized learning so you’ll develop proficiency as a primary care provider. Specialized knowledge and the art of delivering care are emphasized to meet practice standards and competencies.
Post-Master’s Entry, With Certification
If you are a certified FNP, AGPCNP, or AGCNS, you are eligible to enroll in the Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner track or the Post-Master’s Clinical Nurse Specialist track. Each provides an opportunity to build on your master’s education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, practice inquiry, and systems leadership.
post-Master’s entry, without certification
If you are not currently certified as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist but hold a master’s degree in nursing, your DNP education will also prepare you for certification as an FNP, AGPCNP, or AGCNS.