Doctor of Nursing Practice
Begins every Fall (August)
- 33 Credits
- 1+ Years to Complete
- Online with 1 Campus Visit Required per Semester
- Live Web Classes and/or Recorded Lectures
- Full- or Part-Time Options
- In-State Tuition Regardless of Residency
UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines' Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) distance degree program prepares graduates to be clinical leaders who will play an integral part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. They'll gain an expertise in quality improvement and systems leadership that will influence policy and health care outcomes for individuals and families.
Based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials, graduates awarded the Doctor in Nursing Practice will demonstrate the ability to:
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge of ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as a basis of practice and inquiry.
- Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on nursing science and associated theories.
- Develop and evaluate care delivery for vulnerable populations.
- Use advanced communication processes and skills to lead to quality improvement and patient safety.
- Design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and systems of care within a practice setting, health care organization or community against national benchmarks to determine variances in practice outcomes and population trends.
- Design, direct and evaluate quality improvement methodologies to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
- Apply relevant findings to develop practice guidelines and improve practice and the practice environment.
- Use information technology and research methods to improve patient care.
- Demonstrate leadership in development and implementation of institutional, regional and national health policy.
- Employ clinical prevention and health promotion to improve population health with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.
- Develop and sustain quality therapeutic partnerships with patients/clients to ensure optimal outcomes of advanced nursing care.
- Work effectively in collaborative professional partnerships.