Purpose of DNP Program

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The DNP program of study builds upon baccalaureate education and expands current MSN education to prepare nurses for clinical leadership and hands-on advanced practice. Graduates of the DNP program receive preparation in such key areas as evidence-based practice, organization and systems leadership, finance, health policy, information technology, population health, patient safety, and translational research with the goal of improving patient and population health status and outcomes. The DNP does not create a new role; rather it provides advanced practice nurses and nurse executives with additional knowledge and skills that better prepares them to address evolving and increasingly complex societal needs.