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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Nurses are the very heart of the health care system. With an aging population and a shortage of health care professionals on the horizon, the need for advanced practice nurses continues to grow. Our DNP program builds on your bachelor’s or master’s degree as we prepare you for a leadership role in the health care system providing competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based holistic health care to diverse individuals and families in a variety of settings.

Post-Bachelor's Program Overview

The post-baccalaureate student can choose from one of three specialties: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesia.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner


The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track can be completed either as a part-time or full-time program, requiring a three- or four-year commitment, respectively. You’ll develop the necessary skills to provide high-quality, cost-effective primary care across the lifespan of adults. After completing this track, you’ll be eligible to take a national certification exam for adult nurse practitioners.

Family Nurse Practitioner


The family nurse practitioner track also can be pursued either part time or full time and prepares you to diagnose and manage most common illnesses for patients of all ages and to assume the responsibility inherent in prescribing medications. After graduation, you’ll be eligible to take a national exam for family nurse practitioner certification.

Nurse Anesthesia


The nurse anesthesia track is only offered as a full-time program and is completed in three years. You’ll be trained in a range of areas, such as advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy (with cadaver lab), advanced pharmacology and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice. The clinical component is featured more prominently as the program progresses, beginning with part-time hours and gradually ending with full-time hours plus a call rotation.

Post-Master's Program Overview

Accreditation

All DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Programs in Nurse Anesthesia are also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). 

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Date of next review: October 2019 
Attrition: (new program) n/a
Certification exam pass rate: (new program) n/a
Employment rate: (new program) n/a

222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137 
home.coa.us.com 

Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-463-6930
Fax: 202-785-8320

Program Outcomes

The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
  3. Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
  4. Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
  5. Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
  6. Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  8. Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.