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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Introduction

Nurses are integral to our 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-Master's Program Overview

For individuals with master’s degrees, we also offer the opportunity to earn a post-master’s DNP online in the following tracks:

  • Care of Populations
  • Nursing Leadership

Learn more about our Quinnipiac University Online tracks, including admissions information:

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.