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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Prepare to lead.

You’re already an experienced nurse. Now you want to be recognized as an equal partner. You want a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Unlike a PhD designed for academia, the DNP prepares you to be a nursing leader in the clinical setting and to provide extraordinary patient care.

Make a bigger difference.

You’ll gain the skills and authority to assess, diagnose, and create and implement a plan for individual patients and their families, as well as for vulnerable populations. You’ll become a respected partner in working to improve patient outcomes, the quality of care, systems of care and safety within the health care environment.

Raise your profile.

The DNP gives you leadership, business and research skills to work effectively with advanced health care providers, administrators and researchers.

Choose your specialty.

Our Nurse Anesthesia program (CRNA) is jointly offered with the NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia. Our certification exam pass rates are well above the national average; in several recent years, it’s been 100 percent.

Our Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner programs prepare you to take the certification exams provided by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Again, our certification pass rate is consistently above the national average.

Please join us for an upcoming information session, where you’ll learn more about our program and admission requirements and meet with program faculty and staff.

Program Goals.

  1. Integrate nursing science and knowledge with the knowledge of other disciplines and implement this knowledge in order to improve healthcare.
  2. Evaluate and translate evidence-based practices to improve health and healthcare outcomes at the patient, family, population, clinical unit, system, and/or community level.
  3. Demonstrate collaborative and leadership skills on intra-professional and inter-professional teams to foster effective communication, enhance patient outcomes, and create change in complex health care delivery systems.
  4. Contribute to the specialty of advanced practice nursing through participation in systemic inquiry and other scholarly endeavors.
  5. Use information systems and technology to improve patient care outcomes in advanced practice nursing.
  6. Incorporates a philosophy of social caring based upon respect for the whole person, embodied in professional practice and service activities within a multicultural society.
  7. Assume a leadership role in influencing the direction of health care at the local and national level.
  8. Advanced nursing practice within a defined specialty.

Student Learning Outcomes.

  1. Practice as an advanced practice clinician who demonstrates knowledge of population health issues, prevention strategies, and culturally relevant approaches to improve health.
  2. Provide organizational leadership through systems of care that utilize interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation to deliver safe, effective, and efficient patient-centered care, which influences policy.
  3. Design, implement, evaluate, and promote evidence-based care in complex situations through continuous quality improvement and clinical scholarship.
  4. Develop, implement, and evaluate transformational patient care technologies and analytical methods focused on safety and quality standards.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of global health disparities, and in the Vincentian mission of the university, advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies that impact the overall health of individuals and communities.