The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a program of doctoral study for the professional nurse seeking specialty preparation in advanced practice nursing.  The DNP program prepares nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners to be advanced practice nurse leaders who work to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality, and safety for vulnerable populations in the Vincentian tradition.

Program Goals

The purposes of the graduate tracks in the doctor of nursing practice program are to prepare advanced practice nurses for leadership roles in the practice setting:

  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.

Expected Competencies

  1. Demonstrate safe, effective, and efficient professional practice, in a defined area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Develop the ability to work independently, accepting responsibility and accountability for one’s own advance practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
  3. Demonstrate responsibility to society by establishing an Advanced Practice Nurse practice that is based upon professional standards as well as ethical and moral principles.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop public speaking skills through the use of presentations and dissemination of personal research findings.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative and leadership skills on intra-professional and inter-professional teams to foster effective communication, enhance patient outcomes, and create change in complex healthcare delivery systems.
  6. Assume a leadership role in influencing the direction of healthcare at the local and national level.
  7. Evaluate and translate evidence-based practices to improve health and healthcare outcomes at the patient, family, population, clinical unit, system and/or community level.
  8. Contribute to the specialty of advanced practice nursing through participation in systemic inquiry and other scholarly endeavors.
  9. Embody a commitment to self-directed life-long learning and continuing personal and professional development.
  10. Using existing and new databases, analyze data to critically appraise the literature and develop best practices in healthcare.
  11. Use information systems and technology to improve patient care outcomes in advanced practice nursing.
  12. Use an analytical framework to evaluate information systems and technology in healthcare
  13. Incorporate a philosophy of social caring based on respect for the whole person, embodied in professional practice and service activities within a multicultural society. 
  14. Analyze major factors and policy triggers that influence health policy-making in order to influence policy, educate others about health disparities, cultural sensitivity and access to quality care, and advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical issues in all healthcare arenas.
  15. Reflect on educational experiences and life lessons to gain insight into the development of a personal philosophy of healthcare, and to align their own nursing practice and personal decisions with ethical choices.
Core Requirements 38 hours
Concentration Requirements 8-72 hours
   Total hours required    46-110 hours