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.

The DNP Graduate Will

  • Demonstrate the advanced knowledge and skills that comprise a foundation for advanced nursing practice.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and the basic sciences that support the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Contribute to the specialty through participation in systemic inquiry and other scholarly endeavors.
  • Develop the ability to work independently, accepting responsibility and accountability for one's own advanced practice.
  • Assume a leadership role in influencing the direction of health care at the local and national level.
  • Incorporate a philosophy of social caring based on respect for the whole person, embodied in professional practice and service activities within a multicultural society.
  • Embody a commitment to self-directed life-long learning and continuing personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrate responsibility to society by establishing a practice that is based upon professional standards as well as ethical and moral principles.
  • Use an analytical framework to evaluate information systems and technology in health care.