Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Graduate Degree
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
3 Semesters


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for professional nurse practitioners seeking to advance their careers to the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP program will prepare you to provide cutting-edge clinical care and advance as a leader in your field.

Who It's For

The DNP program is designed for nurse practitioner providers seeking a terminal degree who want to have a positive impact on the healthcare system.

Key Benefits

  • Expand your expertise in advocacy, policy, leadership, and healthcare systems.
  • Broaden your understanding of diverse healthcare perspectives, from individual health to the health of larger populations.
  • Develop competence outside your field and expand your expertise through interdisciplinary practices.

How Long It Takes

Students can complete the DNP program in three semesters of full-time study, or opt for a part-time program. Admission to the program takes place on a yearly basis, beginning each fall semester.

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About the Program

The DNP program consists of a hybrid education model, blending both online and traditional residency-style learning. Consistent with Westminster’s academic tradition, class sizes are small, so you receive dedicated attention throughout the program.

DNP Program Mission

The mission of the post-masters to doctor of nursing practice (post-MS-DNP) program is to prepare advanced practice nurse leaders to provide the highest level of expertise in a complex healthcare setting. Practitioners are empowered to be catalysts in the constant drive to improve standards used for healthcare. The DNP prepared practitioner collaborates with interprofessional teams to integrate evidence into practice to improve outcomes. Our purpose is to prepare students to embrace learning, accomplishment, and service; and develop the attributes necessary to improve outcomes at the community, national, and global level.

What You'll Learn

  • Evaluate and implement current research to guide evidence-based patient care across diverse populations and critically evaluate processes to continuously improve quality.
  • Develop leadership skills necessary to stay at the cutting-edge of the healthcare industry.
  • Explore the consequences of systemic healthcare disparities and advocate for social justice issues relevant to the healthcare industry.
  • Hone your informatics acumen.
  • Participate in interprofessional practice in a professional setting.

Plan of Study

The full-time program requires three semesters of study:

Semester 1:
In the first semester, you will study Advanced Theory and Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Statistics for Clinical Practice, and Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design, and Methods. You will also begin developing your personal scholarly project.

Semester 2:
In the second semester, you will study Health Care Policy and Economics in Clinical Practice, Epidemiology/Population Health, Leadership and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice, and continue working on your scholarly project.

Semester 3:
In your final semester, you will study Informatics in Health Care Systems, Quality and Safety Across Healthcare Settings, and finalize your scholarly project.

Sample Courses

Epidemiology/Population Health

This course will provide an overview of the epidemiologic tools necessary to understand the complex interactions between health outcomes and human populations. Topics include measures of disease frequency and risk, study design, screening, and understanding and controlling for confounding and bias in epidemiology.

Advanced Theory and Ethics

In this course, you will focus on theory-directed design and implementation of evidence to transform healthcare systems. Advance practice nurses will explore ethical dilemmas in healthcare delivery, and ethics related to decision making at an individual, organizational, and systems level.

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Career Opportunities

A DNP degree is an investment with lifelong benefits, expanding your clinical, leadership, and healthcare opportunities at local and national levels.

Potential Careers

  • Nurse educator
  • Leader of interdisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Political advocate
  • Nurse researcher

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Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

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