The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is advocating a transformational change in education for professional nurses who practice at the most advanced level. In October 2004, AACN, the “national voice” for America’s nursing education programs, adopted a position statement on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This statement recommends that nurses practicing at the highest level should receive doctoral-level preparation. The DNP degree is a response to the demands associated with increasing complexity in the health care system, expansion of scientific knowledge, and growing concerns regarding the quality of patient care delivery and outcomes.
The DNP program outcomes are derived from the AACN document, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. A DNP is expected to demonstrate the competencies required for the highest level of nursing practice. DNP graduates will be able to do the following:
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice
- Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement in healthcare systems
- Utilize clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
- Apply information systems technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
- Demonstrate leadership in health care policy for advocacy in health care
- Utilize inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
- Develop and apply strategies for clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
- Demonstrate advanced nursing practice competencies for an advanced specialty area
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Touro University Nevada enhances the preparation and abilities of graduate nurses, while providing a non-research intensive option for obtaining a terminal nursing degree. The program requires completion of didactic and practicum nursing courses that comprise a total of 33 semester credits. Each course focuses on knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to fully implement the role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Graduates are prepared to function as nursing leaders in a variety of practice settings.
Students will choose a topic of interest and then engage in a practice immersion experience through the design, implementation, and evaluation of a scholarly project that impacts change within the specialty practice of nursing leadership. Didactic courses are completed over eight weeks whereas practice based courses are completed over a 16 week semester.
A total of 1,000 hours of academic practicum experience must be documented at the graduate level. Students may count practicum hours completed during their MSN education toward this requirement. A flexible and engaging format for completion of 528 hours is built into the 12 month program. If additional hours are needed they may be added to courses during the program or the program may be extended an extra semester, depending on the agreement made between the student and the program coordinator. All practicum experiences are completed in the student’s geographical area and travel to the campus is not required.
Reliable computer resources and high speed Internet access is required. Web conferencing and teleconferencing will be utilized throughout the program.
The DNP program at Touro University Nevada (TUN) provides a cost-competitive option from a WASC* accredited institution of higher learning. Let our highly qualified and supportive faculty help you reach your educational goals. We welcome the opportunty to discuss the program and respond to your questions.
*WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States.