The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree option is for individuals pursuing education in advanced practice nursing. The DNP is a clinical doctorate designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in the areas of advanced clinical practice (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or nursing administration. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has determined that the DNP will be the graduate degree for advanced practice nurses, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and nurse administrators, effective in 2015.
During the initial years of the program, the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years, the DNP is being offered as a post-masters option only. It is anticipated that beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year, both MSN to DNP and BSN to DNP options will be available. For post-masters students, the DNP program includes 28 credits of nursing courses offered over three terms (summer, fall, and spring) for full-time study and two years for part-time study.
To learn more about the DNP program, please contact Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, Graduate Nursing Programs Director; email@example.com; 715-836-4977.