Wayne State University

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Established in 2008, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is designed to prepare the nurse at an advanced level of nursing practice and evidenced-based science. The program emphasizes the development of the student’s capacity to impact the clinical setting as leaders and educators and to utilize clinical research to improve and transform healthcare.

This program is based on the understanding that nursing provides services which includes the direct care of individual clients, management of care for populations, administration of nursing systems, and development and implementation of health policy. 

Advanced practice nurses with practice doctorates will address significant practice issues in a scholarly way, adopt broad system perspectives for health promotion and risk reduction, and act as agents of change that transform client/community care, participate in the on-going evaluation of healthcare outcomes, and assist in the translation of research that leads to positive nursing practice changes.


The purpose of the D.N.P. program is:

  • To prepare clinically focused advanced practice nurses who are capable of translating knowledge into the clinical setting that contributes to the positive development of individuals, families, communities, society and the discipline of nursing.
  • To prepare clinically focused advanced practice nurses who will be capable of addressing the multiple weaknesses in the current healthcare systems through roles as leaders, educators and agents of change.
  • To prepare leaders for the discipline and profession of nursing that will have the skills to address issues of health disparities in an urban environment.

Director, D.N.P. Program
Leanne Nantais-Smith Ph.D., NNP-BC

Academic Services Officer, D.N.P. Program
Dennis Beste