Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Established in 2008, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 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 a leader and educator and to utilize clinical research to improve and transform healthcare.

This program is based on the understanding that nursing provides services, which include 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 who 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 mission of the College of Nursing's DNP program is to educate advanced practice nurses as leaders who are adept at translating scholarship into practice in order to improve health care quality and outcomes.  


Director of Advanced Practice and Graduate Certificate Programs
Leanne Nantais-Smith PhD, RN, NNP-BC

Academic Services Officer
Alicia Scheerhorn, MBA: DNP and PhD students