The DNP is a clinical practice doctorate in an advanced specialty of nursing practice. In addition to the following outcomes, the DNP graduate will be eligible to sit for APRN certification and licensure in accordance with the selected specialty track (Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Health Systems Innovation and Leadership). In accordance with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (October, 2006), the DNP graduate will:

  • Demonstrate expertise in an area of specialized advanced nursing practice that is culturally sensitive and evidence-based in the care of individuals and populations.
  • Integrate the biosciences and theory from nursing and related disciplines, education, research, business, and technology into advanced nursing practice.
  • Translate research into practice through critiquing current evidence and evaluation of outcomes that contribute to the enhancement, improvement and development of best practices for favorable patient outcomes.
  • Develop the leadership and organizational expertise to effectively identify the policies and procedures necessary to meet the dynamic state of healthcare delivery.
  • Promote change in nursing practice and healthcare delivery through inter-professional collaboration, policy development and information technology utilization within an area of specialized advanced nursing practice.
  • Evaluate patient, population, and healthcare system outcomes and design appropriate intervention strategies in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice to achieve quality improvement and improve the health of individuals, aggregates, and populations.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). AACN position statement on the practice doctorate in nursing. Washington, DC: Author.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006, October). The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. Washington, DC: Author.