Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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Introduction

The online Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Nova Southeastern University is a practice-focused terminal degree preparing graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or executive leadership. This program is designed to serve post MSN nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse managers/executives. DNP curricula build on current MSN programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking.

Graduates of the DNP program are prepared to lead and engage in practical, clinically focused scholarship and evidence based practice research utilization. Focusing heavily on practice that is innovative and based in evidence, the final project reflects the application of research findings completed by the research-focused doctoral prepared scholar. Both the research and practice-focused doctoral programs in nursing share the scholarly approach to nursing science and are considered terminal degrees in the discipline.

Advanced nursing practice is defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as:

Any form of nursing intervention that influence health care outcomes for individuals or populations, including the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy (p.2).

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2004). AACN position statement on the practice doctorate in nursing. Washington, DC: Author.