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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree option is for individuals pursuing education in advanced practice nursing. The DNP is a clinical doctorate with two options to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in the areas of advanced clinical practice (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or nurse executive. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has determined the DNP is the preferred graduate degree for advanced practice nurses, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and nurse administrators.
Both post-masters (MSN-to-DNP) and post-baccalaureate (BSN-to-DNP) options are offered. The MSN-to-DNP option includes an advanced clinical practice option (for nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists) or a nurse executive option. The BSN-to-DNP option includes adult-gerontologic primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontologic clinical nurse specialist, and nurse administrator/nurse executive (adult-gerontologic or family population focus) options.
For post-masters students, the DNP program includes 29-30 credits of nursing courses offered over three terms (summer, fall, and spring) and two years of part-time study. The post-baccalaureate option consists of 68-73 credits with full-time (three year completion) and part-time (four and five year completion) plans available.
To learn more about the DNP program, please contact Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Kenney, Graduate Programs Admission Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-836-3638.
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