The PLU Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) and prepares registered nurses to become either Family Nurse Practitioners or Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. If already a master’s-prepared ARNP with another role or population focus, the post-MSN DNP student is prepared to advance their practice to the doctoral level. A post-MSN non-ARNP track is also available.
Successful completion of the BSN or non-ARNP MSN to DNP program qualifies students to sit for national certifying examinations for Family Nurse Practitioner or Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure. All DNP graduates will be prepared to play key roles in providing strong, effective nursing leadership and ensuring the continued quality of patient care and evidence-based outcomes in our nation’s healthcare systems.
The DNP program outcomes are:
- Integrate and actively use science-based theories and concepts in advanced nursing practice.
- Develop and/or evaluate effective strategies for improvement in practice including risk assessment and quality care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations.
- Integrate and apply current research knowledge to solve complex practice situations while identifying strategies to continuously incorporate and communicate new knowledge.
- Use information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems.
- Assume leadership to design, implement, and advocate for health care policy that addresses issues of access, resource management, and equity in health care.
- Effectively collaborate as a member and/or leader of an interprofessional or a multidisciplinary team to improve health outcomes.
- Evaluate care delivery models and/or concepts to provide health promotion and risk reduction/illness prevention strategies.
- Assume the role and distinct skills of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in an area of specialized nursing practice.