The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program is designed in concert with the mission of the University and the School of Nursing. The goal of the doctoral program is to produce knowledgeable, competent, and clinically proficient advanced practice nurses with the skills and dispositions needed to serve in leadership capacities in their respective fields.
The primary elements of the program are applied research and clinical practice. These two elements are embedded in courses throughout the program with opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and skills to problems and practice in the students' respective fields.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed as a practice-focused doctoral program to prepare clinical experts in a specialized field. The Doctor of Nursing Practice has a BS-DNP and MS-DNP option. Students with a bachelor degree in nursing complete the Graduate Nursing Core and DNP Core, along with credits in one of these clinical specialty concentrations:
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
MS-DNP students who are advanced practice nurses or nurse executives are required to complete the 30 credit DNP Core. MS-DNP students who are non advanced practice nurses or nurse executives are evaluated individually and will require an estimated 46-57 credits for completion. BS- DNP level candidates must complete 67-69 credits.
Students seeking a BS-DNP will take a stop out and receive a master’s degree allowing them to sit for the appropriate national certification examination and begin clinical practice. Students will then resume enrollment into the DNP curriculum. This allows students to gain clinical expertise in a nursing practice role, while simultaneously completing requirements for DNP courses, including the Scholarly Project in NSG 608.
DNP PROGRAM OUTCOMES
The DNP Program at Wilkes University prepares students to:
1. Apply scientific inquiry and information technology to become leaders in advancing nursing practice.
2. Demonstrate application of scholarship and research for solving the nation’s complex health problems.
3. Translate evidence based research into clinical practice.
4. Integrate and disseminate knowledge for improving patient and population health outcomes.
5. Engage in healthcare policy.
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Why a DNP?
A DNP degree prepares nurses for healthcare leadership roles in the 21st century. The AACN strongly recommends that all advanced-practice nurses be educated at the doctoral level; this includes clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.
Commitment to Mentoring
Wilkes University is committed to academic excellence through mentoring, and this devotion extends to the DNP program. DNP students will benefit from one-on-one advising to develop a plan that meets the student's individual learning needs.