Doctor of Nursing Practice
DNP Degree Program Overview
Purdue University Northwest’s postmaster’s doctor of nursing practice program focuses on translation science. Nurses who earn this degree are prepared to lead transformative healthcare by becoming experts in the search, appraisal, synthesis, transfer and application of evidence – and in the evaluation of its impact on outcomes.
This program prepares excellent graduates who hold diverse roles in the healthcare field. You’ll learn to improve patient outcomes by making an impact on patient care, nursing practice and organizational systems.
You’ll also learn to translate and embed best evidence into your practice as you work with experienced faculty and organizational facilitators.
Effective July 18, 2022, the post-masters doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on July 18, 2024.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.
Your plan of study builds on your previous master’s-level coursework. You might need to take advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and/or physical assessment in addition to DNP core courses. Then, you’ll move to the translation science course sequence, where you’ll build on what you learn by completing a practice inquiry project.
You can currently complete this degree online, except for a one-week, on-campus summer intensive.
Part-time students follow a three-year plan. In the first year, your primary focus is on core doctor of nursing practice coursework.
- NUR 50200 – Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing
- NUR 50300 – Advanced Health Assessment
Complete core DNP courses; begin taking evidence-based practice and translation science courses.
- NUR 52500 – Informatics In Nursing
- NUR 63200 – Health Policy Local to Global
- NUR 65600 – Healthcare Organization, Policy and Economics
Focus on your practice inquiry project through independent residencies, supported by guidance from your faculty chair.
- NUR 59900 – Special Topics/Independent Study In Nursing
- NUR 62400 – Evidence Based Practice
- NUR 62600 – Applied Biostatistics for Outcome Evaluation
DNP Degree Program Highlights
Graduates enter the marketplace with real-world experience and vital skills under the guidance of expert faculty. You’ll hone your ability to acquire, appraise, and implement best practices.
Our College of Nursing is home to the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, an Affiliate Center of JBI.
DNP Degree Program Outcomes
As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to integrate your knowledge of systems, theory, science and evidence to advance care. You’ll also be able to translate evidence to support practice; design evidence-based cost-effective nursing interventions; influence policy; initiate change; and evaluate outcomes. Finally, you’ll demonstrate role competence as a DNP.
DNP Degree Program Career Paths
This degree prepares you for a number of roles in the field, including:
- Management of individual patients and populations
- Leadership in nursing practice
- Clinical education
DNP Degree Program Beyond the Classroom
We encourage students to be members of professional organizations that align with their area of practice. Eligible students may join Sigma Theta Tau.
DNP Degree Program Employers
Graduates of this program are employed by organizations like:
- Ambulatory care practices
- Hospital systems
- Schools of nursing
DNP Degree Program Scholarships
We offer College of Nursing scholarships to DNP students. Graduate assistantships are also available.
Acquiring my DNP at PNW brought about professional and personal growth. The faculty members are exceptional mentors who guided me towards identifying and implementing transformational change in the approach to healthcare of homeless women.
Obtaining my DNP developed my translational science skills and promoted my professional growth. In an ever-changing healthcare environment, the faculty supported me in discovering the essence of evidence-based practice and leading change.
Meet the Faculty
Mary Morrow, Ph.D., RN, APRN, ACNS-BC
AG-CNS Concentration Coordinator and Associate Professor
Dr. Morrow teaches in College of Nursing’s graduate program and is the coordinator for the AG-CNS MSN concentration. She serves on CON, university, and professional committees and as a column editor for a nursing peer-review journal.
Earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice at PNW
Whether you just completed your master’s degree or are looking to take the next step to advance your career, Purdue University Northwest’s doctor of nursing practice (DNP) allows you the ability to level up your skills.
Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or email@example.com to see how PNW can meet your needs.