Flexibility, Convenience for Working APNs
UNC’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) empowers you to affect the future of nursing and health care delivery. Available to practicing MSN / APNs, this two-year, online DNP program prepares you to be a clinical expert with a focus on the critical thinking, leadership and political policy skills needed to advocate and create changes in healthcare practice at the individual, population and organizational systems levels. The DNP curricula provides content in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas.
As the terminal degree in nursing practice, the DNP provides an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs and brings you to the highest levels of scientific mastery and critical analysis. Critical to the DNP degree is the development of the doctorally prepared clinical scholarly project.
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Time to Completion:
2 years (part-time)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master's)
The post-master’s online DNP program requires 44 credits of coursework and about 1,000 clinical hours. You can apply the clinical hours logged in your master’s program toward the 1,000-hour requirement. The DNP program includes three required visits to the University of Northern Colorado campus. You’ll finish the degree with a DNP scholarly project that addresses issues you encounter in your own professional practice. The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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The aging of the U.S. population, combined with changes in the health care system, has resulted in a critical demand for leadership in the nursing profession. Current health care trends have left nurses with more responsibility than ever. The post-master’s DNP degree empowers you to analyze the scientific, technological and policy factors that influence the profession. You’ll be equipped with high-level expertise to help you bring about positive change for colleagues, patients and the communities you serve.
Consider UNC’s DNP post-master's certificate if you want to:
- Exercise professional leadership
- Raise standards of nursing practice and health care delivery
- Improve communication within the discipline
- Serve as a teacher and role model
- Advanced scientific concepts
- Advanced clinical practice
- Translation of evidence and epidemiology
- Policy formulation and analysis
- Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice
- Population Centered Health Care
- Advanced Nursing Theory
- Leadership in Health Policy
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