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Doctor of Nursing Practice
In today’s complex health system, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) education develops nurse leaders who possess the knowledge to create and implement practice innovations, elevate patient care, increase quality and safety, and guide organizational change. The DNP, as a terminal degree, provides nurses with a voice to guide the future of the nursing profession to advance healthcare and patient-centered care in this climate of change and reform. Capital University is a trusted leader in nursing education with more than 70 years of experience preparing nurse leaders for lives of service to improve health and healing in the community and the world.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice focused doctorate which typically takes 2 years of full-time study to complete. Capital’s DNP program offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs by emphasizing health systems, quality and safety, executive leadership, and exceptional nursing practice.
* DNP students need to come to campus 3 times for 2 days each over the entire curriculum for intensives.
The Capital DNP offers three areas concentration specialties: health systems in quality and safety, executive leadership, and Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist, which prepares nursing professionals for leader roles in education, administrative, and clinical settings. The program offers a post Masters degree to DNP with online learning and in-person field experiences in settings that maximize your DNP learning journey , giving you flexibility in schedule and selective immersions. All DNP tracks offer important in-person immersion experiences that give learners the opportunity to learn from the experts and this often leads to job opportunities in a broad array of settings.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the highest awarded degree in the Nursing Program at Capital, whose reputation for excellence is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the university.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a relatively new degree, and since 2004, the AACN has endorsed the DNP as the required education preparation for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). The interest in DNP programs has continued to rise as both nurses and their employers recognize the value of the DNP distinction.
Regarding outcomes, DNP-prepared nurses earn more per year than nurses who possess a master’s degree. Actual salary can vary greatly depending upon role and specialty. And job outlook is strong. The demand for quality health care continues to grow for two reasons: the current nurse leader population is approaching retirement and secondly, as our baby boomer population ages, the need for specialized care is also increasing. Highly skilled nurses who can lead at the bedside and in the boardroom are more essential than ever to advancing healthcare and patient-centered care.
Nurses that have a DNP are prepared to function in a wide variety of leadership roles in health care systems and in academic settings. These include:
Nurses with DNPs are greatly needed to improve quality and safety in health care and to assure health system compliance with regulation on health care by serving in roles such as quality improvement, risk management, data analytics, informatics, and research implementation of evidence-based practice. Nurses with DNPs may also serve in national nursing associations, health care and hospital associations, in governmental positions in advisory roles and on commissions and on Boards of Nursing.
The DNP curriculum includes content on health systems, quality and safety, evidence-based practice, population health, policies and ethics, and advanced healthcare technology/informatics. There are a total of three two-day immersion experiences and a five-part progressive DNP Project practicum from conception to implementation and dissemination. Faculty from Capital’s nursing, MBA and Law School programs, who themselves are accomplished scholars and practitioners, give students the advantage of their expertise and networks.
The program focuses on leadership development and executive nursing practice, cultivating expertise in areas essential to the executive nurse including:
Our Nursing, Business and Law schools are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, Accreditation Council for Business School Programs and American Bar Association. Capital’s nursing program also is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League of Nursing.
Master’s degree in Nursing from a CCNE- or NLN-accredited program with an Administration or Health Care Leadership
focus preferred. Master’s grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale.