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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional degree designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. As an alternate to research-focused doctorate programs, it is a clinical doctorate designed to develop health care leaders who maximize quality, reduce cost, and increase access to health care. Changing demands in the nation’s health care environment requires nurses to have the highest level of scientific knowledge, practice expertise, and organizational skills in order to assume clinical leadership positions within health care organizations. In addition, DNP graduates are prepared to fill the national need for more doctorally-prepared nursing faculty.

Apply to Madonna University   The Madonna University DNP curriculum is based on the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice, which builds on current nursing master’s programs by deepening knowledge in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking, among other key areas, a highlight of the DNP program is completion of a DNP role immersion experience in which new knowledge is applied within real-world settings, culminating in a scholarly project. Madonna’s Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is designed for those nurses who hold advanced-practice
credentials, are working in clinical practice, and for those in positions that support clinical practice such as nursing administration, organizational leadership, or health policy. The 36-semester-hour program uses a combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities. It can be completed in two calendar years.


Apply to University of Detroit Mercy   The University of Detroit Mercy launched their DNP program this Fall 2010 with a cohort of 12 advanced practice nurses. The 36-credit post-master's program is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of nursing and associated sciences, including informatics and technology to develop and design collaborative health care services that optimize the health of individuals, families, communities and systems. Grounded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, the DNP program emphasizes the student’s development as an expert clinician with strong leadership capacity, a commitment to service, and skills to act as change agents, translating clinical research to improve
health care. Our curriculum was developed from an interdisciplinary perspective with faculty experts from across the university and the state, who are actively teaching in the DNP courses. Classes are offered in a hybrid model (a blend of face-to-face and online) and are scheduled on the same day or evening of the week.

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