Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is designed for students who have either a baccalaureate nursing degree or a master degree in advanced nursing from a college or university accredited by either the Commission on the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLN-AC).
The primary goal of the DNP program is to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. Graduates of the program will assume clinically intensive leadership careers, including clinical practice, clinical leadership, applied research, and faculty roles with additional course work in education.
The WSSU DON DNP degree program offers a multiple entry model to facilitate the transition from BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP degree. The DNP program is designed for BSN and MSN prepared nurse professionals to achieve the DNP competencies (AACN, 2006) with a clinical focus in the Family Nurse Practitioner area of specialization. The BSN-DNP pathway requires 3 years (6 semesters and 2 summers) and the MSN-DNP pathway requires 1.5 years from the MSN program completion (4 semesters: spring, summer, fall, spring).
Program MissionThe mission of the DNP program is to develop advanced practitioners of nursing into evidenced-based, inter-disciplinary providers who meet the needs of a rapidly expanding healthcare field. DNP program goals include:
• Prepare a diverse population of advanced nurse clinicians to function
as clinical leaders in service and academic settings.
• Prepare clinical leaders to serve as executive health care managers
and to employ concepts of patient centered and inter-professional
• Prepare clinical leaders to initiate, develop, and evaluate health care
policy, finance standards, guidelines, and protocols.
• Prepare nurse leaders to initiate, develop and use translational
science and apply evidence-based practice to ensure quality care and