Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Clarkson College online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to lead the way in enhancing the quality and safety of the nation’s health care delivery systems.

This practice-focused doctorate program addresses the most contemporary aspects of expert clinical practice and offers in-depth knowledge in leadership, health care systems design and evaluation, and emphasizes evidence-based practice and applied research.


We Make Our DNP Program Practical for Full-time Professsionals & Parents

New as of spring 2015, the 31-credit hour DNP curriculum is designed for convenient part-time study. Students who prefer full-time study will follow an accelerated degree plan.  As you progress from course to course, you will:

  • Solidify your knowledge of patient care delivery through the application of clinical scholarship. The program requires a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours to meet specific DNP competencies. Clinical hours from your completed MSN program are included in the total clinical hour count.
  • Enhance your management skills through coursework in organizational leadership, business plan utilization and inter-professional collaboration.
  • Apply the principles of illness prevention and health maintenance to provide better patient outcomes and improve the quality of care delivered to diverse populations.

The final requirement of the DNP program consists of a rigorous dissertation and residency experience that demonstrates your ability to translate scientific research into evidence-based, client-centered health care practice.

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