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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal professional practice degree and prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles to serve multiple populations.

The program is a post-master's collaborative between the School of Nursing at UNLV and the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Cohorts of up to 14 students are admitted to each school each year. The online program requires three on-campus meetings consisting of two days for orientation and one day each during two different semesters for the project proposal and project defense presentations.

Full-time students complete the program in two years, which consists of five semesters including one summer session during the first year. Part-time students complete the program in three years, which consists of eight semesters including two summer sessions after the first and second years.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide advanced nursing care to improve patient and population health care outcomes in various direct and indirect settings.
  • Take leadership roles in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care and health care systems.
  • Provide evidence-based practice through the application of analytical methods, information systems technology, and clinical research.
  • Collaborate with inter-professional teams to meet the health care needs of culturally and ethnically diverse individuals and populations.
  • Act as change agent, leader, and advocate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care policy as it affects populations and the nursing profession.

Career Possibilities

The DNP program prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice, leadership roles, and to serve the health care needs of multiple populations. DNP graduates are equipped to assume a wide range of leadership roles in direct and indirect health care settings.

Workplace

Graduates are equipped to assume a wide range of leadership roles in direct and indirect health care settings, and may function as specialists in their advanced practice clinical roles, nursing faculty, health care executives, program and policy analysts, or systems experts.

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