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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree is a terminal professional practice degree and prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles to serve the health care needs of the people of Nevada, the nation, and the professional community.

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

The UNDNP program is a post-master's collaborative program between the School of Nursing at UNLV and the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The collaborative program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Cohorts of up to 14 students will be admitted to each school each year. The program is offered online with three on-campus meetings during the course of the program consisting of two days on campus for orientation and one day each during two different semesters for the DNP Project Proposal and DNP Project defenses.

Students may enroll full-time and complete the program in two years or part time to complete the program in three years. As such, the program is five semesters long with one summer session the first year for students pursuing full-time study and eight semesters long, with two summer sessions after the first and second years, for students pursuing part-time study.

Total program credits are 39 with a DNP Project, focused in three courses and spaced over three semesters. The semesters in which the DNP Project is focused will depend on whether the student is following a full-time or part-time program of study.

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 healthcare 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, a collaborative program with UNR, prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles to serve the health care needs of the people of Nevada, the nation, and the professional community. DNP graduates are equipped to assume a wide range of leadership roles in both direct and indirect health care settings.

Workplace

DNP graduates may function as a specialist in their advanced practice clinical roles, nursing faculty, or as healthcare executives, or program and policy analysts.

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