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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal professional practice degree that prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in clinical practice, administration, clinical teaching, and clinical research.

The DNP program prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice, academic leadership in nursing education, and other leadership roles to serve the health care needs of the people of Nevada, the nation, and the professional community.

The program offers a BSN to DNP plan with Nurse Practitioner and Academic Leadership tracks, and an MSN to DNP plan, with Academic Leadership and Advanced Practice tracks. It is anticipated that a BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP Nurse Executive track will be added for fall 2017.

Learning Objectives

The goal of the DNP degree is to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in clinical practice, clinical teaching, and health care analysis. At the conclusion of the DNP program, graduates will:

  • 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

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

Application Deadlines

Both plans begin during the fall semester. Applications available on the Graduate College website. All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements:

Preferred Admission Deadlines

  • Application deadline for BSN to DNP plan is February 1 for preferred early admission. Applications will be accepted until the cohort is filled.
  • Application deadline for MSN to DNP plan is February 1 for preferred early admission. Applications will be accepted until the cohort is filled.

Available Online

UNLV is unable to provide fully online education to students from certain states. Visit the State Compliance page for more information.