Today’s advanced practice nurses need to have the forward-thinking clinical expertise and leadership skills at their command to promote the application and implementation of evidence-based practices that are linked to original scientific research. Accomplishing this goal means linking knowledge about health policy, informatics, and business practices to care of individual clients, families and communities. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) at Wilmington University is the terminal degree to produce the most competent advanced nurse clinicians to meet the nation’s increasingly complex health care needs.
Foundational outcome competencies for the D.N.P. program are derived from The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006). Upon completion of the Doctor in Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), graduates will:
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed to combine theory, practice, and inquiry to enhance students’ interpretation and use of evidence based practice to influence the health care system. The 24-credit D.N.P. core is designed to build upon graduate nursing education in the areas of population health, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas. These core courses are delivered by the Wilmington University block format.
The D.N.P. is a rigorous practice-leadership focused degree. Clinical practicum experience affords post-graduate students the opportunity to synthesize and utilize theory and data to promote the highest quality of care at the advanced level of professional nursing practice. Five hundred (500) post-graduate practicum hours will be completed while enrolled in the D.N.P. program. This practicum requirement meets the AACN requirement of 1,000 clinical hours.
The D.N.P. program exists within a framework of professional academic rigor that culminates with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a defined doctoral project. The D.N.P. project is an indirect practicum over three semesters with advisement until project completion. Students must be raised to candidacy before beginning this phase of the program. This doctoral project itself totals 12 credit hours.
The D.N.P. program is delivered in two ways, either a modified hybrid format or 100% online. The modified hybrid consists of classroom meetings the first weekend and last weekend of the Core DNP classes. For the D.N.P. Project students may need to meet initially at the beginning, but definitely at the end to present their culminating work. The online students will only need to come to campus at the end of the program to present their work.
Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.