Program Outcomes

At the end of the DNP program, the  graduate you will be able to:

  1. Integrate nursing science with knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice. Indicators/measures: Successful completion of the D.N.P. curriculum, peer reviewed publications of clinical research and practice related to the prevention of disease, health promotion and expert practice.
  2. Design programs or initiatives that will ensure patient safety, improved patient outcomes that demonstrate professional accountability. Indicators/measures: Patient outcomes data, completion of residency requirements and individually directed CQI (continuous quality improvement) project.
  3. Provide intra- and interprofessional leadership in accomplishing change in health care and complex health care delivery systems. Indicators/measures: Completion of evidence-based project, residency requirements, evaluation of healthcare outcomes, presentations of clinical research and indicators of expert practice in professional meetings and conferences.
  4. Apply information technology and research methods to establish evidence-based outcomes as the best support for practice. Indicators/measures: Completion of courses in Management of Information Systems, Analytical Methods, Clinical Research, Evaluation of Healthcare Outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate leadership in the development of institutional, local, federal and/or international health policy. Indicators/measures: Completion of courses in Advanced Practice, Health Systems and Policy, Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare, and Residence; editorial activities such as serving as peer reviewer of journal articles and books, or serving as editor for nursing journals; collaboration in the development of interdisciplinary standards for patient care.
  6. Synthesize concepts related to clinical prevention in developing and evaluating interventions to address health promotion/disease prevention. Indicators/measures: Completion of courses in Evaluation of Health Care Outcomes, Human Genetics, Epidemiological Management of Populations, Health Systems and Policy; state, regional, national and/or international recognition or awards for expert practice and initiatives.
  7. Demonstrate an advanced level of clinical judgment, cultural sensitivity and system knowledge in designing and delivering care of improve the health outcomes of individuals, aggregates and populations. Indicators/measures: Data on patient outcomes, completion of the evidence-based project and residency requirements, evidence of influence on health policy and practice throughout the field.