National University to Offer Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program
National University has announced the launch of an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program in early 2013. The program is already accepting applications, and the first cohort of 12 students is projected to start classes in February or March of 2013.
The DNP program is designed to provide nurses with master’s degrees the knowledge base that will allow them to improve the quality and safety of healthcare in America through development of new nursing programs, protocols, systems, and administrative programs. It is geared toward nurses who have a greater interest in patient care and related systems than traditional research.
“This DNP program is designed to take students to a high level of preparation for advanced Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics practice,” said Mary McHugh, PhD, RN, director and chair of National University’s Department of Nursing. “We believe this leading edge curriculum will delight graduates and their employers because they will be so well prepared to make advanced contributions to nursing practice.”
Graduates of the DNP program will also help fill the gap in the number of doctorally-prepared practitioners who can teach the next generation of nurses. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has recognized the nursing practice doctorate as appropriate for teaching advanced specialty practice.
The DNP degree requires at least 54 quarter units of graduate coursework. Forty-five of those units must be completed through National University’s convenient online format. The program culminates in a Capstone Project conducted at practice sites.
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