Learning Outcomes

Purpose, Program Outcomes, and Goals


The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare the graduate as an expert clinician for direct- or indirect-care roles in advanced practice and in clinical leadership.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the student will enact the following outcomes:

  • Implement and evaluate clinical practice based on scientific knowledge.
  • Assume advanced practice nursing roles as an expert clinician.
  • Demonstrate advanced leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of increasingly complex healthcare organizations.
  • Demonstrate analytical methodologies for the evaluation of clinical practice and the application of scientific evidence to improve professional practice.
  • Apply clinical scholarship methodologies for organizational quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and healthcare outcomes.
  • Use advanced skills to design, develop, and implement the use of contemporary technological information systems.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the analysis, formulation, and implementation of healthcare policy.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams necessary to meet healthcare needs of individuals and populations.
  • Apply ethical theories, legal and practice standards, and advocacy to decision-making in healthcare issues.
  • Apply population-based methodologies for health promotion and disease-prevention in advanced practice.


The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide a high-quality educational program that prepares candidates for successful careers as clinical experts and leaders.
  • Implement a program of study that promotes expert clinical practice, continuous practice improvement, effective leadership practices, and clinical scholarship.
  • Participate in the evolution, development, and improvement of clinical practice for professional nursing.
  • Create and implement a rigorous clinically focused doctoral program which demonstrates the continuous improvement of clinical practice and scholarship.
  • Impact and improve clinical practice, clinical outcomes, health policy, and care delivery methodologies.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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