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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree offered by UNCG prepares graduates to analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership that will improve patient safety, quality of care, and implement evidence-based and culturally competent care practices. Graduates from this program will be able to interpret and apply research findings to practice settings, determine and measure system and population outcomes, manage information systems and use appropriate technology for health and risk communication. Our goals are to contribute to the advancement of the discipline and profession of nursing, to lead in the delivery of optimal health care and patient advocacy, and to appraise evidence to improve nursing practice and health care outcomes.

More than ever health care needs highly competent and broadly prepared nurses. The nursing clinical doctorate (DNP) brings a clear emphasis on excellence in clinical practice based on evidence. DNPs are versed in the health of populations, the economics of health care, health policy, interprofessional collaboration and leadership—all areas that are greatly needed if we are to meet the diverse challenges of health care delivery in the US and globally.

The DNP program at UNCG has a diverse and experienced faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and support of students. Faculty are experts in their fields. UNCG currently offers the DNP as a Post BSN for AGNP and a Post MSN for APRNs and DNP Nursing Administration.

Distinguishing Features

  • The School of Nursing’s graduate nursing education program is nationally recognized for excellence by accrediting bodies, professional associations, funding agencies, and U.S. News and World Report
  • Experiential work with experts in the field.
  • Selected on-campus intensive sessions balanced by online content promote life/work balance.
  • Enrollment/class size limited to 24-35 students per year
  • Affordable tuition and fees
  • Access to the full complement of UNCG resources (Writing Center, Media Center, Library, etc.)

DNP Essentials

  1. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  2. Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
  3. Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Information systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
  5. Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
  6. Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  7. Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
  8. Advanced Nursing Practice

-From the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Core Program Outcomes for UNCG DNPs

  • Evaluate knowledge of self, the uniqueness of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in their environment (person).
  • Appraise the impact of the environment on the health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations (environment).
  • Apply an advanced body of knowledge and skills in nursing practice to diverse individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings to promote health (nursing).
  • Appraise the influence of the wellness, illness, disease, and dysfunction components of health upon individuals, families, groups and communities (health).
  • Evaluate evidence that may be applied in nursing practice to promote high quality safe and effective care (inquiry).
  • Integrate the art of caring in the advanced practice nursing scholar role (caring).
  • Practice as an advanced practice nurse to promote the well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of settings (practice).
  • Determine leadership skills within nursing and interprofessional teams to initiate transformative changes in complex clinical practice and health care delivery systems to improve health care (practice/leadership).

Explore the DNP programs currently offered at UNCG SON.

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DNP Post MSN Program: [Application Deadline January, 15, 2020]

DNP Post BSN/AGNP Program: [Application Deadline February 1, 2020]

DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program: [Application Deadline October 1]