Characteristics of the Graduate

At the completion of the DNP Program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Practice at the highest level of nursing, integrating and applying knowledge from the sciences with the fields of organizational management, ethics, health policy, and information technology;
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in organizational and health systems management to improve the safety and quality of health care;
  • Apply analytical skills and translational science methodologies to practice-focused scholarship;
  • Provide leadership in inter-professional collaborative teams to improve health outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems;
  • Demonstrate high levels of skill in health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals, populations, and systems;
  • Develop skill in the analysis and shaping of health policy.
  • Demonstrate skill in the application of ethical decision-making frameworks to resolving ethical dilemmas for individuals, populations, and systems


Competencies of the NP graduate

For students completing the post-baccalaureate option, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) released a unified set of core competencies for all nurse practitioners in April 2011. Amended in 2012, and then again in 2017, these competencies guide both masters and doctoral prepared nurse practitioners. Please see the appendix of the DNP handbook for a copy of the core competencies. You can view the most recent list of competencies on the NONPF website.