The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program is designed in concert with the mission of the University and the School of Nursing. The goal of the doctoral program is to produce knowledgeable, competent, and clinically proficient advanced practice nurses with the skills and dispositions needed to serve in leadership capacities in their respective fields.
The primary elements of the program are applied research and clinical practice. These two elements are embedded in courses throughout the program with opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and skills to problems and practice in the students' respective fields.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed as a practice-focused doctoral program to prepare clinical experts in a specialized field. The Doctor of Nursing Practice has a BS-DNP and MS-DNP option. Students with a BSN complete the Graduate Nursing Core and DNP Core, along with credits in one of 5 clinical specialty concentrations:
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Cinical Nurse Specialist
Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
MS-DNP students who are advanced practice nurses or nurse executives are required to complete the 30 credit DNP core. MS-DNP students who are non advanced practice nurses or nurse executives are evaluated individually and will require an estimated 44-57 credits for completion. BS- DNP level candidates must complete 65-70 credits.
Students seeking a BS-DNP will take a stop out and receive a master’s degree allowing them to sit for the appropriate national certification examination and begin clinical practice. Students will then resume enrollment into the DNP curriculum. This allows students to gain clinical expertise in a nursing practice role, while simultaneously completing requirements for DNP courses, including the Scholarly Project in NSG 608.
Students in the DNP Program will learn to:
synthesize nursing science to manage complex health problems and improve health outcomes in advanced nursing practice,
develop and evaluate knowledge and skills in organizational and systems leadership to improve health care practice and policy,
critically analyze information technology, research methodology, and quality improvement methodology to implement the best evidence-based practice,
design and analyze patient care technology and information systems to enhance quality of health care delivery,
evaluate health care policies to improve health care policy outcomes at the local, state and national levels,
employ specialized knowledge and leadership skills when collaborating and leading other inter-professional health care teams in complex health care delivery systems,
analyze health disparities, cultural diversity, environmental and societal needs in the care of individuals, aggregates and populations,
develop, demonstrate and sustain advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability to implement and evaluate evidence-based care.
Small, private school
Why a DNP?
A DNP prepares nurses for healthcare leadership roles in the 21st century. Starting in 2015, advanced practice nurses requiring a DNP include nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists.
Commitment to Mentoring
Wilkes University is committed to academic excellence through mentoring, and this devotion extends to the DNP. DNP students will benefit from one-on-one advising.
Wilkes University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.