The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Northwestern provides a clinical doctorate for for baccalaureate or master’s prepared registered nurses who desire to practice at the highest level and significantly impact health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. Graduates of the DNP program have the potential to transform health care by utilizing advanced clinical skills, translating evidence into practice, implementing systems changes, establishing standards and policies, and acting as organizational leaders.
The Goals (Purposes) of NSU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice are:
- Provide advanced practice nurse leaders with expertise, specialized competencies, and advanced knowledge required for evidence-based nursing practice and mastery in an area of specialization within the larger domain of nursing.
- Prepare advanced practice nurse leaders to influence, design, direct and implement change in healthcare practice, education, and policy through the development of collaborative alliances to improve healthcare outcomes and decrease morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations.
- Develop advanced practice nurse leaders who contribute to nursing’s body of knowledge through professional development and scholarly inquiry into practice, processes, or outcomes which affect morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations.
The Program Objectives, or Student Learning Outcomes
The DNP Graduate student will:
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.
- Critically analyze health care delivery models based on contemporary nursing science and organizational and systems perspectives to eliminate health disparities and promote patient safety and excellence in practice.
- Systematically appraise existing literature, outcomes of practice, practice patterns, systems of care, and health organizations to design and generate best practice evidence to improve practice and health care outcomes.
- Utilize information systems technology to implement and evaluate healthcare resources, quality improvement initiatives, and programs of care that support practice decisions.
- Advocate for health care policy which addresses social justice and equity in all health care settings.
- Employ consultative and leadership skills to function on inter-and intra-professional multidisciplinary teams that work collaboratively to improve vulnerable populations’ health outcomes.
- Synthesize data relevant to clinical prevention and health promotion for individuals, aggregates, and populations to guide implementation of the highest level of nursing practice.
- Demonstrate advanced practice expertise, specialized knowledge, and expanded responsibility and accountability in the care, management, and evaluation of individuals, families, and communities in a specialty practice area within the domain of nursing.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, nurse anesthesia role/population, at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is under capability review by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) (https://www.coacrna.org/ ), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001, and can be reached at 847.655.1160), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
The DNP program was deemed eligible for accreditation on June 25, 2020, and the virtual site review by the COA is scheduled for November 9, 2020 – November 10, 2020. The DNP Program will be reviewed for initial accreditation by the COA, with an accreditation decision expected in May 2021.
The application process for the MSN-DNP program will open January 1, 2021 for the Fall 2021 cohort.
Applications to the Graduate School and the DNP Program, as well as all supporting materials due by May 15.
The application process for the BSN-DNP program will open February 1, 2021 for the Spring 2022 cohort.
Applications to the Graduate School and the DNP Program, as well as all supporting documents due by August 1.