Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused terminal degree earned by specialists in advanced nursing practice. The DNP focuses on developing nursing experts in translating and applying research findings in clinical practice. The post-master’s DNP curriculum expands the competencies of the APRN from the master’s level to encompass knowledge required as nurse leaders in increasingly complex healthcare systems to assess published evidence informing practice, improve systems of care to improve healthcare outcomes, and to make changes to enhance the quality of care.
Graduates of our DNP program are prepared as nurse leaders in interprofessional health care teams and work to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality and safety. After graduating from the DNP program, you may decide to take a leadership role in a variety of practice settings. Perhaps you will decide to apply your skills in administration or combine teaching with clinical practice. If you are considering a career in academia/teaching, you will need to take additional courses in curriculum development and pedagogy.
Our current post-master’s DNP program is flexible enough to accommodate nurses working in advanced practice positions. Future plans are to offer the DNP for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and want to pursue a DNP while earning an advanced nursing practice specialty.
Please use this link to watch a DNP program overview video by program director, Dr. Bobby Lowery.
Please visit our DNP peripheral website for further information.
The following faculty members will be your core instructors as you move through the DNP program:
A minimum of 36 s.h. is required for post-master’s DNP students. Program length and required credits depend on advanced practice specialty selected. The credit hour requirements for the Post-BSN to DNP (which will be available in the fall of 2014) will vary depending on the APRN focus. Students will be required to attend on-campus sessions for 2-3 days at the beginning each semester for intensive faculty and peer interaction to meet program of study objectives.
The DNP program can be completed using a full or part-time plan. The curriculum plans are only a suggested course of sequence and you may be able to modify your schedule by meeting with your graduate advisor.
Download the DNP curriculum plan here.
Download the DNP Post-Master's curriculum plan here.
For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.
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