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Friday, May 01, 2015 Apply Now

Doctoral Education that Prepares Nursing Professionals in Advancing Evidence into Practice

Drexel's online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or practitioners and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes. Nurses who graduate from Drexel's DNP program are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates. Graduates of the DNP degree will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings.
  • Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes.
  • Use advanced communication skills - to lead quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers.
  • Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery. 

Tracks of Study

Students who enroll in Drexel’s online DNP program have the opportunity to choose from two designated tracks: 

  • The Practitioner Track: This track is for the student who wants to remain in clinical practice post-graduation.
  • The Executive Track: This track is for students who want careers in executive nursing and health care management, but who still prefer a nursing doctorate with a connection to clinical practice.

These specialties educate students as clinical scholars in their chosen field and enables them to advance their skill set, knowledge and career. This degree is applicable to a wide variety of fields and subsets, and is especially appealing for advanced nurses who would like to earn a doctorate, but continue to practice significant clinical work.


Clinical Requirements

A total of 250 clinical hours are required, and are built into the following courses:

  • NURS 830 - 125 Hours
  • NURS 835 - 125 Hours


Apply today! 

Drexel University is not currently accepting applications in this program from prospective students living in following states: Iowa, North Carolina, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

WASHINGTON RESIDENTS: Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. 


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