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"The D.N.P. degree is a practice focused doctorate that prepares both clinical and healthcare system leaders to impact the future of our nations' ever changing, complex healthcare environment."

— Dr. Jeannie Garber, D.N.P. Program Coordinator 

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Description of Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is an innovative online program with full-time and part-time study options with a focus in either Advanced Practice Nursing or Leadership in Healthcare Systems. The total number of credits required ranges from 31-46 depending on transcripts and previous course-related practice hours and includes 1,000 course-related practice hours post-B.S.N.

The D.N.P. program prepares students to lead healthcare innovation at the highest organizational level and influence policy while allowing students to focus on a particular specialty area. The D.N.P. nurse impacts the practice of nursing, the healthcare delivery system and the shaping of health policy by providing the environment, resources and knowledge needed to provide high quality patient and family-centered nursing care and to practice as a professional within an interprofessional team.

A key feature of the D.N.P. is its’ focus on evidence-based practice and evidence-based management practice, as emphasized by the Institute of Medicine. The D.N.P. is a practice-focused degree with an emphasis on the rigor of evidence-based practice based on research knowledge and the analysis of clinical and systems data. JMU D.N.P. graduates have a strong scientific foundation for practice and are prepared to translate knowledge quickly and effectively to benefit patients and healthcare systems.

D.N.P. graduates demonstrate the competencies in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2006).
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at James Madison University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Leadership in Healthcare Systems  
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