Doctor of Nursing Practice teaches students to design strategies for better patient care
Washington, DC – To help meet the demand for advanced practice nurses with the ability to take a leading role in applying research findings to health care, The Catholic University of America is offering its respected Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) in the convenient online format.
From the patient room to the boardroom, the nursing field is facing a growing demand for leaders with the skills to devise and follow through on strategies for better and more efficient health care in an environment that is increasingly complex and collaborative. The program requires a minimum of 37 credits and covers critical thinking skills and advanced topics in health care, with classes in emerging issues in health care, epidemiology and its applications, the principles of evidence-based practice and leadership in the health care field. Students will also complete an evidence-based practice project under the close guidance of faculty members.
Citing the evolving nature of health care, in 2004 the American Association of Colleges of Nursing voted to increase the level of preparation for advanced nursing practice from the master’s to the doctorate level by 2015. By bringing its D.N.P. program to the convenient, flexible and portable online format, Catholic University is helping the field move toward this goal. The format also allows potential students who live beyond the Washington, DC area to take advantage of the University’s unique benefits: a supportive learning community, faculty members who are personally dedicated to their students’ success and its long tradition of top-quality nursing education.
The degree is offered through the University’s School of Nursing, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The School has been awarded many competitive grants from the federal government over the years, a recognized marker of excellence. In addition, nursing program graduates have consistently showed extremely high pass rates on nursing certification exams.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a recognized credential that shows evidence of the ability to use evidence-based practice to improve systems of health care delivery. Graduates with this degree from Catholic University will see greater opportunities and enjoy more control over their careers.