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Doctoral Programs

The Doctoral Programs offer registered nurses interested in pursuing advanced leadership roles in nursing practice and research positions in academia as well as in the research departments of leading health institutions and hospitals.

Upon successful completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. integrate scientific underpinnings which support the translation of nursing research to improve nursing clinical practice;
  2. design and evaluate care delivery strategies to meet the needs of patient populations and positively influence health outcomes;
  3. apply clinical scholarship and leadership skills to advance nursing practice;
  4. utilize information systems/technology and patient care technology to improve and transform healthcare;
  5. develop, implement, and evaluate health care policy to advocate for patient populations; and
  6. engage in effective communication skills to lead and participate in interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the PhD program, it is expected that students will demonstrate:

  1. competency in collaborating with scientists from other disciplines;
  2. in-depth knowledge base in their research area of focus;
  3. development of research methods that are scientifically rigorous and innovative to the nursing field;
  4. completion of a dissertation that comprises a significant body of research published in top peer reviewed journals; and
  5. proficient skills in grant writing and scientific publication.

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