We are pleased to announce that Chamberlain College of Nursing has launched a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program!
Chamberlain’s DNP degree program is designed for the advanced practice nurse (APRN) seeking the highest level of clinical competency.
The curriculum focuses on understanding and applying research in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, population health, informatics and healthcare policy.
“Healthcare delivery is evolving to focus more heavily on illness prevention and specialized models of care that address a diverse patient population,” said Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, director of graduate programs for Chamberlain. “Chamberlain’s DNP degree program prepares nurses to fill critical leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings, overseeing the implementation of such reforms. Graduates will bridge the knowledge gap between research and practice to provide greater patient safety and continuous quality improvement.”
In the 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” the Institute of Medicine recommended doubling the proportion of nurses with a doctoral degree by 2020. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing echoes this recommendation, supporting a change in the level of preparation required for advanced nursing practice from the master’s to the doctoral degree.
“Chamberlain’s evidence-based project and practicum focus prepares APRNs to implement solutions for some of the most pressing issues they will confront in their professional roles,” said Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE, professor in Chamberlain’s DNP degree program. “APRNs who obtain this DNP degree will have the knowledge to apply proven research in direct patient care to improve delivery processes and strengthen the foundation of healthcare.”
The 10-course Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program may be completed online in five semesters, or fewer than two years of full-time study. During four practicum courses, students build their advanced nursing knowledge through clinical experience and a final project. Projects will aim to improve patient and process outcomes, and might range from a quality improvement project to a pilot study in the healthcare setting. Students will be able to see the impact of their change initiative immediately.