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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) Area of Focus: Transformative Leadership: Systems

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This area of focus is a post-master’s practice doctorate that prepares graduates for systems-level leadership and improving outcomes in a variety of settings. Students considered for admission should have potential or demonstrated leadership ability.

Terminal Objectives

The DNP degree is designed to prepare graduates to function as highly developed clinicians and leaders in advanced nursing practice or systems of care. Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of complex clinical, organizational and educational systems with diverse populations, and are able to affect changes in health care outcomes through evidence-based decision-making and system redesign.

  • Integrate science-based theories and data-based concepts to develop, critically appraise and implement practice approaches that improve health care and health care systems
  • Apply organizational theories and systems thinking to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and safety outcomes of practice decisions and initiatives
  • Apply effective strategies for managing the ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to monitor and improve outcomes, programs and systems of care
  • Provide leadership in influencing policies on the financing, regulation and delivery of health care
  • Lead interprofessional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes
  • Function independently in an advanced nursing role to improve health outcomes in a specialty area of practice


Subtotal: 14

Subtotal: 15

DNP Practica and Project

Subtotal: 6

Total: 35

Minimum credits required: Successful completion of the Systems MSN to DNP track requires a minimum of 35 term hours for graduation. Upon review of an individual’s academic portfolio, additional courses or clinical hours may be required.

It is expected that previous clinical hours plus DNP Specialty Practicum and Immersion hours will be equal to or greater than 1,000 clock hours.

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