James Madison University

Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an innovative online program with full-time and part-time study options with variable credits between 31-44, depending on transcripts and previous course-related practice hours. Because DNP education is specialized, the specialty content preparing DNP graduates for various practice roles will differ substantially across specialty areas. However, all DNP graduates will demonstrate the competencies in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing  by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2006)

Students may choose two areas of foci: 1) Advanced Practice Nursing or 2). Leadership in Healthcare Systems.   The DNP nurse impacts the practice of nursing, the healthcare delivery system, and the shaping of health policy by providing the environment, resources, and knowledge needed for nurses to provide high quality, patient and family-centered, accountable nursing care and to practice as a professional within an interprofessional team.

A key feature of the DNP is its focus on evidence-based practice and, especially, evidence-based management practice, as emphasized by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The DNP degree is not a research-focused degree, as is the PhD. It 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 DNP graduates will have a strong scientific foundation for practice and prepared to translate knowledge quickly and effectively to benefit patients in practice environments.

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