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DNP Program Outcomes & Student Learning Outcomes

DNP Program and Student Outcomes:

1. Synthesize advanced theoretical concepts from nursing and other scientific disciplines to support clinical and leadership practices.

  • Integrate science and theory to advance scholarship, research, and leadership in clinical practice to improve health outcomes for diverse populations (DNP Essentials I, II, VII, VIII).

2. Incorporate scholarship, research, and analytic methods to lead evidenced-based practice change and continuous quality improvement.

  • Appraise scientific processes to inform quality improvement strategies to translate evidence and guide decision-making in clinical practice and organizational systems (DNP Essentials II, III, VIII)

3. Generate clinical prevention and population health improvement strategies.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that address health promotion and disease prevention (DNP Essentials VI, VII, VIII).

4. Translate complex scientific findings into clinical and leadership practice.

  • Critically evaluate the literature and current research to guide best practices to improve healthcare outcomes of individuals, families, and healthcare systems (DNP Essentials II, III, VI, VII).

5. Integrate processes which support technology-enhanced and data-based health care.

  • Lead quality improvement efforts utilizing healthcare technology to enhance organizational and system performance (DNP Essentials III, IV).

6. Foster intra- and interdisciplinary collaborations which advance the level and quality of healthcare across populations and systems.

  • Employ effective communication skills and collaborate with other healthcare disciplines to influence healthcare delivery that enhances patient care and improve outcomes of a population or system (DNP Essentials II, VI, VII).

7. Utilize knowledge of health policy to facilitate advocacy initiatives, social justice, and ethical care.

  • Lead, advocate, and participate in health policy initiatives to positively impact healthcare delivery; and
  • Employ ethical and legal principles to guide healthcare systems acting as a patient advocate in the delivery of quality healthcare (DNP Essentials V, VIII).

8. Assume high-level leadership roles in organizations and systems, which positively impact the health of individuals and populations.

  • Lead and collaborate with interprofessional teams to provide high quality, safe, and cost- effective, focused care to meet the needs of diverse multi-faceted populations and systems (DNP Essentials II, VI).