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Clinical Expert: Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

College of Nursing

The Clinical Expert Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares clinical practitioner scholars to extend their scope within the advanced practice clinical and leadership roles.

Expand on your APRN role with the advanced practice DNP Clinical Expert certificate. All DNP APRN graduates develop skills to assess research and evaluate outcomes to improve patient care.

Program Highlights

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    Flexible Curriculum

    Learn on your schedule with online graduate programs ranked #1 nationally by the 2023 U.S. News & World Report.

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    Innovative Learning

    Prepare and practice in the college's innovative, teaching-education accredited Clinical Simulation Center.

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    Leadership in Education

    Join a leading program that was one of the first four nationally recognized DNP programs in the country.

What You’ll Study

Through online classes and select on-campus immersions, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement evidence-based practices and system-wide changes to improve patient outcomes. As a DNP student, you'll be able to collaborate with dynamic faculty mentors on evidence-based projects, develop your own grants and participate in a health policy internship.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

    Treat Injuries

    Providing medical care to individuals who have been injured or harmed

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Advance Practice Nurse
  • Nursing Executive Leadership
  • Researcher
  • Interventionist
  • Clinical Scholar

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care
  • Acute Care Settings
  • Complex Care Settings

My top three reasons for returning to school were to show my children that it is never too late to reach for goals, increased professional satisfaction, and a shortage in healthcare providers.

Beth Bowers
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