Doctor of Nursing Practice
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program offers specialized doctoral-level training for advanced practice nurses. The program emphasizes clinical reasoning at the highest level, preparing graduates to be nursing leaders who deliver patient-centered care as members of interdisciplinary teams emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics.

Coursework culminates in an evidence-based research project that provides opportunities for innovation and collaboration in areas such as patient-centered care, system influences on care providers, and population-focused healthcare.

Three tracks are offered for registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking nurse practitioner preparation:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

A fully-online 31-credit D.N.P. completion degree option is available for advanced practice nurses who already have a master’s degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in the School of Nursing and Health Services are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Contact Information

Terri L. Devereaux, PhD, MPM, FNP-BC
DNP Program Director
412-397-5440 phone

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Advanced Pathophysiology
Principles of Epidemiology
Applying Evidence-Based Practice

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More than ever before, today’s complex healthcare environment needs skilled clinicians,  expert communicators, and good people. Our students are about more than a major.

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