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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Details

The online DNP degree program from McKendree University is designed to provide a high quality educational experience to advanced nursing leaders who will drive the future of healthcare. Graduates are able to:

  • ​Synthesize science-based theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines to assess, evaluate, and integrate health care phenomena to impact positive patient outcomes at the individual, group, community, or global level
  • ​Integrate clinical change through organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking to achieve excellence in nursing practice
  • ​Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, methods of inquiry, humanities, and related sciences to translate best evidence for application to improve practice
  • ​Advance the effective use of health care information systems to ensure high-quality outcomes with the generation of data-driven decisions in nursing care
  • ​Advocate for social justice and health equity by evaluating, developing, and implementing policy to impact health care delivery at all levels
  • ​Engage interprofessional collaborative initiatives to examine complex systems and develop effective methods to create positive change for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • ​Translate knowledge into practice to improve patient outcomes and synthesize best practice for improving the nation's health
  • ​Engage in experimental learning and research to promote advanced levels of nursing practice grounded in ethical and moral decision making

Requirements

  • Hold an unencumbered RN license.
  • Submit all official college and university transcripts.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae documenting two years of full-time work experience in a leadership or faculty role in nursing education at a two- or four-year college or university, hospital, or health care organization within the past five years OR minimum of two years full-time work.
  • Participate in an on-campus individual interview.
  • Submit a two- to three-page essay.
  • Submit three letters of reference.
  • Experience in a nurse executive or a management leadership role within the last five years.
  • Submit proof of completion of a graduate-level statistics course with a grade of “B” or higher within the last five years. Students’ academic coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis for completion of this requirement.
  • Submit proof completion of a graduate-level epidemiology course with a grade of “B” or higher within the last five year. Students’ academic coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis for completion of this requirement.
  • Learners will attend two on-campus immersions during each August of the two years.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education