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
- 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.
School Accreditation Statement
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission