Career Options - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The nursing profession continues to demonstrate high-growth potential:

  • Advanced practice nurse positions grew by 68% from 2000 to 2008.*
  • Nurse practitioner positions are projected to increase 23% through 2016.*
  • Nearly 50,000 nursing instructors and teachers will be needed in higher education institutions by 2018.
  • The demand for registered nurses is predicted to increase by 22% between 2008 and 2018.*

The DNP program can position you to take on higher-level leadership and education roles across the healthcare industry so you can make significant contributions to improving the quality of patient care and enhancing the training of nursing professionals.

If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s DNP program can help position you for roles such as:

  • Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
  • Nurse administrator
  • Manager of informatics
  • Nursing policy positions—Director of government policy
  • Director/manager of Health Policy
  • Clinical research director
  • Risk management: RN ethics and compliance officers
  • RN directors and managers in all specialties
  • Safety officers, directors, managers
  • Research and Simulation center directors, managers
  • Clinical teaching positions
    • Pediatrics
    • Maternity
    • Medical/surgical
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Trauma—disaster preparedness
    • CRNA
    • Perioperative

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010–2011,” on the Internet at (viewed online Jan. 28, 2011). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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