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As an advanced practice nurse, you have devoted your career to making a difference in your patients’ lives through the field of nursing.

Now you can build on your knowledge and expertise to strengthen your advanced nursing practice, augment healthcare delivery, and improve patient outcomes through Walden’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. The online DNP’s coursework covers a range of topics, including healthcare policy and advocacy, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, information systems/technology, advanced nursing practice, and organizational and systems leadership.

Why earn your DNP from Walden?

Our online DNP program incorporates fieldwork to allow you to apply your learning in a real-world environment. Review the PDF for the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the field experience within our DNP program.

With the American Association of Colleges of Nursing calling for advanced practice nurses to hold doctoral degrees, such as a Doctor of Nursing Practice, by 2015,* earning your DNP at Walden through our online DNP program can position you for advancement in your specialty. Assume greater practice and leadership roles in healthcare organizations, evaluate and apply research that contributes to better patient outcomes, and promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system.

Our online DNP program can do more than give you the opportunity to change your world—it can provide you with the knowledge and practical experience to positively change the lives of others.

DNP Accreditation

CCNEWalden’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Among other benefits, CCNE accreditation:

  • Ensures the DNP program meets national standards of quality and relevance to the profession.
  • Prepares you to address the need for highly trained advanced practice nurses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Translate research findings to direct evidence-based nursing practice.
  2. Develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs.
  3. Apply optimal utilization of healthcare information technology across healthcare settings.
  4. Advocate for the advancement of nursing and healthcare policy through sharing of science-based knowledge with healthcare policy-makers.
  5. Demonstrate leadership to facilitate collaborative teams for improving patient and population health outcomes.
  6. Utilize advanced nursing practice knowledge to implement methodologies to improve population health outcomes.
  7. Establish a foundation for lifelong learning for continual elevation of contributions to the field of nursing through active involvement in professional organizations and/or other professional bodies.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “Talking Points,” on the Internet at www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/talking-points (viewed online Sept. 27, 2012).

Walden Facts

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90% of Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice students responding to our survey say that the quality of education at Walden has exceeded or met their expectations.*

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More than half of Walden doctoral graduates who responded to our survey say their degree contributed to earning a pay raise.*

Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2014 survey.

Testimonials

Allison Souza

Allison Souza

MSN Graduate / DNP Student
I chose Walden because of its faculty commitment to students and its commitmentto social change. I want to master the tools I need to better myself and the community in which I serve.
I have referred friends to Walden. I want them to learn and grow.
Walden afforded me the ability to work full time and attend school. The Walden staff was helpful, friendly, and walked me through using the computer as a tool to learn.
Cynthia Hickman MSN Graduate / PhD in Health Services Student
Cynthia Hickman
James McDaniel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
James McDaniel
Luzviminda Miguel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Luzviminda Miguel
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