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.

*US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010–2011,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm (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.

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 / PhD in Health Services Graduate
Cynthia Hickman
James McDaniel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
James McDaniel
Luzviminda Miguel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Luzviminda Miguel
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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