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

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 degree’s coursework covers a range of topics, including healthcare policy and advocacy, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, information systems and technology, advanced nursing practice, and organizational and systems leadership.

Why earn your online DNP degree from Walden?

Our online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree 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, earning your DNP at Walden 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 degree 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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our DNP 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

Career Impact

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.

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing, DNP Talking Points, on the internet at www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/talking-points (viewed online July 31, 2017).

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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