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UAH celebrates Tree Campus USA® recognition
UAH celebrates Tree Campus USA® recognition

UAH celebrated receiving Tree Campus USA® recognition today with a short ceremony that included James Bolte, President of Toyota Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc.; Jen Svendsen, Tree Campus USA Project Manager for the Arbor Day Foundation; Denise Taylor, Coordinator of Huntsville's Operation Green Team; and Clifford Hawkins, Coordinator of the state's Urban & Community Forestry Program, who presented a recognition plaque to UAH President Dr. Robert Altenkirch. The event was a component of the Tree Campus USA program, which is funded by Toyota and administered by the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation.

In his remarks to the audience, Dr. Altenkirch noted the university's ongoing commitment to sustainability through a variety of initiatives. "UAH has a rich tree canopy that we work to enhance annually," he said. "The effort is part of our overall efforts in sustainability from LEED certification to developing pedestrian-friendly pathways such as the greenway to the campus bike-sharing program. Many of these efforts are coordinated through Chargers for Sustainability, a network of organizations and individuals at UAH focused on bettering campus sustainability."

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a joint program offered by The University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing (UAHCON) and The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing (UABSON) and The University of Alabama (UACCN).

The purposes of the DNP program are to prepare graduates at the highest level of nursing practice to:

  • provide complex hospital and community-based care for patients and families.
  • redesign and evaluate nursing and health care systems.
  • address dire shortages of clinical nursing faculty to mentor and educate new nurses.

"DNP education allows me to influence what changes I want to see in healthcare. Combine that with evidence based practice and change is almost inevitable."

Dr. Dee Dee Gardner, 2009 graduate

"My DNP educational experience has provided me a better understanding of our healthcare delivery system and the need for improved delivery approaches based on evidence-based practice and research."

Dr. Sallyann Storer, 2011 graduate

"Completion of the DNP program at UAH expanded my realm of possibilities, challenged me to dig deeper and created a network of nursing colleagues that provide insight and resources for professional growth and interaction."

Dr. Lynn Hogan, 2009 graduate

  • Ranked 6th Best Online Graduate Nursing Program by US News & World Reports.
  • $340 per hour tuition with no additional fees, regardless of residence.

Program Objectives

The graduate of the UABSON/UACCN/UAHCON Joint DNP Program will:

  1. Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of clinical interventions for practice.
  2. Evaluate policy, care delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs.
  3. Demonstrate intra and interprofessional collaboration to address health disparities and to improve health care quality across diverse populations and cultures.
  4. Incorporate knowledge of current and emerging health technologies to improve care delivery and organizational systems.
  5. Translate scientific, theoretical, and ethical principles into health care for individuals, families, and populations.
  6. Assume complex leadership roles to advance clinical practice and health care delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  7. Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care.

The DNP focus is to prepare expert practitioners who can also serve as clinical faculty. The DNP will initially be offered as post-master's entry to nurses with a specialized advanced nursing master's degree.