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.
  8. Deliver evidence-based care using clinical reasoning and analysis of complex healthcare issues to improve patient outcomes.

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.

The UAH College of Nursing Graduate programs align with the following professional nursing standards and guidelines:

  • AACN The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

The post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway also encompasses:

  • NONPF Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies (2017)
  • AONE Nurse Executive Competencies (2015)
  • National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education: Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016)