1. Synthesize historical and theoretical foundations of nursing science for the complex care of
    individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  2. Integrate scientific, theoretical, ethical, and legal principles to design holistic care delivery models for
    compassionate, person-centered care.
  3. Redesign micro and/or macro systems to improve health equity of diverse communities and
  4. Disseminate scientific evidence to improve health outcomes and transform health care delivery.
  5. Lead improvement activities to promote safe, quality, reliable health outcomes.
  6. Create strategies for intra- and interprofessional communication and collaboration to improve health
    care access and outcomes for diverse populations.
  7. Lead systems-based initiatives to improve health care for current and future needs.
  8. Collaborate in the development and use of emerging health technologies to improve health care
  9. Advocate for social justice, equity, inclusion, and ethical principles.
  10. Mentor others in lifelong learning activities to enhance personal, professional, and leadership development.

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:

  • The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (AACN, 2021)

The post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway also encompasses:

  • NONPF Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies (2022)
  • AONE Nurse Executive Competencies (2015)
  • National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education: Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2022)