Doctor of Nursing Practice

DNP Intensive 2015

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The University of Alabama in Huntsville, College of Nursing offers both the Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP and the Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP pathways. The added content in the post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway will allow a seamless progression from the completion of a baccalaureate degree to advanced practice. Advanced practice specialty training at the doctoral level is needed to address the growing complexity of patient care and health care systems. In addition, expanding accountability of clinical expert nurses in advanced practice roles requires competencies in population-based care, leadership, health policy, health system improvement, research and evidence-based practice.

The CON DNP Program offers two DNP pathways, the post-baccalaureate and the post-master’s. The post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway is for nurses with a BSN degree entering directly into the DNP Program without first earning an MSN degree. The post-master’s to DNP pathway builds on the advanced practice knowledge and skills obtained through a master’s degree program, with a focus on a clinical specialty area.

The existing Joint DNP program will continue until existing students have completed requirements for the DNP degree.

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.

Attention DNP Students:

The Post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway will be added to the UAH Graduate Catalog in January 2018. In the interim, please refer to the DNP Student Handbook.

DNP Program Highlights

  • Very competitive tuition with no additional fees regardless of residence. See for yourself.
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program is available for students who plan to teach after graduation. Loan supports tuition, books, software, and other reasonable educational expenses.
  • Fully online program with one required DNP Intensive in the Spring semester.
  • Eligible students include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and individuals certified in leadership/administration or informatics.
  • Enrollment as either part-time or full-time student.

Notice:

The Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) received full accreditation for ten years effective February 18, 2015.

The independent UAH DNP Program is scheduled for an initial review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As part of this review, CCNE invites program constituents to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program's qualifications for accreditation status. Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org. The final date to submit comments is October 23, 2017.

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001


UAH DNP Graduates

Dee Dee Gardner"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."
Dee Dee Gardner, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC
Cullman Regional Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Lynn Hogan"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."
Lynn Hogan, DNP, RN
Nursing Depart. Chair // Calhoun Community College

Program Objectives

The graduate of the 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.
  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 (2014)
  • AONE Nurse Executive Competencies (2015)
  • National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education: Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016)