The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Drexel University is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or advanced practice nurses and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes.
Nurses graduating in Drexel's DNP program are well equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.
What you’ll learn
The DNP program provides students with the knowledge needed to translate research into practice and advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice and leadership roles to lead healthcare innovations and influence policy. Throughout the program students develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which impact health care outcomes. This innovative program offers extensive opportunities for collaboration with a tradition of rigorous scholarship.
The objectives of this program are focused in two areas: leadership in an executive role and advanced practice role. Graduates of the DNP degree will be prepared to:
- Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings.
- Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes.
- Use advanced communication skills - to lead quality improvement and patient safety.
- Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers.
- Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery.
What makes the Doctor of Nursing Practice program unique?
- Graduates are prepared for a leadership role as an executive or advanced practice nurse.
- Students evaluate contemporary health care environments and healthcare policies.
- You are part of the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions, a forward thinking, progressive, and interdisciplinary healthcare school.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
A Master's Degree in any field. If your Master's is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing is also required.
- Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
- If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
- Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Two letters of recommendation required.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
- You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service
- If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
DNP program written statement, answering the following two questions in 2-3 pages, double-spaced. (You do not have to answer the essay on the application as well):
- Why do you want to enter the Drexel Doctor of Nursing Practice Program?
- As a clinical nursing scholar, specifically, what clinical nursing phenomena are you most interested in and do you perhaps have a primary clinical research question in mind?
CV/Resume and Forms:
Please complete the following forms:
Criminal history/background check clearances: Criminal background and child-abuse background checks are required. If you have resided outside Pennsylvania in the past three years, you must submit an official criminal history background check from each state where you resided. Drexel University will obtain this information if you are admitted.
Current U.S. licensure as a registered nurse, as well as copies of current advanced practice nursing licensure and advanced certification documents.
Previous experience as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist,) or a nurse manager/executive.
Additional requirements can be found here
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central
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