Take your passion for patient care to the next level. A DNP allows you to expand your scope of practice, pursue leadership and teaching roles, and continue to advance in your nursing career.
A DNP is now considered the gold standard in education for today’s advanced practice nurses.
To meet the demands of an increasingly complex healthcare landscape, many clinical and leadership roles in nursing that once required a master’s degree now often prefer a doctorate of nursing practice.
Advanced practice registered nurses are in high demand. Aside from gaining technical skills in a population focus, the doctorate of nursing practice also develops you into a versatile, strategic healthcare professional by covering topic such as:
With an unprecedented demand for nurses of all career levels there comes a growing need for qualified nurse-leaders. A doctor of nursing practice can also open doors to executive-level leadership roles and qualify you for teaching positions.
Advanced practice registered nurses with a DNP typically earn a higher salary than their master’s-level counterparts. Additionally, a higher-level degree helps you pursue advancement opportunities, which often lead to higher pay and more flexibility in the job market.
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average annual salary for professionals with a DNP (Payscale.com, 2021)
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USF’s Franciscan values and the Nursing Code of Ethics have a lot in common. When you pursue your DNP at a school like University of Saint Francis, you’ll not only gain skills and knowledge to provide quality care to patients; you’ll also develop into a healthcare professional who reveres each person’s dignity, respects all creation, and is dedicated to serving others.
Our strong reputation, quality education and flexible format makes our program ideal for working nurses across the Midwest and beyond:
Our doctorate of nursing practice program builds upon our long history of outstanding nursing education. The most respected healthcare organizations in the region trust graduates of University of Saint Francis to be well-prepared and ready to serve.
USF understands that many of our students are working nurses; that’s why we offer a flexible hybrid model. You’ll spend time on campus twice a semester for what we call “intensives.” During this in-person learning portion, you’ll participate in lectures, group work, simulations, patient visits and more. The rest of the semester involves flexible synchronous and asynchronous online learning.
USF students are well-prepared for their board certifications exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
No matter where you are in your nursing career, USF has a path for you to move forward toward the DNP degree:
Designed for bachelor’s degree-level nurses who want to pursue a DNP, this program track is available in four speciality areas:
This track allows associate-level RNs to work toward a DNP, while completing core bachelor’s degree requirements on the way to the BSN-DNP coursework.
If you already have a master’s of science in nursing and want to advance to the doctorate level, this pathway is for you.
USF offers several other ways to advance your nursing education, including an ASN to MSN track, a BSN to MSN track, and post-graduate certificates.
Our DNP program offers these advanced practice registered nurse concentrations:
Family nurse practitioners can offer a full range of primary healthcare services to patients of all ages. Especially in demand in rural and underserved areas with limited access to physicians, FNPs also focus on patient education, disease prevention and health promotion.
Help fulfill the nation’s growing need for compassionate, quality mental health services. Psychiatric-mental health NPs help assess, diagnose and treat patients of all ages, in a variety of settings, who may be experiencing substance abuse disorder, behavioral issues, and other psychiatric conditions.
Assess, provide and manage care for adults, with a focus on acute and critical illness, injury and conditions. Adult-gerontology acute care nurses can work in a variety of in-patient and hospital settings, including the ER and ICU.
Additionally, DNP students looking to expand their nursing role can choose from these concentrations:
Once you’ve passed your APRN certification exam, you can work as a nurse practitioner in a wide range of health care settings from hospitals and specialty clinics to outpatient and comm centers.
Additionally, your prior nursing experience coupled with a DNP degree can open you up to other career opportunities, including:
USF graduates have found advanced practice registered nursing positions and other clinical and administrative nursing roles at places such as:
Advanced practice registered nurses and other nursing professionals can grow their careers through a variety of continuing education options, including additional certifications and specializations.
Between the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) you can find certifications in areas such as:
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