D.N.P. Progression Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Marcia R. Gardner, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P., C.P.N., Dean  
Joan Ginty DNP,  APRN, ANP-BC  Associate Dean for Advanced Nursing Practice and DNP Programs

The underlying beliefs of The School of Nursing are rooted in its humanistic framework. In keeping with this framework, Molloy University makes a unique contribution to the nursing profession through its doctoral programs. It is the role of the nurse to stand against the occurrence of dehumanization that may happen in health care settings. In an environment where there may be a devotion to technology and cost containment and where others may be less concerned with the patient as a human being, the Molloy DNP-prepared nurse will lead in translation of knowledge and development of evidence-based nursing interventions that demonstrate value and respect for populations vulnerable to illness and to the improvement of systems of health care delivery. Leadership by the Molloy University DNP-prepared nurse will be directed to transforming systems of healthcare to improve health outcomes, quality of care and lower costs for the benefit of society. Humanistic nursing behavior, rooted in the principles of social justice, is a goal of the DNP program. A curriculum enriched by interprofessional and intra-professional collaboration assists in achieving that goal.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Goals

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a clinical practice-focused program in Nursing that prepares advanced practice nurses to design, implement, manage and evaluate health care delivery systems and patient populations based upon research utilization. The clinical-based DNP program represents a complementary alternative to the research-based Ph.D. program at Molloy University. Emphasis is placed on practice inquiry and evidence-based translational research. Translational research bridges the gap between methods and knowledge identified in scientific research and clinical applications that will improve the overall population.

Consistent with national goals related to health care reform and the growing complexity in health care, a higher level of clinical competence is required beyond the initial preparation as an  Advanced Practice Nurse for nurse leaders in complex health care settings. As clinicians and leaders, DNPs will integrate and apply knowledge in providing and directing evidence-based care. Previously generated research will be translated into practice, thereby influencing access to healthcare, improving safety standards and advocating on a local, regional and national level for practical policy initiatives that will ultimately improve healthcare delivery systems and reduce the time from discovery to application. The DNP program focuses on public policy, informatics, business practices and clinical excellence as they pertain to improving healthcare quality and clinical outcomes.

The practice doctorate prepares individuals at the highest level of practice and will be accepted as the terminal clinical practice degree. The program of study is congruent with the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and builds on the foundation of the nurse practitioner knowledge and skills acquired through population foci advanced practice education.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Objectives

Graduates of the DNP program will be at the forefront in the transformation of health care to better serve the needs of patients, families, groups and communities in an increasingly complex, challenging and changing health care environment. Armed with the additional knowledge, skills and acumen to translate research to practice, they will be leaders in effecting change through evidence-based clinical practice.

The DNP program prepares graduates who are able to:

  • Translate evidence-based nursing research into advance practice nursing to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes
  • Function as a practice specialist member of interdisciplinary research teams with the goal of improving clinical outcomes
  • Employ applied statistics, financial management and budget planning to transform and strengthen health systems
  • Develop leadership skills at all levels of health systems development - institutional, local, state, federal and international
  • Demonstrate expertise in information systems technology in evaluating outcomes of care, health systems and quality improvement

Program Structure

The program is structured as Baccalaureate to DNP; applicants with a master's degree as an APRN will enter with "Advanced Standing". Post-baccalaureate degree students will complete the DNP in one of the population foci (Nurse Practitioner -adult gerontology primary, adult gerontology acute, family, pediatric, psychiatric mental health, and CNS- adult gerontology).  The APRN content will be integrated through the DNP content. Upon graduation students will be eligible to sit for national certification.

DNP Program Progression Plan (PDF)


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