Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The complex state of healthcare in the U.S. today is rapidly changing.  There is a high demand for qualified nurse practitioners who are well prepared to take on the challenges of critical and emerging healthcare needs.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Nebraska Methodist College prepares nurses who want to expand their leadership and practice expertise to improve and promote the wellbeing of patients within their community.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an evidence-based, terminal practice degree designed to advance nursing practice at the community level.  The DNP curriculum prepares nurses to become family nurse practitioners (APRN-FNP) with the scientific knowledge, practice expertise and leadership skills needed to evaluate, advocate, integrate and apply clinical prevention and population health initiatives that improve patient care and outcomes.

DNP candidates complete 75 credit hours in the program, which integrates clinical education and analytical methods into evidence-based practice.  Students will acquire the necessary skills to:

  • Organize practice using both theoretical and scientific underpinnings
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership aimed at quality improvement and systems thinking
  • Evaluate information systems, technologies and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of healthcare
  • Assess healthcare policies in relation to advocacy in healthcare
  • Collaborate inter-professionally toward improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Apply the principles of clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health
  • Advance nursing practice at the community level
  • Sit for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nursing Credentialing Commission and for licensure as an APRN in the state in which she or he practices. 

DNP Program Advantages at NMC

  • Online coursework with on-campus orientation and two, three-day summer sessions at the end of the first and second years of the program
  • Extensive faculty experience in clinical practice nursing, systems leadership, and community practice
  • Courses are divided into 5-week blocks, with some courses comprised of one, two or three blocks
  • Elective courses in  rural health, education and community health planning

DNP Salary & Job Outlook

Salaries for nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree vary widely in the U.S. and are based upon many factors including geography, job description, specialty and experience. Nurse practitioners overall are in demand with a faster than average projected job growth of 34% from 2012 to 2022.

A survey conducted by Advance Healthcare Network indicated the average annual salary in 2013 for nurse practitioners was $98,817.