Nursing Doctoral Offering

  • Clinical scholarship and scientific inquiry help to transform health care practice and systems every day. To keep pace, you'll need to be prepared to expand your role, not only as a clinician, but as an educator and administrator.

  • Carlow University DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice

    Are you ready to lead from where you are? Be prepared for a variety of advanced practice roles in leadership and education. Further your education through this innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program.

    Carlow University’s DNP degree program is designed for nurses who want to learn to evaluate current evidence, gain competencies in translating research into practice, and then apply those findings in decision-making. Emphasis is placed on leading the implementation of transformational change in the student’s area of practice.
    This 30-credit, low-residency program is designed to be completed in 20 months, which includes a Saturday class at the Oakland campus two times a term, with extensive online facilitation. You will take two to three courses per term. Six credits (of the 30 required) are electives. You can select a personal focus of interest from a variety of graduate-level offerings.

    After completing the program, the DNP student will: 

    • Critically appraise current scientific findings and theories to enhance the practice of nursing and health care 
      • Evaluate strengths, limitations, and disparities in current health care systems and care to diverse populations
      • Integrate current theoretical and research literature to impact positively the quality of health care
      • Construct, and evaluate new approaches to practice, utilizing a collaborative interdisciplinary approach  
    • Translate and utilize evidence-based concepts and information systems to promote optimal health in diverse populations, settings, and systems 
      • Use databases, information technology, and research methods to participate in data collection that generates and evaluates evidence-based practice
      • Design effective methods for the empowerment of health care consumers that encourages active participation in their own health care
      • Evaluate, apply, and revise evidence-based practice protocols to promote wellness
      • Create leadership roles and collaborate with other professionals to effect changes within complex systems of care 

    • Propose and implement ongoing changes in delivery approaches and health care systems to promote quality, safe care
      • Impact the ethical, economic, social, and political issues that affect health care outcomes
      • Develop, advocate for, and promote health care initiatives at local, regional, and/or national levels
      • Promote fiscally responsible quality care 

    • Pursue clinical scholarship and scientific inquiry to transform health care practice and systems 
      • Demonstrate accountability for and utilization of evidence-based practice principles in the practice of advanced nursing
      • Advance the practice of nursing through scholarship, mentorship, and leadership efforts
      • Disseminate results of evidence-based practice protocols, systems changes, and population health care initiatives