Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Drive Clinical
Become an expert in the changing landscape of healthcare. As a
DNP graduate, you will be equipped to lead systems- or
population-focused healthcare transformation by evaluating and
synthesizing current evidence, translating research into practice,
and driving clinical decision-making.
At Carlow University, you'll experience a supportive academic
environment that provides doctoral preparation for nurses seeking a
terminal degree in clinical practice. After completing Carlow's DNP
program, you will be equipped to:
- Critically appraise current scientific findings and theories to
enhance the practice of nursing and health care.
- Translate and utilize evidence-based concepts and information
systems to promote optimal health in diverse populations, settings,
- Lead quality improvement changes through collaboration with other professionals to impact complex systems of care.
- Engage in clinical scholarship, scientific inquiry and lifelong learning to transform health care practice and systems.
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At Carlow University, students experience faculty guidance, statistical support, and a cohort model of shared learning in a supportive academic environment on the journey to becoming a scholar practitioner. Based on your specific area of interest and expertise, you will develop a scholarly inquiry quality improvement project evaluating and synthesizing current evidence, translating research into practice, and driving clinical decision-making.
DNP Program Highlights
- Low residency requirements
- Can be completed in as few as 20 months
- Flexible online courses, with opportunities for synchronous
collaboration with faculty and peers
- Accredited by the American
Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN)
- Workplace tuition reduction (10%) opportunities through the
Where Our Graduates Go
Further your education through this innovative DNP degree program that will prepare you for a variety of advanced practice roles. Our DNP graduates obtain executive nursing and nursing education positions such as Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Education and Professional Development, as well as many nurse faculty and administrative positions with colleges and nursing schools.
Our DNP graduates obtain executive nursing and nursing education
positions such as:
- Chief Nursing Officer
- Chief Operating Officer
- Vice president of nursing
- Director of Education and Professional Development
- Faculty and administrative positions at many colleges and nursing schools
This is a sampling of businesses and institutions that have recently employed Carlow University DNP graduates:
- Geisinger Healthcare System
- Allegheny Health Network
- Cigna Healthcare
- UPMC Healthcare
- UPMC Schools of Nursing
- Carlow University
- Duquesne University
- Westmoreland Community College
- Community College of Allegheny County
- Malone University Ohio
What are Graduates Saying?
"My DNP student experience at Carlow was rewarding. The program aligned with my professional work and I was able to apply things I learned immediately and in a practical manner. The faculty genuinely wanted my classmates and me to succeed. They were available by email or phone and always responded quickly. The hybrid online and live/Skype classes helped me. I completed my MSN in a traditional brick and mortar program, this format helped me with the transition to student after many years. My DNP journey at Carlow was very rewarding. I would recommend the program to anyone." - Gale Shalongo, '19
"My experience as a Carlow DNP student was amazing! The entire faculty was very supportive and encouraging! The biggest transformation for me during this program was related to how important it is to perform scholarly work and then share this knowledge with others. As a nursing leader, the Carlow DNP program helped me to develop new leadership skills related to research, global thinking, and the importance of population health. The DNP program has prepared me as a nursing leader to take the next step in my nursing journey wherever that may be." - Heather Rizzo, '19
Now is the time to pursue your DNP
In 2004, the AACN recommended that graduate education in nursing
be advanced to a doctoral level. Consequently, in 2015, an AACN
task force published a white paper reporting on the implementation
of the DNP and recommendations regarding graduate education,
distinguishing the importance of the DNP as a practice-focused
program, rather than a research-focused program. Learn more by
report from the Task Force on the implementation of the
In this unique, 30-credit degree program, students take two to
three courses per term. Six credits (of the 30 required) of
electives will be chosen from a variety of graduate-level courses
which enhance or support the student's area of scholarly
inquiry. Students have the opportunity to meet and collaborate
with faculty and peers in a synchronous format on two Saturdays
throughout the semester. Other coursework is facilitated online. At
the completion of the program, all Carlow DNP scholarly inquiry
projects are archived in a digital repository.
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The DNP Academic Experience
As a DNP student, you will work with faculty, a committee chair, a statistician, and other academic support services to design and conduct a scholarly project. Clinical practice will be completed through immersion in systems leadership.
For more information about coursework, review the full
DNP plan of study and curriculum requirements and the DNP course descriptions, or read on for a sampling of notable
courses from the DNP program.
NU801 Nursing Inquiry and Leadership
This course examines the history of, and major concepts used in,
scientific inquiry. The process of theory development, evaluation,
and testing, as it relates to knowledge development within the
practice of nursing, will be highlighted. The role of leadership in
advancing evidence-based practice in nursing will be underscored.
This is a required course.
NU805 Research Methods and Applied Statistics
This course provides a foundation for interpreting the evidence
in current literature and conceptualizing a scholarly research
project. Students will begin to appreciate the complexities of
qualitative and quantitative research methodologies while gaining
an understanding of how a researcher determines selection of a
particular research method and data analysis techniques. The
analysis and interpretation of data from qualitative and
quantitative research designs will be emphasized. During the
course, students will begin investigation and development of a
research question and write a literature review. Students will
begin to practice under the supervision of faculty chair and a
community expert preceptor. This is a required course.
NU806 Scholarly Inquiry I
This course builds on graduate-level research foundations
knowledge. The systematic collection and evaluation of both
quantitative and qualitative evidence will be highlighted. Students
will use databases and other existing information technologies to
collect and evaluate evidence for practice improvement. During the
course, students will finalize a research question, refine a review
of the literature, and design a study for the implementation and
evaluation of current evidence or for the collection of new
evidence and analysis of the data. Students will develop an IRB
proposal. Students will continue to practice under the supervision
of the faculty chair and a community expert preceptor. This is a
This is just a small
sample of the variety of classes you'll be
taking. For more details about these classes, and more, please
visit the Course Catalog section
of our website or request more
information to hear from an Admissions
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