Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Lead the way for positive change in health care.

Nurse leaders play a significant role in building and sustaining a healthy work environment within our country's health care organizations. As our health care system continues to evolve, the need has increased for nursing professionals who are capable of providing holistic health care for a diverse group of people and communities.

Quinnipiac University's online post-master's doctor of nursing practice degree prepares you to meet those needs while taking your nursing expertise to the next level. Take a more advanced approach to clinical reasoning and health care best practices. Learn how to design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives. One of the most important skills you can gain from this program is the ability to both initiate and partake in effective inter-professional collaboration.

Application Deadline: August 19
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Curriculum Overview

The Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice is a minimum 30 credit program. You may elect to take additional credits to further align with your career goals or meet minimum financial aid requirements if desired. The core of the program explores skills and strategies to improve patient safety, effectively manage data, reduce service costs and more. You will then have the opportunity to explore specialized coursework in nursing leadership or population management before immersing yourself in a hands-on project at a location of your choice.

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The objectives of the DNP program are designed to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
  3. Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
  4. Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
  5. Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
  6. Demonstrate leadership through inter-professional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  8. Provide competent, culturally sensitive, and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.

Our expert faculty is made up of insightful scholars and experienced professionals who use a student-centered approach to teaching to provide more enriching educational experiences. Graduates are equipped to provide quality care for diverse individuals, families, communities and populations in a wide range of settings.

Located within the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing features a pediatric lab and a model apartment to teach students how to provide care in residential settings, in addition to traditional classrooms and seminar rooms. The 325,000-square-foot building is uniquely designed for collaborative learning among medical, nursing and health sciences students and faculty.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The bachelor’s degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the doctor of nursing practice program at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.

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