Augusta University College of Nursing was the first in the state to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. This innovative degree option educates advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles.
The DNP (no concentration) track is offered for nurses with a Master in Nursing who have a national advanced practice certification as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse executive [i.e., Nurse Executive-Advanced (NEA-BC) or Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)].
This doctoral-level education provides nurses the clinical and management expertise to improve health care outcomes, making them expert collaborators in solving health care problems in systems.
Course of Study
The DNP program integrates didactic and clinical instruction reinforced by clinical and lab experiences.
The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care environment.
Students complete more than 1000 hours of clinical and simulated experiences which emphasize essential competencies to address the health care needs of patients and their families.
Study is rounded out by a practice-improvement project that integrates DNP Essentials in a practice setting.