Doctor of Nursing Practice
Today’s rapidly evolving health care industry provides nursing professionals, who have the right education and expertise, with advanced career opportunities and expanded employment options. Take the next steps in your education and advance your nursing career with a DNP degree.
- DNP courses are offered through an enriched online experience to meet the needs of working students - allowing you to further your education while pursuing your nursing career.
- Practica are the only courses that require physical attendance. This typically occurs in a work or clinic environment specific to your area of specialty or role. You can select an organization in your locality to meet your practicum requirements. You also will have residency opportunities, including an international study option allowing you to develop a global perspective on health and patient care.
- We offer optional residency programs to enhance your curriculum. In these optional courses you will have the opportunity to collaborate with classroom peers and faculty in discussions, activities, and advanced coursework.
- Learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, many of whom are currently practicing, presenting original research at major conferences, and publishing books or articles in respected journals.
- Benefit from the knowledge and experience of your peers - nurses from across the country participating together in our online classroom.
All of the didactic courses in the DNP program can be completed entirely online, providing the opportunity for students, including working nurses or administrators, to obtain advanced credentials and expertise while continuing to work. The practica are completed in person at an approved practicum site.
As an online USAHS student, you also can take advantage of a variety of extracurricular activities such as journal clubs, group projects, dynamic discussion groups, campus wellness events, and guest lectures at any of the University’s campus locations. In addition, online courses and learning resources can be accessed 24/7 – providing the flexibility to fit the busy schedules working nurses must manage.
Practica & Service Opportunity
Practica are required in the final terms of the program. Students who enter the DNP program with an MSN degree will complete practica focused on nursing leadership. While preparation for the DNP scholarly project is distributed throughout the curriculum, it is completed during the course titled DNP Practicum III.
All DNP students are eligible to participate in an international service opportunity. This optional experience is offered in the Global Health Issues in Disease Prevention course. The trip will be taken with USAHS students from other degree programs and provides a valuable opportunity to experience interprofessional collaboration in a unique international setting.
The DNP program emphasizes interprofessional education, enabling students from various healthcare professions to learn together and address healthcare issues from multiple perspectives. In the Interprofessional Education (IPE) courses, you will participate in discussions and projects with a team of healthcare professionals including physical therapists, occupational therapists, healthcare administrators, and educators. Through this interprofessional approach, you can contribute and reflect on your experiences and perspective on health care problems and issues, and benefit from the input of other health care professionals enrolled in USAHS programs. Throughout the program, you can develop the necessary skills to be an effective leader, shaping the future of the healthcare industry.
MSN Option for BSN to DNP Students
USAHS understands that sometimes, in spite of the best intentions, circumstances may prevent some students from completing all of the academic requirements needed to obtain the DNP degree. For these students, the USAHS DNP program is designed to allow students to exit at the appropriate point in the program with an MSN degree. In these cases the program director confirms that all academic requirements have been met.