Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Today's health care environment is complex and needs systems-level thinkers and leaders to manage critical issues such as patient safety, performance improvement and quality of care, and assessing the health needs of surrounding communities.

Georgetown's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, with a strong focus on health policy and taught by highly regarded faculty with backgrounds in academe and as practitioners, aims to prepare students to address the changing needs of health systems through the integration of nursing science with organizational leadership and ethics. 

The program is set up to accommodate students from across the country who are practicing clinicians.

Apply Now

Applications are now open for fall 2017. You can access the application here.

Program Features

The DNP-prepared nurse utilizes research evidence to design, implement, manage and evaluate systems of care.

This practice-based program is intended for nurses who hold a master’s degree in an advanced nursing specialty area and have extensive clinical experience. Consisting of 38 credit hours, the DNP program is offered in a part-time program of study (7 semesters in length).

Highlights of the DNP program include:

  • Ability to pursue Lean Six Sigma; 
  • High-quality learner experiences rooted in faculty collaboration and interprofessional practice;
  • Research and practice expertise across multiple academic departments; and
  • Innovative DNP Translational Research Project.

The DNP Translational Research Project allows the nurse leader to translate evidence from original research and accelerate the adoption of best clinical practices. The DNP Project is a summative demonstration of an interactive learning process, and the flexible curriculum informs the depth and development of the DNP Project as it evolves.

Unique to the Georgetown's DNP is the incorporation of courses taught by the Department of Health Systems Administration on Quality and Performance Measurement, Information Systems and Health Care Economics. As with all programs at Georgetown, principles of ethical leadership permeate the program.

Additional Course Topics

  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Reflective Leadership and Ethics in Health Care Systems
  • Communication and Collaboration in Health Care Systems
  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Health Care Policy & Advocacy
  • Health Care Issues and the Law
  • Personalized Health Care

Terminal Objectives

Upon completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Assume leadership positions at the systems level, having integrated nursing science with organizational leadership and ethics.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement projects in health care systems.
  3. Utilize clinical scholarship to implement evidence-based practice at the population health level.
  4. Synthesize health care informatics and patient care technologies to effect improvements in health care delivery and patient safety.
  5. Employ effective communication and collaboration skills to identify and implement best practices in health care delivery.

More Information


The next virtual information session will be held on November 30, 2016 at 12 noon EST.

fall 2017 DEADLINE:
January 15, 2017

The Fall 2017 application can be accessed here.

Click to Apply