Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program prepares nurses to be systems-level leaders in complex health care environments, integrating nursing science with organizational leadership and ethics.

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).

Program Features

Highlights of the DNP program include:

  • 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


When informational Webinars about the DNP Program are scheduled, they will be listed on this calendar. Please visit the site to learn more, including how to register.