Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

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.

With a strong focus on health policy, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies’ Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program aims to prepare students to address the changing needs of health systems through the integration of nursing science with organizational leadership and ethics. The DNP program is taught by highly regarded faculty with backgrounds in academia and working in the field as practitioners.

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

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

DNP Degree Program Features

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

This practice-based doctorate in nursing 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 as a part-time program of study (7 semesters in length).

Highlights of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program include:

  • The ability to pursue Lean Six Sigma
  • High-quality learning experiences rooted in faculty collaboration and interprofessional practice
  • Research and practice expertise across multiple academic departments
  • An innovative DNP Translational Research Project

The DNP Translational Research Project offers nurse leaders the opportunity to translate evidence from original research and accelerate the adoption of best clinical practices. The DNP Translational Research Project is a summative demonstration of an interactive learning process, and the program’s curriculum informs the depth and development of the student’s project as it evolves.

Unique to Georgetown University's DNP program 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 University, principles of ethical leadership permeate the program.

Additional DNP 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 and Advocacy
  • Health Care Issues and the Law
  • Personalized Health Care

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the DNP degree 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.

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