DNP-Post Baccalaureate Entry


College of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice


Center City, Dixon




4 - 6 Years

For students who have completed their BSN, we offer a track that leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). In this program, once students have completed the The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (AACN, 2021), the Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is conferred. Students are then academically eligible to achieve national certification prior to continuation with DNP courses. 

The DNP-Post Baccalaureate Entry program can be completed in a minimum of four years up to a maximum of six years.

DNP Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences into the conceptual foundation of advanced nursing practice at the doctoral level. (Essential I)
  • Employ organizational and systems-level leadership principles in the development and evaluation of care delivery approaches that meet the current and future needs of communities and populations. (Essential II)
  • Design, direct and evaluate scholarly inquiries that incorporate evidence appraisal, research translation, and standards of care to improve practice and the practice environment. (Essential III)
  • Analyze ethical and legal issues in the use of information, information technology, communication networks, and patient care technologies used to support safe, high-quality patient care. (Essentials II, IV)
  • Influence policy makers through active participation on committees, boards, or task forces at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and/or international levels to improve health care delivery and outcomes. (Essential V)
  • Integrate skills of effective communication, collaboration, shared decision-making, and leadership with interprofessional teams to create change in health care. (Essential VI)

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