Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Preparing practice scholars to become leaders in bringing evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice, improving health care outcomes and strengthening nursing management and education.

Are you ready to become a key player in today’s complex health care environment? Does a scholarly role that translates evidence-based knowledge into practice and care delivery interest you? Vanderbilt’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been built upon our internationally recognized advanced practice nursing programs. With a Vanderbilt DNP degree, you will use nursing and other scientific findings to design programs of care delivery that are locally acceptable, economically feasible and have significant impact on health care outcomes.

We offer three ways to enter the program. If you are starting with: Systems Focus Option

The Vanderbilt School of Nursing DNP experience offers:

  • Practice integration tailored to each student’s scholarly interests
  • Health care agencies/organizations who are practice partners and support applying knowledge and skills from coursework to their practice settings.
  • Actively practicing faculty who will mentor you in evidence-based knowledge.
  • Learning built upon Vanderbilt’s 100-year history of leadership and excellence in nursing teaching, practice and research.

DNP Program Objectives

Central to the DNP curriculum is the application of evidence-based practice methods within practice settings throughout the program of study. Evidence-based practice is classically defined as the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values to facilitate clinical decision making. The terminal objectives of the DNP program are to produce a practice scholar who will be able to:

  1. Assess, analyze, evaluate, and manage complex health environments serving diverse populations to improve patient and population health outcomes;
  2. Apply clinical scholarship and available evidence to make clinical and system decisions that reflect professional values and ethical standards;
  3. Develop, test, and disseminate standards of care, clinical practice models and health policy using informatics, organizational and systems leadership skills;
  4. Advocate for clinical prevention, population health initiatives and evidence-based health policy through collaboration with other professionals and stakeholders.

Our DNP program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and meets recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.