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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduates of this program will be prepared as nurse executives. Based on this preparation, graduates would be most likely to serve in positions titled VP of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Education and Training, Director of Quality Initiatives, Service Line Director, Product Line Director, Director of Organizational Development, Chief Learning Officer, or Clinical Services Director.

Graduates of a DNP program will develop sophisticated skills in the following areas:

  • Leadership of teams and organizations
  • Strategic planning and resource utilization
  • Critical evaluation and application of current research and best practice protocols
  • Team building and interprofessional collaboration
  • Measurement and analysis of healthcare outcomes
  • Development and management of quality improvement initiatives
  • Quantitative data management
  • Information management and utilization in decision-making


  • Carol Patton, DR.P.H., FNP-BC, CNE, Healthcare Informatics Certificate, Parish Nursing

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