At SVSU, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree will prepare registered nurses with their BSN to practice after certification and licensure as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). It will also serve as an advanced degree for existing family nurse practitioners to prepare them to practice in a complex health care system.
In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) voted to move the current level of preparation necessary for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners, from the master’s degree to the doctorate-level by the year 2015.
As a result, SVSU developed the DNP curricula to build upon the traditional master’s program by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas.
The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.
The DNP program was designed in accordance with national standards and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nurses and the competencies identified by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Further consideration for development of the program included current and projected regional, state, and national needs for increased numbers of primary care providers.