The pinnacle of nursing practice

FPB created the practice doctorate more than 30 years ago to allow nurses to build upon their clinical expertise and expand their education in doctoral-level leadership and research. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is now recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing.

DNP Students
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You've Come a Long Way

As a nurse, you’ve gotten a taste of the limitless opportunities your profession can provide you, and you’ve already made an immeasurable impact on a number of lives. Now that you’ve accomplished so much, it’s time to move on to the culmination of your academic and professional career: attaining your doctorate in nursing practice.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) has established a legacy of nursing education that is recognized around the world. As the first nursing school in the nation to offer a practice doctorate, FPB continues to pioneer the development of the future of nursing in the 21st century with the DNP.

Nurses with a DNP can move to the absolute pinnacle of their field; those with practice doctorates are the most highly educated and qualified practitioners in their profession. These DNP-prepared nurses apply their education and expertise in leadership roles on the front lines of nursing, in clinical practice, teaching and research, and in health policy design and development.

Highlights of the Post-Master's DNP Program

  • DNP students also choose one of two elective sequences that expand the focus of their leadership: practice leadership and educational leadership