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Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Doctorate

About this Program

Preparing nurse leaders at the highest level of nursing practice.

Program Overview

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for current MSN holders who are seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. With a focus on systems leadership, our program will advance your knowledge, skill and ability to serve as an agent of change in complex healthcare environments.

The 39-credit DNP program combines clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills which are necessary to improve health outcomes and translate research into practice. You will complete coursework in evidence-based practice and research methods, healthcare finance and business management, population health and epidemiology, healthcare policy, politics and advocacy, and more. You will also participate in a seminar and practicum as well as a three-phase capstone project that reflects your personal and professional goals.

Courses are offered fully online for added flexibility.

The DNP program will begin accepting applications in 2025. For more information, please contact the Graduate School admission staff at gofurther@hood.edu.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates will be prepared to:      

  1. Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on nursing theories and theories from other disciplines.
  2. Develop and critically evaluate care delivery systems to meet current and future needs of clients and populations based on scientific findings as well as ethics, organizational, political and economic sciences.
  3. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability to improve desired outcomes in populations served.
  4. Utilize evidence-based practice strategies to design and implement processes and practices to improve practice and the practice environment.
  5. Design, select and use information systems/technology to evaluate outcomes of care and care systems, including decision supports, finance tools and intervention tools to improve patient care.
  6. Provide leadership to engage proactively in the development and implementation of health policy at all levels through interfacing with practice, research and policy.
  7. Advocate for the nursing profession and social justice, equity and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  8. Provide effective organizational and system leadership with intra-professional and interprofessional teams to create change in healthcare and complex healthcare delivery systems.
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
NUR 600Population Health and Epidemiology in Advanced Practice3
NUR 601Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods in Healthcare3
NUR 602Nursing Theory and Translation Science3
NUR 603Information Technology, Data and Innovation in Healthcare3
NUR 604Healthcare Finance and Business Management3
NUR 605Healthcare Policy, Politics and Advocacy3
NUR 606Healthcare Organizational and Systems Leadership for Advanced Practice3
NUR 607Seminar and Practicum in Leading Strategic Change and Transformation3
NUR 697ADNP Project I: Plan2
NUR 697BDNP Project II: Proposal3
NUR697CDNP Project III: Leadership Immersion4
 Total Credits39

Program Contact

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Nursing Department Chair and Program Director


Assistant Director of Graduate Admission & Data Management

Jennifer Cooper

Graduate Faculty Focus | Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN

Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CNE Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

“My bachelor’s program for nursing was in a small liberal arts college. I enjoyed the small, communal environment and wanted to continue experiencing that as an educator. I also appreciated the College’s history with the Frederick community and reputation for mentoring students.”

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