DNP Program Outcomes


Consistent with the SoNHS mission to prepare the nursing workforce as leaders in improving health outcomes through inter-professional practice, research, and education, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program will prepare nursing leaders, scientists, and practice experts for fully accountable, inter-professional practice with patients across diverse healthcare environments.

Student learning outcomes

Graduates of the DNP program will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize research-based evidence to create, implement, evaluate, and translate into practice
  • Serve as leaders in nursing and health care by effecting organizational and/or public policy development
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge, values, and skills to improve health outcomes in a specialized area and/or population foci of nursing
  • Demonstrate expertise in increasingly complex practice, leadership, and/or faculty roles

DNP Essentials

The following SoNHS DNP competencies are taken from The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice 2006, which are available to download. The AACN DNP Essentials constitute the foundation of the program and are threaded throughout all courses. At the end of the coursework each DNP competency will be addressed, guided by the curricular content and course objectives.

SoNHS DNP Competencies

  • Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
  • Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-based Practice
  • Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
  • Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
  • Advanced Nursing Practice