Welcome to the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. Our DNP program is a practice-focused doctoral program designed to prepare Post-Master’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and nurse administrators to lead innovation in nursing practice and healthcare. This fully CCNE-accredited program enjoys a 100% completion rate.
The goal of the DNP program is to prepare APRNs, including Nurse Practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives, and nurse administrators with advanced knowledge in evidence-based practice, organizational leadership, and financial acumen to lead innovation in nursing practice and healthcare. The complex issues and changing landscape of healthcare have created a need for nurse leaders to respond effectively and implement solutions with interdisciplinary teams or independently in order to achieve positive healthcare outcomes for individuals and populations.
What do alumni say?
MSN and DNP alumni rate programs with top scores
College of Nursing DNP alumni from 2014 and 2015 were surveyed on key satisfaction measures relating to their respective programs through Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI). EBI is a national standardized survey that is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to be an important program outcome measure. The program earned high scores.
The DNP program scored highly in the realms of overall program effectiveness, learning and satisfaction and, like the MSN program, exceeded the scores of its well-known, six peer institutions from across the country. The Villanova DNP alumni ranked this program higher than peer alumni did for their respective programs in learning and satisfaction areas including: importance of and enhancement of learning outcomes; interactions, networking and educational activities contributing to practice; and provision of necessary skills and knowledge and promotion of a successful career.