Online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Improve Patient Outcomes and Transform Healthcare

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Transform your passion for change and expand your influence on health outcomes with Sacred Heart University’s Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

The program builds upon master’s nursing education to prepare you for innovative, advanced practice roles in nursing leadership and clinical practice. Develop the advanced nursing knowledge to more effectively influence healthcare at multiple levels.

Designed for academically talented nurses who prefer a doctorate with a connection to clinical practice, this program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE).

Earn nursing’s highest academic degree, delivered in a convenient, online program that is designed for busy, full-time professionals.

Sacred Heart’s flexible, online degrees enable you to balance your personal and professional responsibilities while gaining the skills and insights to create a positive impact for organizations in business, healthcare, education, and more.

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A Practice-Focused Curriculum

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program consists of 14 courses and 39 credit hours. Of these 39 credit hours, 12 will focus on the selection and completion of your post-master’s DNP scholarly project.

Explore the interrelationship between policy, advocacy and ethics on clinical practice, learn to identify key processes involved in optimal patient safety, examine methods for describing disease rates and other vital statistics, and much more.

The DNP curriculum includes a scholarly practice project in which you’ll use your research to improve critical care delivery and patient outcomes.

Courses you may take include:

Leading Quality Initiatives and Information Systems in Health

3 credit hours/30 practice hours

This course will introduce the fundamentals of patient safety and quality improvement (QI) in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis will be placed on the development, implementation, and evaluation/measurement of evidence-based healthcare QI practices. Management of complex system change within the healthcare environment will be reviewed as part of the QI process. Patient safety will be an important concept throughout this course in which key issues will be examined. Information Systems (IS) will also be addressed throughout this course for best application to the QI process along with daily practice needs. This course will allow the learner to identify key processes involved in optimal patient safety, outcomes, and the overall delivery of healthcare services.

Theoretical Components of Nursing Science

3 credit hours/15 practice hours

This course investigates the study of knowledge shared among members of the nursing discipline, the patterns of knowing and knowledge development, criteria for evaluating knowledge claims and the philosophy of science. The nature of theory, theory development in nursing, and significant conceptualizations of nursing are discussed. Through guided search and discussion, you’ll become knowledgeable about the utilization of theory to guide practice.

Health Care Policy, Advocacy and Ethics

3 credit hours/30 practice hours

This course explores the effect of the interrelationship between policy, advocacy, and ethics on clinical practice and health care leadership. The advanced practice nurse’s role in health care policy and planning is examined. An overview of issues in health care policy and planning, including the socio-political and economic context of health and health-seeking behaviors will be provided. Health care policy and planning at the local, state, and federal levels will be considered. Issues in clinical practice will be examined for how legislation and regulations impact care. The course examines the structure and function of legislative and regulatory organizations, governance, public relations, and global health care issues. Broader social issues common to the care of underserved and vulnerable populations will be examined. Ethical dimensions of public policy formulations and implementation will be highlighted.

Scholarship & Advanced Practice I

3 credit hours/30 practice hours

This theory course reviews doctoral level practice scholarship and This course is a role transition seminar and colloquium that assists the student in preparing for expanded roles. The student synthesizes, integrates, and translates knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have been acquired throughout the program. Practice immersion experiences are designed by students based on DNP Essentials competency self-assessment and scholarly interests.

Why Online Learning is Right for You

The advantages of online learning are obvious – you don’t have to pause your career or rearrange your life to earn the degree you need to take your career to the next level. Another key factor is fit – making sure a school feels right to you. Sacred Heart’s Center for Career & Professional Development will welcome you as if you had just walked through the door here in Fairfield. With an exclusive, online recruiting system of 10,000+ employers, one-on-one career counseling, resume workshops, and an active alumni network of more than 35,000, you can rest assured knowing that our campus reaches wherever you are.

Unlock Multiple Opportunities

Facing a rapid expansion of knowledge, increased complexity of patient care and shortages in personnel, leaders who can navigate a changing health care environment will find high demand throughout the industry. Maximize your career opportunities in advanced clinical practice and executive health care leadership with the online Post Masters DNP program.

Average Salaries for Professionals with DNPs

  • Director of Nursing $153,9961
  • Executive VP of Healthcare $157,3562
  • Nurse practitioner $121,0494

You Belong with SHU!

Our mission to prepare students for lives of professional success and personal and spiritual growth excludes no one. And it’s because of that mission and the spirited way we live it that students of different faiths, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds have made SHU the launching pad for their dreams and ambitions.

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