DNP - Completion (DNP)
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Robert Morris University's D.N.P. degree program is clinically oriented, preparing graduates to employ clinical reasoning at the highest level of nursing practice to plan and implement patient care. Nurses completing the program will have a strong practice-oriented preparation with the ability to work within teams of health professionals, care for diverse populations, and lead other health care providers in providing safe, high-quality health care.
RMU's D.N.P. curriculum emphasizes teamwork and team building among health care practitioners, including physicians, social workers, pharmacists and others. In designing the program, RMU incorporated all five of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) recommendations regarding the future of health professions education: patient-centered care, interdisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and better use of informatics.
For advanced practice nurses who already have a master's degree, the D.N.P. Completion Program combines an appealing format with specially targeted content to provide the perfect extension of knowledge and abilities. The coursework moves students to the next level of their careers, incorporating a broader knowledge of health care in today's complex market.Program Options
Two program options are offered:
DNP Completion Program and Curriculum - For advanced practice nurses with master's degrees
B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program and Curriculum - For registered nurses with bachelor's degrees interested in nurse practitioner preparation
The objectives of the D.N.P. program are to prepare advanced practice nurses who:
Judy Kaufmann, Dr.P.H., CRNP, joined RMU in June 2007 as the D.N.P. program director after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh since 1995. As director, she oversees recruitment, administration and curriculum development, and also teaches. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner across the lifespan, with specialized experience in women's health, orthopedics and internal medicine. She holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.
With the projected need for additional health care providers, nurses with advanced practice degrees will be in high demand. Projections indicate a strong future demand for nurse practitioners for several reasons. First, there is a shortage of nurse practitioners both nationally and in Pennsylvania. Second, advanced practice nurses help to meet the health care needs of our populations. Third, advanced practice nurses are important members of existing and emerging health care teams.
Earning the D.N.P. can translate into higher salaries for nurse practitioners. According to the 2005 National Salary Survey of Nurse Practitioners, nurse practitioners with doctoral degrees earned an average annual salary of $81,440 - about $6,500 more than master's-prepared nurse practitioners ($74,777).
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Contact our Graduate Admissions Office at 412-397-5219 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our website at www.rmu.edu, where you can submit your application for admission free of charge online.