Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a joint program offered by The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing (UACCN), the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing (UABSON), and the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing (UAHCON).
The DNP is practice-focused degree designed to prepare graduates at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. Graduates of the DNP program focus on providing care to populations and communities with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations. Graduates employ abilities and skills in these areas to advocate for reasonable, rational and data driven health regulations, standards, and practices; sustain collaborative and strategic relationships, promote innovative, effective health care programs; and form partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities.
For most students, the post-master’s DNP curriculum is a minimum of 40 credits that includes the development of a practice or leadership focused project. This scholarly project is designed to synthesize scholarship in an advanced practice specialty or an area of health care leadership and serves as a capstone program experience. Students may develop the scholarly project under the direction of program faculty and clinical advisors. All courses in the program are offered in a convenient online format.