Visioning the Practice of Nursing for the Future

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) represents an important advancement in the evolution of the nursing profession.  In October 2004, member institutions of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, calling for moving the current level of preparation for advanced specialty nursing practice from the master’s degree level to the doctoral level by the year 2015.  In response to this initiative, universities across the country have begun to develop DNP programs. The University of Miami proudly leads their ranks with its DNP program offered at the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The University of Miami’s DNP program prepares nurses for the most advanced level of nursing practice.  Our DNP curriculum features a one-year, full-time and a two-year, part time plan of study composed of 38 credits (12 classes) with a unique focus on health disparities.  The plan of study is predetermined and lock-step; each cohort starts the program together and finishes together.  We believe that the cohort group experience is important for working professionals returning to academia, and it is a critical factor in completing our DNP program. 

Classes are offered in an executive-education format on one long weekend per month for 12-24 consecutive months dependent on the plan of study.  A long weekend is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Online components and practical experiences are assigned between classes.  Students are encouraged to remain in the workforce, applying the knowledge and skills they acquire in the classroom in their practice environment

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