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TAS: Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Program Director:



  • Bev Karas Irwin
  • Melissa Tunc

Current as of June 2022


About the Program

The DNP Program consists of 36 credits focusing on nursing practice. It academically builds on traditional Master’s program coursework and goals and student learning outcomes by providing education in evidence practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.

Program Outcomes

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Outcomes

  1. Knowledge – will be able to integrate and apply knowledge from the sciences with the fields of organizational management, ethics, health policy, and information technology to improve health care outcomes and patient safety for diverse populations.
  2. Evidence-based Research and Practice –  will be able to synthesize and translate scholarly and evidence-based findings to transform nursing practice and drive innovation and organizational decision making and to disseminate innovations in nursing practice and organizational decision making.
  3. Information Management – will be able to apply information systems/technology to improve health and systems- and populations-level outcomes.
  4. Professionalism – will be able to integrates ethical decision making in research, systems evaluation, advanced clinical practice, and organizational decision making and to communicate and collaborate with members of the inter-professional community to assure achievement of healthcare standards, advanced clinical practices, and the quality of healthcare for diverse populations.
  5. Social Advocacy – will be able to lead inter-professional teams in the crafting of health policies and strategies that advance health promotion and disease prevention strategies for diverse groups of individuals, populations, and systems and to demonstrate high levels of skills in health promotion and disease prevention strategies for diverse groups of individuals, populations, and systems.
  6. Leadership – will be able to provide leadership of inter-professional, collaborative teams to improve health outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems and to provide leadership skills in organizational and health systems management to improve the safety and quality of healthcare.
  7. Role Function – will be able to apply organizational and systems thinking that advances the design, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare initiatives to ensure quality outcomes.
Admission Requirements
  • MSN from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Advanced Practice Certification in a specialty 
  • Personal Statement with a focus on Potential Practice Problem
Curriculum of Study
  1. The DNP is a 36-credit degree program.
  2. There is a 1000-hour post-baccalaureate clinical hour requirement.  Each residency course is 135 hours.
  3. To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 higher.