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Pursuing a terminal degree in nursing can expand your career and salary opportunities. A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) provides opportunities for advanced leadership positions while satisfying your intrinsic motivations to continue to impact individual, population, and systems outcomes through innovative and evidence-based practice initiatives. With a DNP in Strategic Leadership degree, you will be prepared to lead the way in navigating complex healthcare environments, educate fellow nurses and advance interprofessional collaboration and the nursing practice.
Spring Arbor University’s online DNP program offers a curriculum founded on the Christian worldview. This unique approach provides an opportunity to expand your nursing knowledge while thoughtfully applying the perspective of Christ for learning to your mission to help patients and improve healthcare. As a student in the DNP online program, you will:
- Deepen your relationship to your field by exploring major issues in contemporary nursing through a lens of spirituality, grace, and critical inquiry.
- Continue working full-time as you complete your educational journey.
- Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7-week courses, 1-week break)
- Have built-in work-life balance—classes always start on Thursday and assignments are never due on Sunday.
- Work one-on-one with faculty throughout your journey and DNP project.
- Complete your clinical hours with 500 hours built into the program curriculum.
- Graduate prepared for unprecedented independence in your practice and look forward to improved career prospects.
SAU is fully-accredited and recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its engaged students, effective teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.
- Application of Christian worldview to faith and science
- Development of the highest advanced nursing care for quality outcomes across the lifespan
- Application of epidemiology related to health conditions in marginalized communities
- Analyze global problems to gain new insight for improved health outcomes
- Develop quality initiatives through strategic planning
- Apply leadership theory and principles to improve quality of care delivery
- CCNE-accredited online program
- Less than 2 years to complete
- 2 start dates per year
- Virtual Residency takes place a week before program begins
- Program includes practicum work and coursework
- 1,000 practicum hours required; 500 practicum hours embedded
- APRNs may apply up to 500 hours of previously completed practicum work to the DNP’s graduation requirements.
- Non-APRN students will earn the remainder of these hours while completing three practicum courses (one credit hour each)
- Open to APRNs and Non-APRNs
- An MSN program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
- A 3.0 GPA is calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits. If your GPA is below 3.0 please include an additional document explaining your GPA
- An unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from the state of employment; license must be kept current throughout the program
- Two letters of recommendation
- Completed application
- Brief goal statement essay and video introduction
- Critically analyze the relationship between healthcare legislation, financial regulation, and strategic planning
- Integrate the Christian worldview to develop healthcare policy and evaluation practices for positive health outcomes
The nursing programs at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),* which ensures students, employers and graduate nursing programs that SAU graduates have received an education that meets CCNE’s rigorous standards.
*The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.