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Program Goals and Outcomes

Marymount’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to negotiate the health care system as an advanced practice nurse.

Acquired skills include those needed to diagnose and treat client health problems, develop evidence-based practice protocols, develop and utilize databases, and apply epidemiological methods.

Students will endeavor to develop new models of care delivery and to become experts in a specific area of nursing. Further, students will expand their knowledge of health care policy and economics so as to better negotiate and influence the health care delivery system and to advocate for improved care for individuals and aggregates.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to

  • develop new approaches to advanced nursing practice and health care delivery based on scientific knowledge and theories of nursing and other disciplines;
  • demonstrate clinical, organizational, and systems-level leadership through design of innovative models of caring; design methods for evaluating clinical outcomes to direct evidence-based practice for improving health care outcomes;
  • utilize knowledge drawn from epidemiological, statistical, and technological data to implement quality improvement initiatives for practice with individuals, aggregates, or populations;
  • lead interprofessional teams in the analysis of complex practice and organizational issues;
  • demonstrate leadership in health policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal level;
  • demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes;
  • apply ethical analysis when generating policy, research, and practice; and
  • use conceptual and analytical skills in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population, fiscal, and policy issues.