Doctor of Nursing Practice
In the tradition of established
excellent and innovative education, the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Wake Forest School of
Medicine prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in practice, management,
business, and education. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is a part-time,
two-year program for registered nurses who want to build on their master’s
degree and advance their leadership and clinical roles. Through this program, you will:
- Examine current, real health care issues impacting your practice.
- Develop the skills necessary
to influence health policy.
- Learn to navigate
political, legal and financial issues impacting your profession.
- Advance your education and
preparation to assume greater leadership and advanced clinical roles.
- Learn to translate
research in practice, evaluate
clinical outcomes and improve the quality of health care delivery.
- Increase your value to
Situated within the School of Medicine, the Wake Forest DNP has unique
opportunities for inter-professional partnerships. You will learn from a
diverse team of DNPs, PhDs, and JDs and take 3 credits of elective online
coursework at the Wake Forest School of Law. Through interactive, engaging
online courses, you will become prepared for a leadership role in practice,
management, business or education.
DNP is designed for nurses
seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice, offering an alternative to
research-focused doctoral programs. The changing demands of the nation’s
healthcare environment require the highest level of nursing knowledge and
practice expertise to assure quality patient care.
- A team of diverse, dedicated faculty and
instructors, including specialists in anesthesia,
pediatrics/neonatal, acute care, geriatric, leadership, hospital administration
online classrooms and coursework.
- A $60 million medical education facility completed in 2016.
- Location in the
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a fast-growing hub of research,
business and education that’s designed for innovation.
- Small online class size that ensures a
cohesive student group and a high degree of faculty engagement and support.
- Graduation from a nationally-recognized
engaging online courses that inspire
Wake Forest School of
Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in creating nursing leaders. The
department that has offered a highly-successful anesthesia program for 75 years
is now offering professional nurses from any background an opportunity to earn
their doctoral degree.
level of interest in the nursing profession for this practice doctorate is
impressive and speaks to the value that master’s-prepared nurses have for
advancing their education with an applied practice focus.” Cathleen
Wheatley, RN, DNP, CENP Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive of
Wake Forest Baptist Health
The program’s objective is to
advance the education and preparation of registered nurses so they can assume
greater leadership and advanced clinical roles that will translate evidence
into practice, evaluate clinical outcomes and improve models of health care
DNP graduates will:
- Apply scientific principles in the provision of advanced practice
nursing to promote the health of individuals, communities and populations.
- Translate scientific evidence into practice and policy to promote
ethically sound, high-quality, cost-effective patient-centered care.
- Employ strategic leadership in inter-professional teams within
organizations and health care systems.
- Evaluate and use data analytic methods, information systems and
technology to improve clinical outcomes.
- Apply legal, financial and regulatory principles to advocate for
change in health care policy.
- Disseminate scholarly work.
The DNP Program is accredited
by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
(SACSCOC). Wake Forest University is accredited by SACSCOC to award
baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on
Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call
404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University.