Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


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USF’s practice-oriented doctorate will prepare you to lead and serve in a critically-important area of today’s health care system: Population Health. As such, you will acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience to enhance clinical outcomes, promote public health, and manage a variety of healthcare programs.

For those who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree, completing the part-time program can be accomplished in 24 months. The structure of the low-residency program allows the student to maintain their current nursing position, while preparing for an advanced position.

Mission of the Department of Nursing

Rooted in Franciscan Values, faculty engage a diverse community of learners to serve society holistically as compassionate, professional nurse leaders.

DNP Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate Franciscan principles and holistic, evidenced-based nursing care into advanced practice nursing appropriate to area of specialization.
  2. Synthesize current and emerging science and theories from nursing and other disciplines in the application and evaluation of advanced nursing practice to benefit individuals across the lifespan, aggregates, communities, and health care systems.
  3. Serve in an advanced leadership role to transform nursing practice in complex systems considering cultural, political, organizational and economic implications.
  4. Improve patient and population health outcomes by cultivating interprofessional networks that support mentorship, knowledge development, shared decision-making and professional growth.
  5. Analyze health policy initiatives that improve cost-effective healthcare delivery, advocate for vulnerable patient populations, and promote nursing practice.
  6. Utilize information and technology to manage knowledge, mitigate error, collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, and improve patient and population health outcomes local to global.
  7. Promote the translation of research in nursing practice through continuous scholarship and disseminate research evidence that improves health outcomes in a variety of populations, clinical settings, and systems.

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