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DNP Program


Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Taking the steps toward becoming a Doctor of Nursing Practice helps propel you to your highest potential. The University of Mississippi School of Nursing is here to take that step with you.

Whether you are a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator or staff development professional, the DNP program at UMMC is the right choice for you. The DNP program is also the perfect choice for nurses with a background in public or community health. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program's emphasis is on health care delivery - and the health care delivery system as a whole - as well as the clinical populations served. The DNP degree will advance your application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care to diverse populations.

One degree, multiple entry points

  • Post-baccalaureate - The BSN-DNP option is designed to help baccalaureate-prepared RNs achieve the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree seamlessly and expeditiously. This entry point is the right choice for RNs seeking professional advancement and growth by bypassing the master's degree and instead obtaining a DNP. This post-baccalaureate entry point also gives students four areas of emphasis from which to choose: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing and Health Care Administrator and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Post-master's - If you are an advanced practice nurse or administrator with a master's degree in nursing, and you wish to obtain the highest level of professional and educational advancement, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing is the right choice for you. A practiced-focused doctoral program, the DNP program prepares experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. The DNP program focuses heavily on practice that is innovative and evidence based, reflecting the application of credible research findings.

Nursing Education and Instruction Concentration

The UMMC School of Nursing offers a concentration in Nursing Education and Instruction (NEI) for graduate level programs/tracks, with the exception of the Nurse Educator track. The NEI concentration is a pathway that combines learning theory and evaluation with teaching strategies. This concentration could be used for those who work in nursing staff development or who may want to enable preparation for a faculty role in the future. You will be introduced to concepts in nursing curriculum and evaluation, education, simulation, informatics and scholarship. The DNP with a concentration in Nursing Education and Instruction plans of study comprise these additional courses.

Nursing Education and Instruction Concentration
CourseNameCredit Hours
N 613Foundations of Nurse Educator Role and Teaching Methods3
N 616-1Curriculum and Program Development and Evaluation3
N 613-1Simulation in Nursing Education1
N 615-1Educational Technology and Health Care Informatics3

Those pursuing a degree with a concentration in NEI may qualify for NFLP funds.