DNP Overview

The Purdue DNP program offers multiple entry points and learning formats to help students meet their career goals. Our hybrid option blends the best of online and campus-based instruction.

The West Lafayette-based DNP hybrid curriculum combines online courses with limited on-campus time. All master's specialties are welcome.

  • Ideal for three types of prospective students: post-baccalaureate RNs, post-master APRNs, and post-master’s non-APRN.
  • The program emphasizes healthcare systems engineering and utilizes interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, hospitals and community leaders, and policymakers.
  • This option is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Evaluate system responses to health, illness, and social determinates of health as a basis for promoting, restoring, and maintaining mental and physical health and preventing illness.
  • Synthesize the advanced knowledge of nursing theories, informatics, healthcare technologies, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry in the care of diverse populations.
  • Design safe, quality, cost-effective nursing interventions based on the knowledge of interrelationships among person, environment, health, and nursing in an ethical and legal manner. 
  • Measure health outcomes to evaluate nursing and health systems in diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate role competence as a doctorally-prepared nurse through professionalism and modeling of self-care in delivering care to individuals, families, and communities, including rural and diverse populations. 
  • Translate research to support evidence-based practice for diverse populations.
  • Advocate for change in the healthcare system through the effective communication, implementation, and evaluation of health policies that strengthen the healthcare delivery system.
  • Apply systems concepts to prevent and solve complex healthcare delivery problems through inter-professional partnerships and communication.




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