The PhD program prepares an exclusive cadre of nurse scientists capable of developing the new knowledge necessary to support and advance nursing practice. The program is predicated on a strong foundation of clinical expertise framed by a nursing perspective.
The DNP program has been designed with a focus on advanced practice and leadership roles, with a particular emphasis on translational techniques for evidence-based practice. The DNP offers a clinically focused curriculum to prepare expert clinicians and has been structured to award a professional degree.
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