What you’ll learn
Your DNP program will include the following classes, exams and practical training.
You’ll get into the more academic side of nursing, with courses including research, statistics and data analysis, history and philosophy. The details of your studies will depend on the doctoral nursing degree you choose to pursue.
To prepare you for an executive position, the practical part of your DNP degree will be clinical leadership in a healthcare facility.
What you’ll do
You’ll be ready to step into executive and leadership roles in a healthcare facility, teach at university level or go into research.
Your qualifications as a Doctor of Nursing will allow you to pick and choose from many interesting positions, including Nurse Educator in a lab, Health Policy Nurse for the government, Nurse Educator at university level and Nurse Executive.
Heading up a hospital, lab, faculty or another healthcare management position is a natural progression for nurses with a doctoral degree. You’ll play an important role in helping improve the healthcare system.
Where you’ll work
- Research labs
- Government labs
- Healthcare organizations
- Magnet hospitals
- Doctor's offices
How to get ahead
One of the best parts of being a nurse is you never have to stop learning. You have the option of studying further after your doctoral degree.
You can continue your education by pursuing additional research, training or teaching. Most postdoc students work closely with a mentor who supports them and helps them achieve their goals.
Health Policy Nurse (HPN) at a GlanceAs a Health Policy Nurse (HPN), your role is to aid in the research, creation and enforcement of health policies. Whether it’s new legislation surrounding healthcare accessibility, protective laws for patients and doctors, or communicating with government officials about societal health needs, HPNs are heavily relied upon advocates within the world of healthcare.