Areas of Study

Six (6) DNP areas of study are available for students to select from.

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Gerontology 

Students who pursue the Clinical Nurse Specialist area of study will be prepared as expert clinicians in a specialized area of nursing practice (Adult-Gerontology). In addition to providing direct patient care, Clinical Nurse Specialists influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staff and by implementing evidence based practice initiatives to support improvements in health care delivery systems.



Family Nurse Practitioner

Students who pursue the Family Nurse Practitioner area of study will be prepared as primary care nurse clinicians providing comprehensive healthcare from birth through older adulthood. Family Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat common acute episodic health problems, manage chronic diseases, provide health education to individuals and families with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention.



Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Students who pursue the Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner area of study will deliver evidence based advanced primary mental health care to individuals of all ages including children, adolescents and their families in a variety of healthcare settings. FPMHNPs engage in independent and interdependent decision making, manage psychotropic medications, and deliver psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational interventions.



Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Students who pursue the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner area of study will be prepared as primary pediatric nurse clinicians providing comprehensive healthcare from birth through young adulthood by assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation of care. Special emphasis is placed on the knowledge, skills, and expertise to emphasize health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and management in coping with chronic illness among children.



Nursing Leadership & Innovations in Health Care

Students who pursue the Nursing Leadership and Innovations in Health Care emphasis area will be prepared to take on roles as advanced nursing leaders, impact systems by providing quality outcomes and the ability to lead change within the clinical, political or academic environments.

The Nursing Leadership and Innovations in Health Care emphasis area will prepare the learner to discover innovative technologies and techniques to improve the delivery of care as well as use innovative concepts and pursue entrepreneurial endeavors to enhance health care.





Dual Emphasis Area Option

Students enrolled in the DNP program may also choose to apply for dual emphasis among the APRN program offerings. Students can incorporate an additional 11.5-21.5 hours of coursework (depending upon the specific emphasis areas), which would allow them to apply for dual certifications post-graduation.

Dual emphasis enrollment is an attractive option students who want to apply for jobs in the acute and primary care setting or who want to broaden their range of eligible positions upon graduation. Please note only two dual emphasis areas may be combined/awarded.

Process for Dual Emphasis Area
  • Identify your dual emphasis areas when applying to program or current students can complete the change of program form to indicate the addition.
  • Students must work with their faculty academic advisor to develop a plan of study.
  • The number of credit hours will depend on what emphasis areas are chosen. Specific credit hours and clinical hours for each emphasis area will be required in order to meet certification and graduation requirements. Credit hours vary depending upon emphasis area and 510-600 clinical hours are required per emphasis area.