Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Career & Professional Opportunities

son_dnp_dnp_nurse2Upon completion of the Fairfield University DNP program, graduates will possess the following competencies:

  • Independently provide culturally sensitive and evidence-based care to individuals and populations in a defined area of advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate critical thinking at the highest level of practice and accountability in the management of healthcare systems, considering ethical, legal, and socially just patient-centered care
  • Translate research into practice through critique of existing evidence, evaluation of outcomes, and implementation of projects that contribute to the development of best practices
  • Integrate science and theory from nursing and related disciplines within a reflective practice framework to inform clinical judgments, resolve dilemmas in healthcare, and serve as a patient care advocate
  • Evaluate patient, population, and healthcare system outcomes using fiscal analysis and cost-effective strategies to achieve quality improvement
  • Analyze the use of healthcare information systems and patient care technology to assure high quality healthcare outcomes
  • Lead collaborative interdisciplinary relationships and partnerships to transform healthcare delivery systems and improve health
  • Assume a leadership role in the analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation of policies to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes at the local, regional, national, and international levels

DNP graduates will be prepared to be practice leaders in a variety of roles, including:

  • Quality management executives in healthcare organizations
  • Advance practice caregivers in acute, community, and long-term care settings
  • Directors of clinical programs
  • Faculty responsible for clinical program delivery and teaching