Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is a terminal degree program that paves the way for BSN graduates to seamlessly complete advance nursing practice clinical coursework and DNP requirements in one combined effort. The program of study emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and improve clinical environments; healthcare organizations and systems; translate evidence gained through nursing research to support improved practice; and meaningful use of clinical data to measure outcomes of patient groups, populations, and communities.
Designed for Working RNs
This program – one of the few post baccalaureate nursing degree to DNP Programs of its kind offered in Pennsylvania - offers evening courses in a distance-friendly online blended format. Additional on-campus intensive course offerings (weekend residency) are offered for several doctoral level courses.
Students will gain clinical experience and develop critical thinking skills by working with nurse practitioner preceptors in the Reading, Lancaster, and Berks County region.
Post Baccalaureate Tracks
Post Baccalaureate nurses can choose from two Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tracks of study:
Students enrolled in either of these tracks must complete Clinical Leadership related courses.
Employment opportunities for graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program include a variety of clinical practice settings such as private physician office/practice, community clinics, retail clinics, school or college health service. DNPs may also be involved in nursing education in both clinical and classroom. DNPs also may be employed in healthcare administrative roles.
Alvernia DNP graduates will work as nurse practitioners in a clinical specialty arena and evolve in their skills and knowledge to translate evidence-based practice and effectively improve systems of care for individuals, families, and communities. As a DNP, graduates may have a range of career opportunities to combine clinical practice, nursing education, administration, research, and health policy to impact healthcare at the local, regional, national, and global level.
What Can I Expect From This Program?
After completing Alvernia’s DNP Program, students will:
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at a Glance
Our vision is that DNP graduates act as ethical leaders with moral courage to promote healthcare equity; increase access to quality health care; provide service to the community; translate research to improve healthcare for diverse populations; and serve as local, regional, state, national, and international change agents for future nursing practice and health policy advocacy.