Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Online Nursing Degree



A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Concordia University prepares nurses with the leadership skills necessary for the highest level of practice.  Our focus on the professional and spiritual challenges faced in the nursing profession gives us a unique approach to education, producing some of the best leaders in the industry.
To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, our DNP program is centered on an inclusive and supportive cohort class strategy. The Program can be completed in 18 months. Courses integrate elements to meet the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Students complete residency hours in areas of their choice to develop and hone leadership and practice skills.

Area of Study Nursing
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“Concordia's program has provided me with excellent insight into leading others.” - Jayme Martin
CUW Online student

Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to put nursing education, leadership principles, and scientific background into practice to improve care quality and patient safety
  • Skilled in communicating and collaborating in an inter-professional health-care environment
  • Experienced in using informatics and health-care technologies to improve patient care
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health-care policy and ability to advocate for quality health care for all citizens
  • Knowledge of clinical prevention and population health at the individual and group/aggregate/population levels
  • Advanced professionalism and professional values
  • Skills to perform at the highest level nursing practice reflective of the educational preparation

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Director of Health Services
  • Nurse Educator
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of Nursing Research

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DNP Indirect-Care Leadership Track

38 Credit

Biostatistics/Epidemiology (DNP 903) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Biostatistics/Epidemiology explores the use of epidemiological methods to study the effects of environmental exposures in human health and disease outbreaks . In addition it will emphasize analytical studies, quantitative measures of association and critical readings of current literature. The basics of descriptive and inferential statistics will be introduced in this course as well.
Evidence Based Practice (DNP 915) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Practice introduces concepts associated with evidence-based nursing practice theories and models . Strategies for creating a culture of evidence based practice; both for individuals and systems will be discussed. Proposed evidence-based practice changes are based on an understanding of the cultural, financial, and legal and human resource needs of the health care environment. The goal of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume a leadership role in transforming healthcare and educational environments.
Translational Evidence Based Project I (DNP 940) - Credits: 4

Course Description

In this course, students build upon prior coursework to develop the foundation for the translational evidence based project (TEP). This includes: (a) further articulation of the evidence for practice change, (b) developing and refining the methodology for the practice change in collaboration with a faculty chairperson and site mentor, (c) seeking support for the practice change, and (d) securing appropriate personal, university, and site approvals for implementing the change. Students complete practicum hours in relation to the TEP activities for the planned change.
Health Care Informatics (DNP 921) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Health care informatics examines the student's abilities to use information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems, and provide leadership within healthcare systems and/or academic settings . The student is exposed to informatics concepts, design, selection, and use of information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems. Information systems/technology provides a mechanism to apply budget and productivity tools, practice information systems and decision supports, and web-based learning or intervention tools to support and improve patient care.
Economics and Public Policy of Health Care (MBA 620/920) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Economics and Public Policy of Health Care involves the economic analysis of current health care issues that lead to policy formation. Students will apply traditional economic concepts, such as demand, supply, production and investment, to analyze the health care sector of the economy and health policies. The course will include study of the influences on demand for health care, supply of health care, trends in managed care and rationale for government intervention including Medicare, Medicaid, and price regulation. International comparison and general considerations to guide health policy as well as ethical implications of policy decisions are included. Issues will be framed within a historical perspective with the intent of teaching students how to conceptualize and deal with future issues.
Ethics and Leadership in Health Care (MBA 930) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Ethics Leadership in Health Care will examine and evaluate leadership theories and develop leadership skills and abilities as they relate to the field of health care. Emphasis will be placed on motivation and leadership concepts in various organizational situations.
Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MBA 580/880) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to increase one's effectiveness and skill in analyzing and understanding organizations and their attendant processes. Behavioral science concepts and theories are studied. Individual, group, and structural behavior and concepts are presented. A special emphasis on leadership is provided. Undergraduate management prerequisite required. 3 credits.
Clinical Residency (DNP 930) - Credits: 8

Course Description

The clinical residency courses are designed to build upon the student's previous clinical experience to acquire more advanced clinical decision making expertise for undifferentiated patient populations. The student in consultation with a faculty member will individually design their clinical residency experience. The knowledge and data gained from these courses will be used in the development of the final scholarly project.
Managerial Communication: Practices and Principles (MMC 520/820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Managerial Communication: Practices and Principles examines major approaches to management, focusing on theories of employee motivation, morale, resource management, communication networks, upward and downward messages, and superior-subordinate relationships. Diagnostic instruments are utilized in analyses and evaluation of managerial communication, identifying strengths and limitations. Focus is on setting behavioral goals for improving communication skills.
Translational Evidence Based Project II (DNP 941) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Projects should be related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefit a group, population, or community rather than an individual patient. Topics arise from clinical practice, may be done in partnership with another entity: clinical agency, school, health department, church, government, voluntary organization or community group. Addresses identified needs of the group, population, or community. Literature review suggests needs and evidence to support the project. A systematic approach is used and data are collected using methods and tools that meet accepted standards. Expected outcomes are defined and measured (quality improvement, cost savings). Conducted according to ethical principles. Dissemination modes are professional or public (peer review is included).

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