BSN-prepared RNs can now continue their education for advanced practice with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Belmont University School of Nursing. The DNP is a practice doctorate serving as a terminal professional degree for nurses in advanced practice and nursing administration. DNP graduates will be eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification program (AANPCP).
Graduates will attain clinical, organizational and leadership expertise designed to meet the changing demands of the present and future health care system. The program will develop nursing leaders skilled in measurement of patient and population outcomes, education of diverse populations, leadership in health policy development and implementation, translation of evidence into clinical practice, and advocacy for safe and quality care within complex health care delivery systems.
The Belmont DNP meets the professional standards for the practice doctorate (" DNP Essentials") developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The BSN-to-DNP can be completed in three years of full-time study at Belmont's Nashville campus. The BSN-DNP program of study was developed for full time study but a part time option is available. Students interested in this option should consult with the program director.
DNP Information Sessions
See our Admissions page for a schedule of upcoming Information Sessions.