Doctor of Nursing Practice (Online)

Improve patient outcomes and become a nurse leader with an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Rivier University. This clinically focused degree will help you advance to the highest level of nursing practice.

Why Earn Your DNP at Rivier?

Due to changes in healthcare delivery and recent reforms, more Americans have access to healthcare, exacerbating the shortage of primary care providers. Nursing leaders are needed to not only help meet the demand for doctors and nurses but to advocate for change to improve the healthcare environment. Graduates of the DNP program will be prepared to lead interdisciplinary healthcare teams and improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality, and safety.

Students in the program learn how to conduct complex diagnostic and treatment modalities, utilize informatics to enhance clinical decision-making and critically evaluate scholarly research. Through online courses and field practicums, the program emphasizes (1) direct care of individual patients, (2) care of patient populations, including community health nursing, and (3) practice that supports patient care.

Advance Your Career and Education

Designed for working professionals, this program allows students to pursue their doctorates while continuing in their current positions, affording them the opportunity to apply what they learn as they work through the program.

The DNP provides flexible courses and guidance from nursing leaders who hold a variety of doctoral degrees, including research-driven and clinically-focused clinicians who are actively engaged in clinical practice to improve patient outcomes. In addition, this program offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a required practicum.

Flexible Format

Multiple term starts and competitive tuition rates are designed to help you start, and finish, faster. Rivier University has been educating students to transform the world for more than 80 years, so you can trust you will receive a high-quality education in a format designed to help you succeed.

Through online courses and field practicums, the program emphasizes direct care of individual patients, care of patient populations, including community health nursing, and practice that supports patient care.

  • Next Start Date: September 3, 2019
  • Est. Program Length: 2.5 years
  • Credit Hours: 39
  • Course Length: 7 and 14 weeks

Systems Leadership Track

With our online Doctor of Nursing Systems Leadership track, you can improve your future and become a trusted leader in a supportive academic community. Whether you’ve completed a Master of Science in Nursing program or have earned a master’s degree in a non-nursing discipline and have a BSN, the DNP Systems Leadership track supports clinicians seeking leadership roles in healthcare, as well as those who are striving to practice at their highest potential.

Nurses are taking on greater roles in patient care, and healthcare system and policy creation. Changing healthcare needs and shortages of providers are being addressed by an increasingly educated and engaged nursing workforce.

A Commitment to Quality

Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Graduates of the DNP program will be prepared to lead interdisciplinary healthcare teams and improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality and safety.

Potential Job Roles

  • Managing other nurses and staff
  • Leadership roles in providing patient care
  • Development of policies and procedures
  • Improving patient safety and population outcomes
  • Educating patients and the public on health care issues

Where Can I Work?

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Public health offices
  • Research facilities
  • Independent practice
  • Physicians’ offices

Dr. Tracy Hardy, DNP, APRN-BC, was honored with the 2016 Presidents' Good Steward Award by Campus Compact for NH in recognition of her service contributions to state communities and her efforts to advance public service on the Rivier University campus. Dr. Hardy, Assistant Professor of Nursing, serves as the community health screenings coordinator for Rivier’s graduate nursing programs. She leads health screenings at local schools and non-profit organizations and coordinates Rivier faculty and students to staff grant-funded clinics at St. Joseph's Hospital.

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Take your nursing career to the next level with a Doctor of Nursing Practice.