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DNP focuses on quality and safety

DNP focuses on quality and safety

With the increasing complexity of health care and the nationwide demand for more doctorally-prepared nurses, the VCU School of Nursing is poised to increase the number of expert practitioners prepared to translate research into evidence-based practice and lead teams of health care professionals toward improving patient outcomes. The School has launched a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program focused on quality and safety. The program is designed for working nurses to complete from just about anywhere. 

Our DNP is a practice-focused doctorate that includes mostly online courses and minimal on-site experiences.  Please review below some highlights and requirements to enroll in our program. Be sure to sign up to receive the latest updates.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Quick Facts

Learn what sets VCU School of Nursing apart.

  • Post-M.S. DNP program
  • Quality and safety focus - Our DNP program will produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges patient quality and safety in the evolving health care system.  With specific attention to quality improvement, leadership, health policy, and organizational systems, the VCU DNP curriculum will enable graduates to meet increasing demands to improve health care in a wide variety of settings.
  • 7 required core courses; 12 credits of residency and 6 credits of Capstone.
  • 39 credits
  • Full-time (5 semesters) and part-time (8 semesters) plans of study
  • Online delivery – Students will come to the MCV Campus of VCU three times per year at the beginning of each semester, generally for 2-3 days at a time. The remainder of the instruction will be delivered online.

Click here to view the DNP requirements

VCU School of Nursing
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Box 980567 | 1100 East Leigh Street | Richmond, Virginia 23298-0567
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