Our practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum builds on the M.S. in nursing by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking, among other key areas. Our graduates will likely seek leadership roles as advanced practice nurses, managers of quality initiatives, executives in health care organizations, directors of clinical programs, and faculty responsible for clinical program delivery and teaching.
Our post-master's DNP is designed to promote critical thinking and clinically based patient care initiatives and enhance employment opportunities. Taught in a part-time, hybrid format, our program pairs online coursework with face-to-face didactic learning that encourages students to develop a community with their peers and faculty.
To fulfill the requirements of the post-master’s DNP, students complete 30 credits, including 15 credits of a scholarly project. Using a synthesis of theoretical and empirical evidence, including health outcomes data, the project addresses a need identified in a clinical setting. Based on an understanding of environmental influences, these culminating projects aim to benefit groups, populations or communities and often include changes in policies, procedures or programs. Upon completion, students receive the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Created specifically for working adults, in-person classes are conveniently offered in the evenings at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick, Rhode Island.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Salve Regina is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the New England Commission of Higher Education, and is made possible through the generosity of the Rodgers Family Foundation.