DNP AT PACE
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Earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a Nurse Practitioner prepares you for the next step in your career by providing you with the critical skills needed to translate evidence-based research into solid nursing practice.
As you pursue a DNP with Pace, you will develop a complex appreciation of the clinical and research aspects of nursing. Through a curriculum that meets the eight essential areas identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for the DNP, the education you receive will prepare you to move into a senior clinical leadership role in primary healthcare delivery.
A major aspect of that preparation is the strong bonds that students develop with their peers and with faculty, both in and out of the classroom. Pace is committed to providing strong support to guide every DNP student through the program. In fact, DNP students frequently say that at Pace, you are part of a family.
The DNP program is a part-time curriculum that spans two years. During this time, you will benefit from a blend of on-campus and online learning, meeting at Pace’s Westchester campus five times per semester and completing the remaining coursework online. This balance allows you to pursue your current career while obtaining a DNP.
DNP Information Sessions
Graduate information sessions are held regularly throughout the year. In addition to on-campus sessions, we also host live, virtual info sessions that allow you to participate remotely via your computer. Join one of these sessions and you will be able to hear faculty members and graduate admission staff talk about the Pace DNP program. You will also be able to ask them any questions you may have.
At Pace, our faculty has a reputation for excellence and innovation. Many of our faculty members are active in their clinical roles, and as a result, you will benefit from their experience, accomplishments and clinical expertise. Additionally, many Pace DNP alumni have a deep commitment to elevate the program and go on to join the College of Health Professions as professors or mentors, keeping our program relevant and innovative.
Past DNP Projects
One of the outcomes for the program is the development of a systematic review of clinical evidence by DNP students that is submitted for publication. Through this project, students will learn to plan, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based practice in a clinical agency. Many of our students have received high-profile exposure in professional journals across the nursing field. Below are some of the most outstanding examples.
- Patient-centered falls intervention to reduce fall rate during an acute care admission.
- Use of a patient navigator to improve patient satisfaction in an ambulatory cancer care center.
- A sleep education program to improve sleep hygiene in college students.
- Development of a structured communication tool for use during multidisciplinary rounds to reduce the length of a stay and improve patient and staff satisfaction.
- A school-based family asthma education program to reduce asthma exacerbations.
- A tight glycemic control protocol to decrease surgical site infections in patients with diabetes undergoing cardiac surgery.
- A therapeutic patient education program to improve adherence to oral anti-cancer medications.
- A patient-centered self-care education program to increase self-care behaviors and quality of life, while reducing readmissions in adult patients with heart failure.
- A text messaging program to increase adherence to treatment regimens in adults with asthma.
- An exercise intervention to improve hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.