Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP at CBU is guided by nationally recognized core competencies and guidelines. Didactic and practice experiences are provided so the student can demonstrate integration of advanced nursing knowledge. Doctoral education at CBU will prepare the whole person for leadership and service through integrating Christian principles and practices with research and scholarly inquiry to develop in the discipline of nursing. Academic excellence guided by Christian faith will result in graduates who demonstrate service for the human good in the love of Christ locally, nationally, and globally.

  • DNP Student Learning Outomes (SLO)

    The AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) recommendations for program curriculum consist of 2 components:

    1. DNP Essentials are the foundational outcome competencies deemed essential for all graduates of a DNP program regardless of specialty or functional focus.

    2. Specialty competencies/content prepare the DNP graduate for those practice and didactic learning experiences for a particular specialty. Competencies, content, and practica experiences needed for specific roles in specialty areas are delineated by national specialty nursing organizations.


    Didactic and practice experiences are provided so the student can demonstrate integration of advanced nursing knowledge. Consistent with these AACN recommendations, CBU's student outcomes, and the College of Nursing's mission, upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing practice Degree Program, the graduate will be able to:

    • Develop and evaluate new practice approaches and care delivery strategies guided by nursing theories and theories from other disciplines, grounded in a Biblical worldview, committed to compassionate service (Essential I, VII).
    • Design, direct, and evaluate evidence for best practice incorporating diverse and culturally sensitive approaches (Essential II, III, VIII).
    • Design and evaluate information technology for consumer health information systems, coordinating and leading quality improvement and patient safety initiatives (Essential II, IV).
    • Develop and implement organizational and systems health policies for clinical prevention and population health (Essential V, VII).
    • Employ ethical leadership using interprofessional communication and collaboration to create change in complex healthcare systems in local, national, and global populations (Essential II, VI, VII).