The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused degree that prepares nurses to function at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and policy.
The National Association of School Nurses (2017) defines school nursing as a specialized practice of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.
This certificate prepares students for the roles and responsibilities of nurse educators in any setting that provides healthcare. Course content will provide the scope of practice for nurse educators specific to the academic environment that includes alignment of academic philosophy and mission, policies, quality improvement, curriculum development and implementation, learning theories, evidence based teaching/learning strategies and assessments to meet learner outcomes. A 48 hour practicum with a highly qualified nursing education faculty member is included in the Post Master's-Nurse Educator Certificate Program. Students who complete the Nurse Educator Certificate Program may apply for the Certified Nurse Educator examination through the National League for Nursing.