"The DNP has opened many professional doors for me. I moved into an top level executive position at my institution after completing my degree and I am quite sure that the combination of the degree itself in addition to the skills was essential in obtaining the position."
—Michele Lucatorto, Cohort 2, DNP Completion Program
Robert Morris University's D.N.P. degree program is clinically oriented, preparing graduates to employ clinical reasoning at the highest level of nursing practice to plan and implement patient care. Nurses completing the program will have a strong practice-oriented preparation with the ability to work within teams of health professionals, care for diverse populations, and lead other health care providers in providing safe, high-quality health care.
RMU's D.N.P. curriculum emphasizes teamwork and team building among health care practitioners, including physicians, social workers, pharmacists, and others. In designing the program, RMU incorporated all five of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) recommendations regarding the future of health professions education: patient-centered care, interdisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and better use of informatics.
Two program options are offered:
For advanced practice nurses who already have a master's degree, the D.N.P. Completion Program combines an appealing format with specially targeted content to provide the perfect extension of knowledge and abilities. The coursework moves students to the next level of their careers, incorporating a broader knowledge of health care in today's complex market.
The D.N.P. program prepares advanced practice nurses to:
Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less, through in-class,online or hybrid study. Take classes one night a week through your course of study. Admission is rolling and classes start fresh every eight weeks. You can also choose to pursue your degree full- or part-time.
RMU’s nursing program has a unique focus on business, communications, global perspective and technology in addition to strong clinical skills, and preparation for the licensing exam to become a registered nurse. Handheld computer technology enables students to store software applications and data at their fingertips. Students also learn to care for patients in state-of-the-art clinical facilities as well as in RMU's up-to-date nursing laboratory, where bedside computers and patient simulators assist in developing clinical decision-making skills. Students also have the opportunity to travel internationally to better understand global health issues.
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty is committed to providing opportunities for you to be fully engaged in your college experience. Our high quality, practicing faculty members are acutely aware of the current healthcare environment and can provide expert guidance in navigating through the changing milieu of best practice for patients.
Judy Kaufmann, Dr.P.H., CRNP, joined RMU in June 2007 as the D.N.P. program director after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh since 1995. As director, she oversees recruitment, administration and curriculum development, and also teaches. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner across the lifespan, with specialized experience in women's health, orthopedics and internal medicine. She holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.