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College of Nursing > Doctoral Degree and Certificate Options > Doctor of Nursing Practice; Certificate Options; & > Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Leadership Tracks
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate is a leader equipped to affect change in complex environments. Two DNP leadership tracks are available:

Systems Leadership
The DNP in Systems Leadership is designed for post-master's students who wish to gain expertise in outcomes improvement and leading change at a systems/organizational level. This knowledge can be applied to clinical, educational or health policy issues in practice or academic environments. The program is intended for master's-prepared nurses with demonstrated or potential leadership ability who may already be in a management position or desire to advance to a leadership role.  Applicants are not required to be certified in a clinical specialty.

Enhancing Population Health Outcomes

The focus of this post-MSN DNP leadership track for advanced practice nurses is on the development of population-based knowledge and skills to enhance clinical health outcomes for patient aggregates, communities and populations. This knowledge and skill set can be used across specialty areas by APRNs to assess the health and illness needs of clinical populations and develop, implement and evaluate population focused interventions to address these needs. The program has a strong emphasis on health promotion, levels of prevention and program management for vulnerable populations.

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