The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares capable change agents, who practice at the highest level of their education to map the frontlines of quality outcomes, patient advocacy, and health policy with a special emphasis on improving access to care and eliminating health disparities. DNPs are in demand and enjoy a wide range of career options thanks in part to the expansion of Scope of Practice laws, changes to health care reform, and the aging baby boom generation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2026, the nurse practitioner (NP) field will grow by 31 percent; much faster than the average for all occupations.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Rutgers School of Nursing—Camden and the Rutgers School of Business—Camden offer a DNP/MBA in Executive Nursing Leadership, a dual-degree program ideal for nurse managers who wish to grow professionally, combine disciplines, and pursue high-level roles in health care administration and executive leadership positions. Prospective students must apply and be admitted independently to both the DNP program and the MBA program. The DNP/MBA can be completed with three years of full-time study; part-time program completion times vary.
Students gain expertise in health care finance, accounting, budgeting, transformational leadership and management, and evidenced-based organizational practices in health care. Graduates are rigorously prepared to shape the future of health care through innovative leadership at a systems level that promotes and sustains best practices in quality, safety, and health care outcomes.
Plan of Study
- DNP/MBA in Executive Nursing Leadership | Download PDF
Nurse Practitioner Tracks
Our DNP program offers three nurse practitioner tracks: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and a post-master's option. Students join our program from various stages in their careers – they include novice nurses, nurses who hold years of clinical experience, and master's-prepared nurse practitioners. We also offer seamless progression into our DNP program for qualified undergraduate students. Nurse practitioner tracks can be completed with two years of full-time study or up to five years of part-time study.
DNP scholars explore evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership as they build upon advanced competencies for complex nursing practice and research. Our faculty are recognized experts in their fields who challenge, mentor, and inspire students to meet –and often surpass– their career goals. Students' scholarly projects translate evidence into novel findings that advance the forefront of practice improvement.
Plans of Study
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner | Download PDF
- Family Nurse Practitioner | Download PDF
- Post-master's option for nurse practitioners | Download PDF
Students in the traditional (BS), accelerated (ABS), and the RN-to-BS programs may apply for early entry into the DNP program in the last semester of their undergraduate studies. Acceptance ensures a continuous progression from the undergraduate into the DNP program. It also allows those students who take the (4)-credit Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) role courses to apply credits from these courses in the DNP program. Students apply according to the normal process for the DNP program.
Early entry students in the traditional (BS) and accelerated (ABS) programs must pass the NCLEX and obtain licensure as registered nurses in the state of New Jersey prior to taking the first DNP clinical course (58:705:660 Adult Gerontological Primary Care Theory I).
Undergraduate students who intend to apply to the DNP program may take special (4)-credit advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced health assessment. Students must meet with undergraduate advisers as well as the DNP program track coordinators before taking these courses.
English language proficiency is required if your undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country.
For Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden graduate-level applicants, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 83 or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7 is required if the applicant’s undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country. Scores must be current within two years of the semester the student is applying to. The TOEFL or IELTS score is waived if the applicant has completed a minimum of three years’ undergraduate studies or a master’s degree with the mode instruction being English. Please visit Rutgers University–Camden Admissions for additional information.
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden advisors are happy to help. Please contact (856) 225-2318, or email firstname.lastname@example.org