Are you an established nursing professional looking to enact change and move your field forward?

Consider a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). A DNP degree allows you to develop the skills necessary for the highest level of practice. As practice leaders transforming the system, DNPs ensure that patients are receiving the best quality of care.

Here are the top 7 reasons we believe you should consider pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) today:

1 – It’s the New Standard

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and its member institutions encourage all advanced practice nurses and advanced administrators to achieve the DNP degree. This underscores the widespread belief that raising the educational standard (from master’s to doctorate) will provide nurses in advanced practice or administrative roles with improved skills, based on the best evidence, to lead the profession in providing better health outcomes for patients and populations.

2 -Use Research, Don’t Just Do It

A DNP degree is practice-based rather than the research-based focus you would find in a PhD program. In this regard, a DNP degree will prepare you to apply evidence-based findings to transform nursing practices to meet the challenges of a constantly changing healthcare world and improve patient outcomes. The DNP program focuses on practical application of scientific discoveries, translating research into practice.

3 – Be Part of the Solution to Complex Healthcare Issues

Healthcare is increasingly complex and ever-changing. Advanced practice nurses and administrators play an integral role in solving health care issues. With industry-leading knowledge of best practices for nursing practice and administration, nurses with DNP degrees are needed to invent, establish, and innovate solutions to bring about real-world change


4 – Shape the Profession

It has always been your calling to help people, which is why you became a nurse. But you are ready to expand your reach even further. With a DNP degree, you can shape the profession with evidence-based approaches to patient care and leadership. With advanced education following the DNP Essentials,  you will lead change that directly improves the lives of patients, populations, and healthcare systems.

5 – Become a Leader in Your Field

You love nursing, but feel you have even more to offer. As an advanced practice nurse or administrator, you are already a vital part of the healthcare team. Become an undisputed leader in your specialty. Nurses with DNP degrees are leaders in the profession, contributing solutions to the complex demands of the current healthcare environment.

6 – Learn From the Highest Quality Professionals

Nursing is an ever-changing, vital part of the healthcare equation. The best way to understand the complexities of the professional nursing landscape is to learn from instructors that are proven leaders. Faculty in quality DNP programs are of exceptional caliber and experience. Your interactions with these instructors leads to confidence you can bring with you throughout your entire career.

7 – Learn to Apply Information Technology

An increasingly critical component of the nursing profession is the application of key technologies to enhance practice. A DNP program includes the necessary skills to utilize technologies that promote a more efficient, data-driven, and evidence-based practice.  This contributes to improved patient care, more efficient systems, and better quality of work.

Concordia University has a 100% online DNP program,  with remarkable faculty, ambitious students, and a reputation for quality. Contact us today to learn more.


— Kali Thiel is director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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