Specialty Areas

As a student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you can choose to specialize in one of twelve areas. A brief description of each specialty is listed below.

This specialty prepares students to provide holistic, team-based care for adults and older adults. Graduates are not only prepared to independently manage primary care needs of adults and older adults, but are also prepared to be leaders in health systems with a firm grounding in evidence-based practice and system change. 

Students will be prepared to lead and guide the management of complex health conditions, working with nurses and organizations, to provide care to adults and elders in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program work as expert clinicians and consultants in acute care settings, nursing homes, transitional care settings and specialty practices.

Students are prepared for the clinical management of patients across the lifespan and within the context of their families and environment. Students are stimulated to assess the patient within an ever-widening system of interactions that help shape individual health and health care.

This DNP specialty prepares students to be full interprofessional partners, to create innovative healing environments and to transform health care systems locally, nationally and internationally. Roles range from leading in formal executive positions to leadership at point-of-care delivery, from acute care to community care, from leading individual quality and safety programs to national and international health care initiatives.

Students are prepared to work with individuals, families, communities and health systems to develop integrative approaches to health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management. An integrative approach includes engaging the patient as an informed and empowered partner, personalizing care and using all appropriate, evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including lifestyle changes, to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

This DNP program specialty prepares students to practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) at the highest level of clinical practice in this fast paced program that leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and national certification examination eligibility.

Nurse-midwives provide expert health care to women of all ages including primary care; prenatal, labor and birth care; gynecologic care; and care to newborns. Midwives provide women-centered and culturally-sensitive care that recognizes the normal transitions in women’s lives, including a physiologic approach to pregnancy and birth in all practice settings.

Graduates are prepared to work in interprofessional teams of clinicians, computer technology staff and administrators to transform health care using digital tools and techniques. A unique focus in this field is linking patients, providers, public health and researchers through authorized and secure information sharing. Graduates are prepared to lead teams that provide the right information at the right time for the right person to provide the right care.

A pediatric clinical nurse specialist is a clinical expert in pediatric nursing who, in addition to providing direct care, serves as a leader in education, research, quality improvement, outcome monitoring and consultation with other nurses. Pediatric clinical nurse specialists provide care to children and adolescents and their families within the context of the family, community and health care system. 

This DNP program specialty prepares students to care for children and improve systems of care for children and their families. Pediatric nurse practitioner students learn to provide comprehensive pediatric assessments and management of health and illness issues. The program emphasizes health policy, evidence-based practice, informatics and program evaluation.

Students are prepared for independent clinical practice to treat psychiatric disorders and mental health problems of people across the lifespan. Students learn to diagnose disorders and provide holistic treatment and lifestyle management, including pharmacological interventions, complementary and alternative therapies, and individual, group and family psychotherapies that promote mental health and reduce disability. 

This specialty of the DNP program prepares students to provide advanced practice care to women throughout their lifespan. The program teaches students about the unique needs, challenges and life transitions in women’s lives. Students gain expertise in educating women on prevention and health as well as diagnosing, managing and treating common and complex prenatal and reproductive health conditions. Graduates of the program serve as primary care providers through chronic and acute illnesses.