The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is nursing's highest professional practice degree. George Mason's School of Nursing offers an innovative DNP program including post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) options. The DNP program provides an opportunity for nurses to become experts as nurse practitioners and nurse administrators. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and applying the evidence that supports practice, understanding and creating practice delivery systems based on patient outcomes, and assuming leadership roles in practice settings.
Classes are offered in a variety of ways: executive format on the Prince William or Fairfax Campuses, online core courses, and advanced clinical expertise development in traditional format at the Prince William or Fairfax Campuses. Our executive format meets approximately once every three weeks on campus, with the rest of the course materials offered online. The complete DNP curriculum and course descriptions may be found in the online university catalog.
Students may draw on the expertise from throughout the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) in such areas as health economics, health policy, and epidemiology. Graduates of the program will be able to assume many roles in the health care system, including direct patient care, clinical nursing faculty, practice management, and policy development.