April 28, 2011 | Ken, online education news | Leave a comment In an effort to meet the growing demand for doctor-level nurses who can mentor and guide the next generation of nurses, Walden University hasÂ launched a new online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) The DNP program is designed to prepare nursing professionals to assume greater practice and leadership roles in healthcare organizations, promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system, and evaluate and apply research that contributes to better patient outcomes. Aligned with the most current national professional standards, this practice-focused doctoral program’s coursework covers a range of topics, including the following: Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Quality Improvement Evidence-based Practice Information Systems/Technology Advanced Nursing Practice Organizational and Systems Leadership Along with the right experience and training, the DNP program can position graduates to take on leadership and education rolesâ€”such as Â nursing officer (CNO), nurse administrator, director of quality and regulatory affairs, nursing policy positions and othersâ€”across the healthcare industry so they can make significant contributions to improving the quality of patient care and enhancing the training of nursing professionals. “Our healthcare system is changing rapidly, and now more than ever, we need expert nurse leaders to advocate for changes in the healthcare system,” said Dr. Sara Torres, associate dean of Walden’s School of Nursing. “Walden’s DNP program is focused on helping nurse leaders build their skills and expertise to make a difference where it counts, by improving care across their organization and enhancing the health of populations and communities.” The Doctor of NursingÂ Practice program is the most recent in the Walden School of Nursing’s suite of lifelong learning programs, which include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), both accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing. For more information about the DNP program, click here. About Walden University Walden University was established in 1970 and is a private, for-profit, specialized distance-learning institution of higher education. It is headquartered in the Mills District in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than 40 years, the university has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities networkâ€”a global network of more than 55 online and campus-based universities in 27 countries.