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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Influence the future of nursing care with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Bellarmine University

Why earn your DNP online at Bellarmine?

The healthcare field is rapidly changing and healthcare needs leaders. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice who are interested in clinical leadership and nurse executive positions.  The DNP offers an alternative to research focused doctoral programs (i.e. Ph.D. programs). The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Bellarmine is available as a post-master’s program or as a BSN-DNP.

The curriculum includes courses in research and evidence-based practice, quality improvement and patient safety, clinical informatics, advanced statistics, health care economics and financing, and domestic and global health policy. In addition, all students complete a practice immersion and residency experience, which culminates with the DNP project.

Nursing student talking to instructor

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Missi, Pam '16 Profile

“I am forever grateful to Bellarmine University for the doctoral education I experienced while obtaining a Doctorate in Nursing Executive Practice. From the moment I reached out for information on the DNP program, Bellarmine faculty and staff were extremely helpful and collaborative. The program is strategically structured and provides the doctoral student with the tool kit to be successful. Bellarmine truly sets the bar for academic excellence and achievement.”

Pamela Missi, DNP '16; Chief Nursing Officer

Tabs and Filters - DNP Projects

Dr. Marguerite Burch - Implementation of a Delirium Protocol in a Community Living Center
Dr. Julia Senn-Reeves - Early Identification of Frailty Predictors in a Vowed Religious Community of Catholic Men: A Strategy for Successful Aging in Place
Dr. Kim Anna - World Health Organization Decision Making Tool: Can we Increase IUD Use?
Dr. Trena Seago - Failure-to-Rescue Simulations as a Risk Management Strategy for Registered Nurses
Dr. Missy Stober - Advanced Disease Management in Home Health: Palliative Care Integration
Dr. Brittney Welch - Changing Healthcare Policy by Utilizing Kingdon’s Policy Stream
Dr. Mary Ellen Broaddus - Demonstration Project to Address Juvenile Drug Addiction
Dr. Ellee Humphrey - Implementing an Evidence-Based Education Program for Labor and Delivery Nurses in a community Hospital Setting
Dr. Holli Roberts - Developing a Nursing Peer Review Program for Nurse Leaders
Dr. Janel Willingham - Text Messaging Appointment Reminders to Increase Patient Appointment Adherence on a Mobile Unit Within a Prevention and Wellness Program
Dr. Kelly Johnson - Sentinel Event Management Model: A Performance Improvement Project
Dr. Gayle Mink - Reducing Benzodiazepine Use in the Treatment of Anxiety in a Community Mental Health Setting
Dr. Pam Missi - Enhancing Nurse-Physician Communication and Collaboration
Dr. Kathy Rose - Implementation and Evaluation of a Charge Nurse Development Project Bundle
Dr. Anna Laura Trimbur - Telephone Follow-up for Heart Failure Patients Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities
Dr. Teresa Vincent - Implementation of TeamSTEPPS in the Operating Room
Dr. Teena Darnell - Prevalence of School Nurses in Kentucky and Student Outcomes
Dr. Shirl Johnson - A Pilot Study of the Impact of a Pulmonary Clinical Decision Unit on Patient Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Dr. Colleen Knoop - Gap in Patient Expectations in Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Dr. Carol Payton - Use of a Peanut Ball to Decrease Length of First & Second Stages of Labor
Dr. Lahoma Prather - A Post Discharge Support Program for Patients Experiencing Psychological Non-Epileptic Seizures: A Pilot Project
Dr. Sally Sturgeon - Strangulation Assessment, Evidence Collection, and Documentation Guidelines for Forensic Nurse Examiners: A Pilot Project

Contact Information

Heather Owens, PhD, Assistant Professor and Chair, Graduate Studies in Nursing
502.272.8101 or

Julie Armstrong-Binnix, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admission
502.272.8364, 800.274.4723 x8364 or

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