This doctoral program is designed to prepare nurses as clinical practitioners/scholars to assume advanced practice clinical roles.
This program was one of the first four nationally recognized D.N.P. programs, and our online graduate nursing programs continue to be nationally rated. The degree prepares graduates to provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings as well as population-based and application science to improve patient outcomes.
Learn within flexible, online graduate programs ranked No. 1 nationally in 2023 (U.S. News & World Report).
Develop as scientists and scholars with help from the Office of Research, which helps faculty members and D.N.P. students.
Prepare and practice in the college's innovative, teaching-education accredited Clinical Simulation Center.
What You’ll Study
As a D.N.P. student at USC, you'll be able to collaborate with dynamic faculty mentors on evidence-based projects, develop your own grants and participate in a health policy internship. This curriculum prepares nurses to sit for the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner national certification.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes
Manage Complex Patients
Provide expert care using advanced diagnostics and treatment modalities
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist
- Palliative Care and Hospice Specialist
- Clinical Scholar
- Hospital Inpatient
- Outpatient Private Practice
- Long-Term Acute Care
- Urgent Care