Oklahoma Wesleyan University is proud to announce its brand-new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program (DNP), the first doctoral program ever offered by the university.
This 100% online degree is designed to equip nurses to serve at the highest level of nursing practice, developing nurse leaders who improve patient outcomes and health systems by translating research into practice. Like all of the curriculum at OKWU, the coursework is based on the foundation of a Christian worldview, preparing nurses who can care for their patients’ bodies and souls. Designed for working adults, this program offers two doctoral learning pathways: a Post-Masters DNP and the BSN to DNP.
“The DNP in Executive Leadership is a program that will enable kingdom nurses to serve at the highest level of nursing practice,” Dr. Rosa Ketchum, the Director of the DNP Programs, said. “This program acts to develop and empower nurses at the BSN or MSN level to use their leadership skills to improve patient outcomes and health systems by translating research into practice. It is always exciting to help nurses continue to be a positive influence in healthcare locally and beyond!”
The Post-Master’s pathway enables Advance Practice Nurses, Nurse Informaticists, Nurse Educators, Nurse Administrators, and other masters-prepared specialty nurses to obtain a DNP in Executive Leadership. BSN-prepared nurses with a master’s degree in a related field may also enter this pathway.
“Our students and faculty will not be constrained to physical boundaries in their calling and will make a Kingdom impact through Nursing ministry well beyond our reach.”
The BSN to DNP pathway allows bachelors-prepared nurses to earn their Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Within the pathway to the DNP in Executive Leadership, these students will also choose a focus in either Nursing Administration or Nursing Education. The curriculum is designed for experienced nurses seeking terminal degrees in practice-focused areas.
“This new and innovative program will create opportunities to expand our mission by preparing nurses to advocate for social justice, equality, and ethics within healthcare throughout the world,” Becky Le, OKWU’s Director of Adult Nursing Programs, said. “Our students and faculty will not be constrained to physical boundaries in their calling and will make a Kingdom impact through Nursing ministry well beyond our reach.”
OKWU’s School of Nursing prepares nurses to function as advocates and leaders, improving healthcare and patient outcomes through innovation and involvement in practice and policy. The pathways provide graduates with advanced practice skills to serve as providers and organizers of the healthcare delivery process, or as faculty members in a nursing education program.
Get more information about the new program.