American Sentinel University Launches New DNP Specialization

DNP Prepares Nurses to Achieve Their Professional Goals at the Highest Level of the Nursing Practice

AURORA, Colo. – July 27, 2017 – American Sentinel University, an accredited healthcare-focused online university, announces online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specializations designed to offer flexibility for Advance Practice Nurses (NP), Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS).  

This new program prepares highly qualified master’s educated nurse leaders, educators, and nursing specialists with the credentials needed to foster the advanced practice of nursing in today’s quickly evolving health systems.

“Healthcare in the U.S. has become increasingly complex,” says Elaine Foster, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, RN, Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Programs at American Sentinel University. “To address and provide solutions for this increased complexity, the role of the advanced practice nurse has expanded. DNP-prepared nurses now provide leadership insight about key issues involving healthcare, advocating for patient health promotion and influencing health policy.”

Nurses Filling Managerial or Entrepreneurial Roles in Healthcare Systems

American Sentinel’s DNP Specialization targets nurses looking for an education in a variety of courses that allow them to fill managerial and entrepreneurial roles in healthcare systems or smaller clinical settings.

The program is designed for nurse leaders and educators seeking a practice-focused degree to gain credibility, management skills, credentials and industry knowledge needed in the rapidly changing healthcare environment.

American Sentinel’s DNP program features the flexibility of online learning and experienced faculty with significant nursing leadership and educational experiences. Students benefit from interactions with nursing leaders from top U.S. healthcare organizations from around the country, including Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger Health, Spectrum Health and more.

Nurses in the DNP Specialization take courses that fit their career goals instead of pre-determined paths that many DNP programs require.

DNP Specialization Course Highlights

Graduates of the DNP Specialization program will:

  • Appraise the needs of complex organizations as they go through strategic decision-making and change implementation.
  • Critique roles of leaders and collaborators in planning, providing and evaluating healthcare.
  • Generate strategic plans for organizational change by utilizing theoretical knowledge, meaningful, data and evidence-based practice to while being culturally and ethnically sensitive.
  • Utilize evidence-based data and analytic methods to develop, implement and evaluate best practices to advance health care.
  • Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice and evaluate innovative approaches to care delivery for individuals, communities, and populations.
  • Work within interdisciplinary teams to effectively, promote health, enhance patient outcomes and improve health care delivery systems.

American Sentinel’s DNP degree is an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)-approved program. The curriculum is timely and relevant, and provides nurses with the foundation and skills to lead their organizations and the next generation of nurses.

“The Doctor of Nursing Practice Specialization program prepares nurses for advancement in a variety of practice settings,” says Dr. Foster. “The critical thinking skills and tools developed in the DNP program will prepare nurses to analyze and improve patient outcomes and healthcare systems as well as improving and extending care to diverse populations to achieve their professional goals at the highest level of the nursing practice.”

Affordable, Flexible and Attainable

The DNP program is only 28 months long with rolling admission. In year one, students have a four-day residency – American Sentinel pays for your stay. In year two, there is a two-day virtual residency.  Aside from the year-one residency, education is 100 percent online.

American Sentinel offers competitive tuition rates, various payments plans, and a DNP Travel Assistance Programs to help most students earns their DNP debt free.

The 42-credit hour program is open to nurses who have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in one of the following areas: faculty role, hospital management/leadership, advanced practice nurse (NP), clinical nurse leader (CNL) or clinical nurse specialists (CNS).

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Accrediting Commission of DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.