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In response to an evolving healthcare landscape, the UCLA School of Nursing has announced that it is adding a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program beginning Fall 2018.

The DNP program will focus on translation of research into advanced clinical practice to improve health outcomes. It builds on the traditional master’s nursing programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.

Linda Sarna, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, tells Newsroom.UCLA.edu, “The changing demands of a complex health care environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise. Our new DNP program is ideal for the advanced practice nurse who wants to translate nursing science to clinical practice and improve health care outcomes.”

Designed for working professionals, program classes will be offered on Fridays and some weekends, requiring seven quarters to complete the degree. Clinical hours can be obtained in the student’s work environment to offer convenience to working nurses who want to pursue further education.

The program also adds a central component called the Scholarly Project. Students will be required to demonstrate research and quality improvement skills by completing a project directly related to a practice issue in the clinical setting.

To learn more about UCLA’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice program, visit here.

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