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Hybrid Doctor of Nursing Practice

Published: Summer 2020


The Yale Clinical DNP is designed for APNs working part or full time in a clinical role who would like to pursue doctoral education as they develop their clinical knowledge and experience. The Clinical DNP graduate will apply the knowledge gained in their course work and clinical collaborations to develop new clinical practices, processes, and roles that will contribute to better health for all people.

Yale Health Care Leadership, Systems, and Policy Doctor of Nursing Program Projects are designed to immerse students in real-world health care situations and to use the knowledge and skills gained during their coursework and practica experiences to present a solution. Working with a Yale Health Care Leadership, Systems, and Policy Doctor of Nursing Program project advisor and project team, the student designs a project, identifies the problems, purposes and aims, and reviews relevant literature. Using a methodological approach and analytic plan, they collaborate with an onsite mentor to implement the project, analyze the results, and make recommendations for practice and, if appropriate, future research. A formal presentation and scholarly paper are due at the end of the third year.

Program Takeaways

  • Evidence-based practice model change initiatives
  • Quality improvement/performance management projects
  • Analysis of policy problems
  • Development of tools for advocacy
  • Design, evaluation and implementation of new models of care
  • Policy/practice case report and analysis
  • Implement and evaluate innovative uses for technology to enhance or evaluate care
  • Collaborate with researchers to answer clinical questions
  • Collaborate on legislative change using evidence
  • Design and evaluate programs
  • Conduct financial analyses to compare care models and potential savings
  • Design and use databases to retrieve information for decision making, planning, and evaluation
  • Work with lay or professional coalitions to develop, implement, or evaluate health programs, such as health promotion, and disease prevention programs for vulnerable patients, groups or communities
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An online and in-person hybrid program.

2 years
The tuition and fees for the 2024–2025 D.N.P. program over three years are $17,468 for the fall semester and $16,594 for the spring semester, totaling $34,062.