Doctorate of Nursing Practice
There is rapidly growing interest in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice at WSU. A 2011 survey of 3,000 randomly selected nurses in Minnesota, and adjacent areas of Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin resulted in 199 responses from nurses interested in the DNP. Of the 199 responses 54 were from the WSU regional area (i.e., southeastern and south central Minnesota). These data are consistent with the enrollments in the current Consortium DNP. Over one half of the graduates from the Consortium DNP were from the WSU region. Anecdotal information from prospective students indicates a strong shift in preference from the master’s level program to the DNP. This shift in preference is particularly strong among those nurses seeking advanced practice nursing education.