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CCNE Seal SmallThe responsibilities and opportunities for nurses continue to grow in scope and complexity. The next generation of nursing leaders will be called upon to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics.

Growth and change in the field indicates a strong need for doctoral-level training for advanced practice nurses. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is an emerging field of study approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2004. The AACN has issued a position statement advocating that advanced practice nurses evolve to the DNP level by 2015.

Advanced practice nurses are also in demand, particularly in underserved areas. Their advanced clinical expertise and education clearly prepares them for an expanded role. As direct care providers they provide quality care with a unique nursing perspective.

Coursework culminates in an evidence based DNP project that provides new opportunities for innovation and collaboration in a variety of areas such as patient centered care, system influences on care providers, and population focused healthcare.  DNP students implement outcomes in clinically based research projects with dissemination of results through publications and presentations.

View a list of the DNP Accomplishments from 2011 - 2015.

Program Director

Denise Ramponi, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP, FAEN is the Director of the DNP programs. As Director, she oversees recruitment, administration and curriculum development and also teaches in the DNP program. She practices as a Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner in urgent care and emergency department settings. She has a specialty in ‘hands on’ clinical skill workshops. She received her Master’s Degree from Duquesne University and her DNP degree from Waynesburg University.

Program Coordinator

KirstynKamegKirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC has served as the Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program since its inception in 2007. She teaches several courses in the PMHNP program including Psychiatric Differential Diagnosis, Psychopharmacology, Management of Psychiatric Disorders, Family Therapy, and Health Promotion. Her research interests are simulation as a teaching methodology, interprofessional education, and care of patients with multiple chronic conditions. She maintains a private practice as a PMHNP diagnosing and managing individuals across the lifespan with mental health problems. She received her Master’s degree and PMHNP preparation from the University of Pittsburgh and her DNP degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Program Overview

Robert Morris University's BSN -DNP degree program is clinically oriented, preparing graduates to employ clinical reasoning at the highest level of nursing practice to plan and implement patient care. Nurses completing the program will have a strong practice-oriented preparation with the ability to work within teams of health professionals, care for diverse populations, and lead other health care providers in providing safe, high-quality health care. 

RMU's BSN- DNP curriculum emphasizes teamwork and interprofessional collaboration among health care practitioners, including physicians, social workers, pharmacists and others. 


Program Options 

Masters to DNP Program

For advanced practice nurses with master's degrees.

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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practioner (AGNP) BSN to DNP Program

For registered nurses with bachelor's degrees interested in nurse practitioner preparation along with doctorate of nursing practice.

These tracks are offered:

DNP-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
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DNP-Family (Individual across the lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP)    
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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP) Options and Curricula  

For both registered nurses with bachelor's degrees interested in nurse practitioner preparation along with doctorate of nursing practice and for advanced practice nurses with master's degrees interested in a second (PMHNP) certification.
 

DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) 
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Post-Masters/Post-Doctoral Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner Certificate
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Program Objectives

The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare advanced practice nurses who:

  1. Apply nursing science and clinical reasoning at the highest level of practice to plan and implement care.
  2. Utilize expert communication and leadership skills with interdisciplinary teams to create improvements in health care and complex health care delivery systems.
  3. Integrate theory, clinical inquiry, information technology, and evidence-based practice for clinical decision-making and the provision of patient care.
  4. Lead health care provider teams to systematically evaluate outcomes and implement quality improvements based on evidence-based practice.
  5. Generate a culturally competent practice environment.
  6. Influence health policy to improve health care delivery and outcomes for all stakeholders.
  7. Partner with other health care providers to form an inter-professional team to advance high-quality, safe, patient-centered care.
  8. Lead initiatives to promote disease prevention and population health.

Career Outlook

With the projected need for additional health care providers, nurses with advanced practice degrees will be in high demand.Projections indicate a strong future demand for doctorally prepared nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses.  Nationally and in Pennsylvania, there is a shortage of nurse practitioners and preparation in our programs will prepare  advanced practice nurses to help to meet the health care needs of our populations and members of existing and emerging health care teams.

Salary Information

Earning the DNP can translate into higher salaries for nurse practitioners. According to a 2011 salary survey conducted by ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners magazine, DNP-prepared NPs earned $8,576 more than master’s-prepared NPs. Our graduates are obtaining excellent positions where they are combining their APRN skills with their DNP. 

Program Location

BSN – DNP (FNP, AGNP) - Offered in Moon Township only

BSN- DNP (PMHNP) -Offered via distance education and at Moon Township

PMHNP Certificate - Offered via distance education and at Moon Township

Masters to DNP- is a fully online program with three immersion weekends

For More Information

Contact our Graduate Admissions Office at 412-397-5229 or graduateprograms@rmu.edu. Or visit our website at www.rmu.edu, where you can submit your application for admission free of charge online.