DNP Handbook

DNP Learning Goals

Supporting Aspen’s Mission

To support and advance the mission of Aspen University, the mission of the Aspen University School of Nursing and Health Sciences is to enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities at local, state, and national levels through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses to effectively assume leadership roles in practice environments within a diverse society and communities as well as across a spectrum of healthcare settings to focus on improved health outcomes for society as a whole.


  • Theoretical Underpinnings: Evaluate scientific knowledge underpinnings for translation, integration, application to practice, and create a theoretical framework based on research.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Collaborate with professionals in other disciplines to improve person-centered care and population health outcomes.
  • Population Health: Establish collaborative approaches to improve equitable health improvements in both traditional and non-traditional partnerships to include the healthcare delivery continuum for patient-centered care, public health prevention and disease management of diverse populations.
  • Nursing Scholarship: Generate, translate, and disseminate evidence-based practices to improve and transform healthcare.
  • Innovation, Quality, and Safety: Improvement science focused on enhancing quality and system effectiveness.
  • Leadership: Improve the quality of nursing practice, by using leadership strategies and systems-based thinking and practice, to lead organizations to change through personal and professional development. 
  • Healthcare Technology and Informatics: Utilize data-driven decision-making to inform the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare services supported by healthcare technology.
  • Healthcare Advocacy: Advocate for improved diverse, inclusive, and equitable healthcare and policies.
  • Personal, Professionalism, and Leadership: Life-long learning, collaborative disposition, support of nursing expertise, and assertion of leadership.