Doctor of Nursing Science

The degree Doctor of Nursing Science is a professional degree. It is conferred for work of distinction in which the student displays the ability to make an original contribution of scholarship in nursing. The distinctive feature of this curriculum is its emphasis on nursing research with select patient/client groups within and across nursing specialties. Graduates achieve this goal through evaluating forces influencing health, synthesizing knowledge of health needs and problems of select patient/client groups, testing knowledge and applying findings to nursing practice, education, and policy.

The purpose of the doctoral curriculum is to educate qualified persons to make dynamic contributions to the discipline of nursing through research and other scholarly activities.

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For information regarding the DNS Program of Study, please contact:

Marie Adorno
Marie Adorno, PhD, APRN, CNS, RNC, CNE
Director of DNS Program
Phone: 504-568-5206


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