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DNP Mission & Philosophy


The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (UW FWWSON) DNP program educates advanced practice nurses (APNs) who utilize evidence to create innovative ways to improve health care. The DNP program is distance accessible and provides clinical experiences in the rural Rocky Mountain region.


To educate APN leaders in rural, client-centered primary and mental health care


Graduates will...

  1. ...engage in evidence-based practice to optimize health outcomes.

  2. ...engage in leadership activities to promote excellence in rural health care.

Core Concepts:

Integration: An integrative NP approaches health care from a coordinated, interprofessional, multi-faceted perspective.

Innovation: An innovative NP creates ways to improve health care.

Reflection: A reflective NP critically evaluates his/her professional practice through a variety of lenses.

Articulate Communication: An articulate NP promotes collaboration and understanding through clear and effective professional communication.

Contextual and Cultural Awareness: The contextually and culturally aware NP integrates these variables to provide client, family, and community-centered health care.

Professionalism: The professional NP approaches health care with honesty, respect, responsibility, accountability, confidentiality, privacy, a professional demeanor, and a continual quest for professional growth*.
(*See Ch. 3 "Professional Behaviors" in DNP Handbook)

Teaching Philosophy:

The University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing's DNP faculty believes that NP education is a terminal, doctoral degree. This degree requires commitment to achieving the highest level of autonomous, advanced nursing practice. Our curriculum is grounded in adult learning theory. We expect students to be accountable for their own learning as they pursue excellence in clinical practice.


approved DNP subcommittee, 2/15/2011; edited 3/10/2016

Page updated: 10/7/2016

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