A group of DNP students stand in front of the UConn School of Nursing building in Storrs, while wearing their white coats. Program Director Joy Elwell stands with them on the left.

Program Purpose

The statement of mission for the University of Connecticut defines the institution as both the land-grant and the public research university of the State of Connecticut. As such, the potential range of university programs and activities is extremely broad. The mandate of the University is to be the center within the state for graduate and professional training, research, and public service. As a public university, the University of Connecticut must not only be responsive to the needs of society, but also be capable of anticipating such needs.

Within this context, the University has identified specific responsibilities associated with its mission. Among these is the concentration on the excellence of the graduate and advanced professional degree programs for which it has primary responsibilities in the public sector.These include doctoral degree programs in all fields.

The mission and goals of the School of Nursing mirror, complement, and enhance those of the University. The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide quality, public-university based nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels. The programs are designed to be responsive to the dynamic and changing health care needs of the people of the state, while using established nursing knowledge and creating and testing new nursing theory.

Program Objectives

  • Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on theories from nursing and other related disciplines.
  • Provide graduates with a foundation of scientific and ethical knowledge that will promote competency at the advanced practice nurse level in areas of clinical practice and administration.
  • Prepare graduates to participate in the development, implementation and dissemination of research that supports evidence-based practice.
  • Prepare advanced practice nurses competent in the use of information systems technology to influence outcomes through quality improvement processes.
  • Prepare graduates to work collaboratively on health care teams to enhance health promotion and risk reduction/illness prevention.
  • Prepare clinical scholars for leadership roles in the practice setting.