Careers & Opportunities

Job Outlook

Graduates of the DNP program are employed in a variety of settings, including outpatient settings affiliated with hospitals and outpatient primary care clinics.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that there will be at least a 19% job growth for nurses in general by 2022. Additionally, salary expectations are likely to rise by 22% in the same time period.

According to studies, nurses with DNPs earn about $7,688 more than those in similar positions who hold only master’s degrees. Payscale.com notes that the highest-earning nurses are advanced registered nurse practitioners, who can earn up to $111,870 per year.

Clinical Education

Experience in nursing practice settings is a vital part of the learning process. The Department of Nursing has cultivated strong partnerships and affiliations with more than 100 clinical sites in the region.

The DNP faculty carefully match students with clinical experiences to facilitate a good fit. The program allows nurses to learn in or near their home communities for their clinical experience requirement. Some of the College of Public Health’s partners include

  • community outpatient clinics in underserved areas;
  • homeless shelters and organizations around Philadelphia, such as Project HOME;
  • nurse-managed clinics;
  • primary healthcare settings; and
  • private general practice offices.

DNP students engage in supervised hours of advanced practice nursing as required by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Department of Nursing maintains over 100 clinical contracts with healthcare settings in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. The program allows nurses to learn in or near their home communities during the program’s clinical preceptorship component.

DNP students can also work closely with faculty, whose research topics include

  • adolescent health,
  • child welfare,
  • chronic disease prevention,
  • community-based treatment interventions,
  • health disparities,
  • human sexuality,
  • interpersonal violence,
  • minority health,
  • nutrition,
  • obesity and
  • violence prevention.