Program Outcomes & Standards


1. Knowledge for Nursing Practice Apply nursing practice decisions using the foundation of a liberal education and evolving knowledge from nursing science, the biological and behavioral sciences, and humanities. Integrate, translate, and apply established knowledge and ways of knowing from nursing, other disciplines, liberal arts, and natural and social sciences to promote clinical judgement and innovation in nursing practice.
2. Person Centered Care Use inter-intra professional communication and collaborative skills to advocate for safe, evidence-based, high quality patient centered care. Design, deliver, manage, and evaluate comprehensive patient care.
3. Population Health Demonstrate basic understanding of the role of health promotion, and disease/injury in improving population health across the life span. Engage in collaborative activities with both traditional and non-traditional partners from communities, public health, industry, academia, health care, government entities, and others for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes.
4. Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline Apply reliable evidence from multiple crediable sources of knowledge including basic health sciences to inform nursing pratice and make clinical judgements. Generate, synthesize, translate, apply, and disseminate nursing knowledge to improve health and transform health care.
5. Quality and Safety Identify quality improvement data to assess patient outcomes related to system management processes to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Employ principles of safety and improvement science to enhance healthcare quality and minimize harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
6. Interprofessional Partnerships Demonstrates the ability to communcate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsbile manner. Demonstrate intentional engagement in dynamic interprofessional teams to optimize patient- and population-centered care, enhance the healthcare experience, and strengthen outcomes.
7. Systems-Based Practice Demonstrates an awareness of the impact of healthcare system changes on planning, organizing, to the delivery of patient care. Display leadership and agility in coordinating resources within complex systems of healthcare to provide safe, effective, and equitable care for diverse populations.
8. Information and Healthcare Technologies Demonstrate the skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safety and quality nursing practices. Demonstrate informatics and communication acumen to achieve the effective collection and exchange of information with patients, the public, and other health professionals.
9. Professionalism Demonstrate the values central to nursing practice including altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, advocacy, social justice and live long learning. Demonstrate accountability in carrying out professional and societal responsibilities, and adhere to ethical principles.
10. Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for safe care delivery in a variety of settings. Exhibit self-reflection, flexibility, curiosity, and other qualities necessary to sustain professional growth, resilience, leadership capacity, and lifelong personal well-being.


Professional Standards & Guidelines

Standard/Guideline Organization Link & Year

Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice

American Association of Colleges of Nurses
(AACN), 2006

Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioners Programs

National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (2022)

Graduate Competencies

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (2023)

Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2023)

Nursing Licensure Examinations

National Council of State Boards of Nursing ( NCSBN, 2023)

Core competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

Interprofessional Education Collaborative
(IPEC), 2016

2016 Update (PDF)

Standards for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Children 8th ed.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
(AWHONN), 2021

Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner Guidelines for Practice and Education, 8th Edition

Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
(NPWH), 2020