Advance Your Nursing Career
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Chaminade University of Honolulu is designed for the registered nurse or advanced practice nurse who aims to provide evidence-based care to culturally diverse populations while also developing a leadership role as an advocate for health and social justice.
Chaminade’s DNP program uses an innovative, technology-enriched, educational approach to support the development of exceptional nurse leaders and advanced practice clinical nursing experts. The curriculum prepares graduates to address profound healthcare needs of society, focusing in particular on the needs of the most vulnerable among us at a time when nurse leaders are urgently needed and will continue to be in high demand.
Our DNP program allows for flexibility. Courses are taught online in 15-week terms. Students will attend yearly multi-day immersions. Immersions for each track will enhance leadership capacity, build strategic relationships, and provide clinical and experiential learning for practice innovation.
We offer four DNP program options:
- BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- BSN-DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
- BSN-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
- Post-Master’s Executive Leader (EL)
Chaminade’s DNP program integrates the Marianist Educational Values: formation in faith; quality education; family spirit; service, justice and peace; and adaptation and change. Each of these five core values is incorporated throughout the program to help graduates develop not only as scholars, but also as individuals who are ready to lead holistically. Students should have a strong desire to learn about and care for select populations, with a special emphasis on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, and be committed to social justice. Alumni of this program will continue to develop their nursing careers as leaders and advanced clinicians.
As students progress through the program they will have the opportunity to grow and develop in a supportive environment that includes skilled advisors, knowledgeable professors, and fellow students with wide-ranging backgrounds and diverse professional paths.
August 21, 2023
Priority Application Deadline
June 1, 2023
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PAMELA SMITH, EdD, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions
Office of Admissions
Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track prepares the student to become an advanced practice nurse prepared to provide comprehensive care to patients and families across the lifespan. FNPs practice in primary care settings and manage both acute and chronic conditions with a focus on disease prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, treatment, and management of care. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice FNP program graduates are prepared to work with patients and healthcare organizations to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program
The BSN-DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program prepares you to serve as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), providing comprehensive care to patients from birth through adolescence. Our program emphasizes a patient-and family-centered perspective, as well as a culturally-informed practice to ensure you are prepared to provide evidence-based care to pediatric and adolescent patients in a variety of settings. Course work includes a focus on well-child care, growth and development, health promotion and disease prevention, and the management of common acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track educates the student to become an advanced practice nurse prepared to provide psychiatric/mental health care to children, adults, and elders. PMHNPs assess, diagnose, and treat patients with mental health conditions such anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar manifestations, mood swings, as well as mental health maintenance. Chaminade’s Doctor of Nursing Practice PMHNP program graduates are prepared to provide holistic care for patients and communities.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leader (EL) program:
The Executive Leader (EL) track prepares the student with the necessary tools to implement quality improvement projects in clinics, in hospitals, and across large healthcare systems. Chaminade’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leader program graduates will have a deep understanding of health policy, interprofessional relationships to improve patient and population health outcomes, and the ability to advocate for social justice and access to health care.