Why choose UND’s online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program?
Our College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD) produces some of the finest nurse leaders in the nation — and has for more than a century. All of our programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which underscores our commitment to high-quality nursing education.
UND’s distance learning program took shape in 1911 through mail correspondence and has evolved ever since, allowing us to offer technology-based distance education to thousands of students around the world and help them achieve their educational goals from wherever they live. Our innovative spirit has carried through to our graduate nursing programs, where we’ve spent the past 30 years offering online education to CNPD students. We know how to personalize your experience and make sure you’re ready to perform in the field — wherever you decide to practice.
We’re on a mission to prepare nurse leaders like you for advanced roles in health care where you’ll have an opportunity to influence policy change and make patient outcomes even stronger. Our Post Master’s online D.N.P. leadership programs are designed for leaders who are ready to take action, and as a trusted nursing, medicine, health sciences and social services institution, we’d like to help you.
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What can you learn?
D.N.P.-educated nurses are recognized for their ability to critique nursing practice and design care delivery programs that are economically feasible, locally acceptable and that significantly impact health care outcomes. With this degree, you’ll extend your skills from practical and hands-on to statistical and research‑based.
Enroll in our online Post-Master’s D.N.P. program, and we’ll teach you how to apply research to enhance diagnostic accuracy and interpret data to analyze care — all while working collaboratively with other professional nurses who are expertly trained in advanced practice certification areas.
We offer two online tracks to help you specialize your career.
- The Advanced Practice Nursing track is designed to help APRNs build the confidence and tools needed to advance into practice-focused leadership roles that work toward the Improvement of population health, patient care processes and outcomes.
- The Leadership track can help you develop the skills needed to provide education and lead the transformation of health care organization practices, system-wide improvements and health care policy at the local, state and national levels.
You’ve already built your foundation in nursing, now use it to expand your master’s-level education and grow as a leader. Focus the next phase of your career on quality improvement, evidence-based practice and systems leadership.
Meet Our Faculty
We’re leaders in nursing and would like to help you become one, too. There’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing our holistic approach to nursing and health care advocacy techniques with eager nurses like you. Take advantage of our experience — it can help improve your performance as a nurse.
Mary Jane Rivard, D.N.P., R.N.-B.C.
Post-Master’s D.N.P. Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor
Mary Jane Rivard, D.N.P., R.N.-B.C. is a clinical assistant professor and director of the Post-Master’s D.N.P. program in the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines at the University of North Dakota. She began teaching at UND in 2014, where she discovered her passion for teaching.
Rivard began her nursing career when she earned her B.S.N. in 1991. She had the privilege of working in multiple areas of nursing throughout her career, including hospital, ambulatory and home health. She held a variety of roles from bedside nursing to managerial roles. Rivard’s passion surrounds nursing informatics and how to harness expanding technology to improve patient care. This passion led her to pursue her D.N.P. degree with a focus on informatics through the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2013. In 2015 she received her certification in informatics through the ANCC.Get to Know Us