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DNP Careers

Increased strains on the health care system have revealed a shortage in primary and acute care providers. The United States is predicted to face a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 primary and specialty care physicians by 2033.* Skilled nurse practitioners are best positioned to help bridge this gap. Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to increase 45% between 2019 and 2029, generating 110,700 new openings.**

Nurse leaders are critical to protecting nurses, coordinating care, ensuring quality of care through research and process improvements, aiding in the delivery of cost-effective care, and more.

Graduates of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s online DNP program are expertly prepared to meet this growing demand for advanced nursing professionals and leaders. HPU DNP graduates are also prepared to work in a variety of settings including urban hospitals, rural clinics, schools, urgent care facilities, clinical research sites, community organizations, and more.

*Association of American Medical Colleges

**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers and median salaries for DNP graduates

Family Nurse Practitioner


Provide primary care services for patients across their lifespan.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


Care for adults/elderly patients with acute, chronic conditions.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Help patients of all ages better manage psychiatric conditions.

Nurse Educator


Lead the continuing education and evaluation of nurses and caregivers.

Chief Nursing Officer


Maintain and develop medical data and systems to support nursing practice.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse


Assess, diagnose, and manage patients’ health concerns and prescribe needed medications.

Director of Nursing


Lead nursing departments to ensure a high standard of patient care.

Clinical Nurse Manager


Oversee a nursing unit, take charge of staff, field patient complaints, and fix the issues.

Nurse Entrepreneur

$60,000 - $150,000

These nurses use their business knowledge and medical expertise to develop their own businesses.

Sources: BLS, PayScale, and Indeed

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