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“I felt compelled to return to school because I wanted the increased responsibility of decision making and working more closely with patients to develop plans of care,” said Jonathan Gibson, KCON Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alum.  Gibson previously graduated from KCON’s Traditional BSN program.

KCON’s DNP program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice.  It is the only program of its type in West Michigan and offers two emphasis areas: Advanced Practice Nursing (Child/Adolescent or Adult/Older Adult) and Health Systems Leadership. The curriculum is consistent with the national agenda to transform American healthcare through interprofessional collaboration, healthcare policy advocacy, patient-centered care, quality/safety initiatives, and use of informatics.

“I absolutely love the freedom to help people be as healthy as they can be.  My patients appreciate the thoughtful approach to the treatment plans I develop for them as a nurse practitioner,” shared Gibson.   

Gibson currently works with migrant farmworkers and the underserved as a nurse practitioner in a primary care setting as well as in a nephrology practice providing care to patients with chronic kidney disease.

“KCON faculty teaching in our DNP program are well-prepared and in many cases practice in their areas of expertise.  Doctoral students should expect accomplished faculty and a very high level of quality from their program,” shared Cynthia McCurren, dean and professor at KCON. 

Post-BSN students complete KCON’s DNP degree with approximately four years of full-time study. The program bypasses the MSN and heads straight to a terminal doctorate, hence the four-year timeframe.

“The faculty were well-prepared and the programs intense, rigorous and rewarding. My experiences at KCON were by far the hardest things I’ve ever done, and I am proud to say I’m a Laker Nurse for a Lifetime,” said Gibson. 

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