During the DNP program, the student will select at least 2, and up to 3, courses that should support the content, methods, or role. Cognates are “electives with a purpose” that are chosen in consultation with the student advisor and are designed to enhance the depth of understanding in the focus area of the EBP project or support the career and professional goals of the student. Sometimes this could be related to, or supportive of, the project content; for example, a course in advanced physiology, nutrition, or psychosocial responses to illness might be an appropriate course selection. For some students planning to use a large data set in the project, for example, a cognate course in large data set management or analysis would be appropriate. In addition, if students are planning a particular role after graduation, a course in management, leadership, or education might be an appropriate choice for a cognate.