Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Nursing Masters StudentThe Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities. This includes direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, and development and implementation of health policy. The proposed program consists of two tracks, an MSN to DNP and a BSN to DNP. The patient population focus consists of families and individuals across the lifespan (family nurse practitioner). Courses will be delivered on a part-time basis, using a combination of on-campus and online (hybrid) teaching/learning methods. On-campus meetings are typically scheduled one day per month. Clinical internship hours may be completed in the student’s local community with an approved preceptor. Students will take elective courses in nursing education.

The DNP program consists of 77 credit hours for the BSN to DNP track and 50 credits for the MSN to DNP track which includes 1000 supervised clinical practice hours. The program is completed in three years for the MSN to DNP track and four years for the BSN to DNP track. The BSN to DNP curriculum is listed below. The curriculum for MSN to DNP students is individualized based upon prior coursework. On-campus class meetings are usually scheduled one day per month.
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BSN to DNP Curriculum

Year 1: Fall

NU 801: Foundations of Nursing Theory (3 credits)               

NU 803: Leadership (3 credits)                                                      

Year 1: Winter

NU 805 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)                                 

NU 612 Statistics for Healthcare Professionals (4 credits)               

Year 1: Summer

NU 815: Informatics for Healthcare (3 credits)                                  

NU 710: Research Utilization (3 credits)

NU 899: Scholarly Project (2 credits)                                        

Year 2: Fall

NU 818: Evidence Based and Translational Methods (3 credits)         

NU 820: Healthcare Policy (3 credits)                                              

Year 2: Winter

CLS 536: Clinical Genetics (3 credits)                                              

NU 726: Epidemiology (3 credits)                                                    

Year 2: Summer

NU 541: Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)

NU 899: Scholarly Project (2 credits)                          

Year 3: Fall

NU 552: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)                                 

NU 562: Foundations of Nursing Education (3 credits)          

Year 3: Winter

NU 554: Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)                                    

NU 569: Nursing Education Practicum (2 credits)                 

Year 3: Summer

NU 742 Primary Care Management-1 (3 credits)                             

NU 743 Clinical Practicum-1 (4 credits; 16 hours / week)                                             

Year 4: Fall

NU 744 Primary Care Management-2 (3 credits)                     

NU 745 Clinical Practicum-2 (4 credits; 16 hours / week)                                                                                      

Year 4: Winter

NU 746 Primary Care Management-3 (3 credits)              

NU 747 Clinical Practicum-3 (4 credits; 16 hours / week)                                    

NU 899 Scholarly Project (2 credits)                                             

Year 4: Summer

NU 749: Clinical Practicum-4 (4 credits; 16 hours / week)                                          

NU 750 Clinical Internship Capstone (1 credit)                                                                          

Total Credits: 77


Prerequisite Course:

AIS 435 – Research using Digital Information Resources

Students who are admitted to the DNP program are required to take AIS 435 within 5 years prior to the start of DNP coursework. The course is offered during the summer semester prior to the start of the DNP program