Current DNP Students

Nursing Masters Student

The 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 patient's, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, and development and implementation of health policy. The program consists of two tracks, a post baccalaureate and a post master's. The patient population focus is families and individuals across the lifespan (Family Nurse Practitioner). Courses are delivered on a part-time basis, using a low-residency model, which includes online coursework with occasional on-campus visits. Clinical practicum hours may be completed in the student’s local community with an approved preceptor. 

The DNP curriculum is 72 credit hours for the post baccalaureate track and 45 credit hours for the post master's track. The post baccalaureate curriculum includes 1000 supervised clinical practice hours and is listed below. The post master's 
curriculum is individualized, based upon prior coursework. 
Prerequisite Course:

Students who are admitted to the DNP program are required to take AIS 535 - Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Graduate Research within 5 years prior to the start of DNP coursework. 


Post-Baccalaureate 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 Health Care Professionals (4 credits)               

Year 1: Summer

NU 815 Informatics for Health Care (3 credits)

NU 710 Research Utilization (3 credits)                                                                  

Year 2: Fall

NU 820 Health Care Policy (3 credits)

CLS 536 Clinical Genetics (3 credits)                                          

Year 2: Winter                                           

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

NU 726 Epidemiology (3 credits)

Year 2: Summer

NU 541 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits) 

Elective Course                        

Year 3: Fall

NU 552 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)         

NU 554 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)       

Year 3: Winter

NU 742 Primary Care Management -1 (3 credits)   

NU 743 Clinical Practicum -1 (4 credits)                                                            

Year 3: Summer

NU 744 Primary Care Management - 2 (3 credits)                                 

NU 745 Clinical Practicum - 2 (4 credits)    

Year 4: Fall

NU 746 Primary Care Management - 3 (3 credits)                                    

NU 747 Clinical Practicum - 3 (4 credits)                                                           

Year 4: Winter

NU 749 Clinical Practicum - 4 (4 credits)

NU 750 Clinical Capstone (1 credit)                                   

NU 899 DNP Project: (2 credits) - May be taken in any semester in the curriculum. Students must successfully complete 6-credits (three semesters) of NU 899 to be eligible for graduation)                                                                                                 

Total Credits: 72