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 patient's, 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, 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 two 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 curriculum includes 1000 supervised clinical practice hours. The Post Baccalaureate curriculum is listed below. The curriculum for the Post Master's track is individualized based upon prior coursework.

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Post-Baccalaureate Track

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 Health Care (3 credits)                                  

NU 710: Research Utilization (3 credits)

NU 899: Scholarly Project (2 credits)                                        

Year 2: Fall

NU 820: Health Care Policy (3 credits)         

CLS 536: Clinical Genetics (3 credits)                                             

Year 2: Winter                                           

NU 725 Epidemiology (3 credits)   

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

Year 2: Summer

NU 541: Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)                         

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; 16 hours / week)                 

Year 3: Summer

NU 744 Primary Care Management-2 (3 credits)                             

NU 745 Clinical Practicum-2 (4 credits; 25 hours / week)

NU 899: Scholarly Project (2 credits)                                            

Year 4: Fall

NU 746 Primary Care Management-2 (3 credits)                     

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

Year 4: Winter

NU 750 Clinical Capstone (1 credit)             

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

NU 899 Scholarly Project (2 credits)                                                                                                 

Total Credits: 72


Prerequisite Course:

AIS 535 – Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Graduate Research

Students who are admitted to the DNP program are required to take AIS 535 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