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 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 78 credit hours for the post baccalaureate track and 33 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. 


The School of Nursing is currently accepting applications for the DNP program. The next post baccalaureate cohort will begin coursework in August, 2021. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2021. The next post master's cohort will begin in August, 2024. 



Post-Baccalaureate DNP Curriculum

Year 1: Fall

NU 510 Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)               

NU 540 Professional Role Development (2 credits)                                                      

Year 1: Winter

NU 512 Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Safety (3 credits)                                 

NU 513 Analytic Approaches for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)               

Year 1: Summer

NU 541 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)                                                                      

Year 2: Fall

NU 552 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)         

NU 554 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)                                             

Year 2: Winter                                           

NU 542 Primary Care Management -1 (3 credits)   

NU 543 Clinical Practicum -1 (4 credits)                                                

Year 2: Summer

NU 520 Health Policy and Advocacy for Improving Rural and Population Health (3 credits)                         

Year 3: Fall

NU 544 Primary Care Management - 2 (3 credits)                                 

NU 545 Clinical Practicum - 2 (4 credits)          

Year 3: Winter

NU 546 Primary Care Management - 3 (3 credits)                                    

NU 547 Clinical Practicum - 3 (4 credits)                 

Master of Science in Nursing Degree Conferred                                        


Year 4: Fall

NU 710 Research Utilization (3 credits)                     

NU 812 Interprofessional Leadership for Quality Improvement, Policy, and Health Care Transformation (4 credits)                                                                            

Year 4: Winter

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

NU 612 Statistics for Health Care Professionals (4 credits)   

Year 4: Summer

NU 726 Epidemiology (3 credits)

NU 815 Informatics for Health Care (3 credits)

Year 5: Fall   

NU 746 Primary Care Management - 4 (3 credits)

NU 749 Clinical Practicum - 4 (4 credits)                                    

* NU 899 DNP Project (1-2 credits may be taken in any semester in the curriculum. Students must successfully complete 6-credits of NU 899 to be eligible for graduation)                                                                                                 

Total Credits: 78