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, a Post Baccalaureate and a Post Master's. 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. 

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

CLS 536: Clinical Genetics (3 credits)                                             

Year 2: Winter                                           

NU 726: Epidemiology (3 credits)   

NU 820 Healthcare Policy (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 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