Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Post-Masters DNP has been designed with a focus on advanced practice and leadership roles, with a particular emphasis on translational techniques for evidence-based practice. The Post-Masters DNP program is unique and distinguished from the PhD Program in the School of Nursing in terms of program objectives as well as curriculum. The DNP offers a clinically focused curriculum to prepare expert clinicians and has been structured to award a professional degree.
Graduates of the program will meet outcome competencies and upon completion of the program will be able to:
- Design and evaluate new models of care based on integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and related disciplines
- Translate evidence to guide practice and improve outcomes of care
- Analyze data which predicts and explains variations in practice
- Provide inter-professional leadership within an increasing complex health care delivery system
- Prepare leaders to use information systems and technology to support and improve patient care and health care systems
- Prepare leaders to direct and deliver high quality, cost-effective care
- Shape health policy and systems of health care in the local, regional, state, national, and international forums
- Perform independently at the most advanced level of ethical specialty nursing practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is a practice focused doctoral program designed to prepare expert nurse clinicians and executive leaders for the highest level of practice to improve health and healthcare outcomes. The emphasis is on innovative and evidence-based nursing practice, applying research processes to decision-making, and translating research findings to increase the effectiveness of both direct and indirect patient care outcomes.
All candidates are required to enroll in a sequence of three core courses devoted to translational development. The courses will focus on populations, translation of evidence to support quality care, management of care, senior leadership roles in healthcare and the development and implementation of health policy.
DNP candidates will prepare a scholarly project that demonstrates a synthesis of the student’s abilities, lay the groundwork for future practice scholarship and demonstrate mastery of an advanced practice specialty.
DNP students must meet a minimum 1,000 hours of advanced clinical experience. The Residency will allow students to build and assimilate knowledge for advanced specialty practice at a high level of complexity. The Residency may be up to 6 credits based on the students’ previous clinical experience within their Masters education (applicants that did not complete a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist focused Masters will be required to complete 6 credits of Residency, Applicants that completed an advanced practice Masters will complete 3 credits of Residency).
Current DNP Course Schedule
|Fall 2012 ||Winter 2013||Spring/Summer 2013|
|September 6-7||January 10-11||May 9-10|
|October 4-5||February 7-8||June 6-7|
|November 8-9||March 14-15||June 27-28|
|December 6-7||April 18-19||July 25-26|
|Fall 2013||Winter 2014||Spring/Summer 2014|
|September 5-6||January 9-10||May 8-9|
|October 3-4||February 6-7||June 5-6|
|November 7-8||March 13-14||June 26-27|
|December 5-6||April 17-18||July 24-25|
See the application requirements for this program.
Listed below is the basic plan of study and required courses for the DNP Program. The School of Nursing is committed to working with students to help them balance the demands of graduate education with their other personal and professional commitments. As such, students can select from full-time and part-time program plans.
|N800||Graduate Statistics for Advanced Practice and Research||3||Winter|
|N802||Introduction to Epidemiology||3||Fall & Winter|
|N810||Scientific Foundations for the Practice Doctrate|| |
|N812||Clinical Leadership in Complex Systems||4||Winter|
|N815||Quality and Safety||3||Fall|
|N816||Policy Analysis and Transformation in Healthcare||3||Winter|
|N900||Seminar in Research Synthesis||N810||3||Winter|
|N910||Translation, Implementation Science and Comparative Effectiveness||N900||3||Spring/Summer|
Fall, Winter &
|N955||DNP Scholarly Project||N900||6|
Fall, Winter &
Sample Plans of Study for DNP Students
Sample Plan of Study: Full Time, 18 Months (37 credits), Fall Term Start
|Fall Term||Winter Term||Spring/Summer Term||Fall Term|
|Total Credits||12||Total Credits||10||Total Credits||6||Total Credits||9|
Sample Plan of Study: Full Time, 24 Months (37 credits), Fall Term Start
|Fall Term||Winter Term||Spring/Summer Term||Fall Term||Winter Term|
|Total Credits||9||Total Credits||7||Total Credits||5||Total Credits||9||Total Credits||7|
Sample Plan of Study: Part-time, 36 Months (40 credits), Fall Term Start
|Fall Term - Year 1||Winter Term - Year 1||Spring/Summer Term - Yr. 1|
|Total Credits||6||Total Credits||4||Total Credits||3|
|Fall Term - Year 2||Winter Term - Year 2||Spring/Summer Term - Yr. 2|
|Total Credits||6||Total Credits||6||Total Credits||5|
|Fall Term - Year 3||Winter Term - Year 3|
|Total Credits||5||Total Credits||5|
Sample Plan of Study: Part-time, 24 Months (40 credits), Winter Term Start
|Winter Term - Year 1||Spring/Summer Term - Yr. 1||Fall Term - Year 1|
|Total Credits||10||Total Credits||6||Total Credits||3|
|Winter Term - Year 2||Spring/Summer Term - Yr. 2||Fall Term - Year 2|
|Total Credits||5||Total Credits||5||Total Credits||8|