Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP
The low-residency, online DNP program is a post-master's, practice-focused program that prepares leaders in practice. The low residency involves two required visits to campus; one for a 2-3 day intensive residency early in the program and a second to present and defend the scholarly project in the final semester. All courses are offered fully online. The online program admits students into two cohorts per year, in January and August starting in January 2016.
Applicants who are certified in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice (NP, CNL, CNS, CNAA, CRNA, or CNM), nurse executives, or nurse informaticists are eligible to apply. The purpose of the DNP is to prepare clinically focused advanced practice nurses who are capable of translating knowledge into the clinical setting. DNP prepared practitioners address the multiple strengths and weaknesses in the current health care systems through roles as leaders, educators and agents of change. The transfer of knowledge by DNP graduates positively impacts the development of individuals, families, communities, society and the discipline of nursing.
DNP Scholar Grants
The mission of the DNP Scholar Grants is to develop future leaders in clinical practice.
The Department of Nursing will consider all DNP program applicants for a DNP Scholar grant upon review of their completed application. The grant award is half tuition for each DNP course while the student is in good academic standing (must earn a minimum “B" grade in all courses). DNP Scholar grants are competitive and limited in number. Criteria for selection is based on review of the entire DNP program application including student’s prior academic performance, clinical experience, leadership experience, scholarly presentations and/or published research, significant volunteer work, essay and letters of recommendation. Applicants will be notified of grant awards in their DNP program welcome letter.
- 33 credits.
- Online courses offered in 8 or 16 week blocks.
- Program completion in 30 months.
- Continue to work full time while enrolled.
Requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree include: 11 courses completed at the level of B- or better; verification of 1,000 advanced practice clinical hours (includes up to 500 clinical hours earned in master's program); a publishable scholarly paper and successful defense of DNP Project.