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 hold an MS in Nursing or equivalent degree with advanced practice certification are eligible to apply. Advanced practice certification specialty areas considered include, but are not limited to, NP, CNL, CNS, CNAA, CRNA, or CNM, nurse executives, and nurse informatic specialists. Plans of study will be individualized for students without a master’s in nursing on a case-by-case basis. Additional graduate level courses may be required. This will apply to nurses with a graduate degree outside nursing, which includes the MBA, MHA, MPH and will require the full 1,000 clinical hours to complete the Online DNP program.
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 Online 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.
- 21-33 credits.
- Online courses offered in 8-week blocks (final two courses are 15 weeks).
- Full program completion in 28 months.
- Continue to work full time while enrolled.
Requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree include: successful completion of DNP courses; verification of 1,000 advanced practice clinical hours (includes up to 500 clinical hours earned in master's program); a publishable scholarly paper; and the successful defense of the DNP Project.
The Online DNP program curriculum is 33 credits and includes 11 courses delivered in 8-week terms, with one course per term, except for the last two courses, which are in 15-week terms. The length of program is 28 months.
DNP Core Curriculum
NURS 963: Advanced Clinical Epidemiology
NURS 964: Technology and Health Care
NURS 965: Organizational Leadership
NURS 967: Evidence Synthesis
NURS 969: Health Policy and Advocacy
NURS 972: Data Analysis: Quantitative Methods
MATH 837: Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement and Design
NURS 973: Health Care Quality
NURS 974: Organizational Behavior
Doctoral Seminar Sequence
NURS 980: Doctoral Seminar I
NURS 981: Doctoral Seminar II (15 week term)
NURS 982: Doctoral Seminar III (15 week term)