Nursing D.N.P.

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Nursing D.N.P.

What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree?

The need for advanced practice nursing professionals is expected to grow, and now’s the perfect time to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The UNH DNP program is designed for students who hold a master of science degree in nursing or an equivalent field. The DNP emphasizes clinical, practice-oriented leadership training, and is designed to give you the skills to have a greater impact on the world of healthcare. You’ll increase your earning potential, discover new opportunities and learn how to become a leader with the ability to improve patient outcomes and influence important health policy.

Why study your DNP at UNH?

The online DNP is designed for working professionals who want to further their education while balancing the demands of a career, family and everyday life. The program is asynchronous, meaning you’ll be able to complete readings and coursework on your own schedule. Its low residency requirements involve only two campus visits, through which you’ll be able to better connect with other students and your professors. You’ll also have the support of a full-time faculty advisor who will help you balance your workload and manage your academic schedule. Begin in January or August, and complete the coursework in 18-28 months.

Potential careers

  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Certified nurse-midwife
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Director of critical care
  • Healthcare manager
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse educator
  • Researcher

Contact

Department of Nursing
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2271
Email: nursing.department@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses for the highest level of specialized nursing practice. DNP graduates are prepared to translate evidence into practice, improve systems of care, and measure health outcomes in diverse settings. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared for culturally competent, evidence-based, system-based care, interprofessional collaboration and leadership. DNP graduates are distinguished by their abilities to:

  • Affect practice
  • Design and implement programs that improve health and healthcare delivery
  • Apply data management and informatics skills to evaluate programs, outcomes, and care systems
  • Influence health policy

Requirements for the Online Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree include:

  • 8 core courses and 3 doctoral seminars 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;
  • successful oral defense of your DNP Project; and
  • acceptance of the DNP Project Final Report by your DNP Team.

All courses are offered 100% online. Students are required to attend two on-campus residencies:

  • the first 2-3 day residency is early in the program to meet with peers and nursing faculty, and identify ideas for the DNP project; and
  • the second residency is at the end of the program, for the oral presentation and defense of the DNP Project. 

Cohorts are admitted twice a year, with starts in January and August.

The DNP program builds upon the experience of master's-­prepared nurses. Registered nurses who have obtained an MS in nursing (NP, CRNA, CNMW, CNL, CNS, Nurse Executive, Health Systems Management, Health Informatics) or equivalent degree (MBA, MHA, MPH) are welcome to apply.

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree requires students complete 21-33 credits via 11 courses.  The online DNP program aims to produce graduates prepared to improve health and care outcomes through coursework in organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement processes, and translation of evidence into practice, to name a few.

Degree Requirements

ADMN 912Managing Yourself & Leading Others3
ADMN 952Organizations, Leadership, and Environments3
MATH 837Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement and Design3
NURS 963Advanced Clinical Epidemiology3
NURS 964Technology and Health Care3
NURS 967Evidence Synthesis3
NURS 969Health Policy and Finance3
NURS 973Health Care Quality3
NURS 980Doctoral Scholarly Project I3
NURS 981Doctoral Scholarly Project II3
NURS 982Doctoral Scholarly Project III3

Students are required to successfully complete DNP coursework, have 1,000 documented advanced practice clinical hours (includes up to 500 clinical hours earned in master's program), produce a publishable scholarly paper, and successfully defend their DNP Project.

If a student completed fewer than 500 clinical hours in their Master’s program, the student must enroll in NURS 970 Clinical Practicum for Advanced Practice Nurse, under the supervision of the DNP director.  NURS 970 is a 2-credit course and allows the student to complete up to 250 clinical practicum hours; this course may be repeated once. 

Deadline

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Special: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, with priority consideration for applicants who submit application and supplemental materials by deadlines

Application fee: $65

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency, and personal character are required.

Personal Statement

The professional statement must include a written essay responding to each of the following.

  1. How will a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of New Hampshire help you attain your professional goals?
  2. Describe your current advanced nursing role and explain what you are planning to do with your nursing career in your specialty after you complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
  3. In addition to the information contained in your resume, what strengths do you possess that would contribute to your success in the Doctor of Nursing practice program and in a community of inter-professional scholars?
  4. Identify one scholarly inquiry from your practice you would like to explore as part of the DNP program (e.g., quality improvement initiative, evidence-based practice guidelines, new model of care, policy analysis).

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Resume

Curriculum vitae or resume that includes academic preparation, clinical experience and professional activities is required.

Additional Department Requirements

In addition to the standard graduate school requirements, the program requires the following:

  1. An unencumbered RN or APRN license in the United States must be documented at the time of application.
  2. RNs with a master's degree in any field are eligible to apply. Plans of study will be individualized for students without a master's in nursing on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Questions

For program-specific application questions, please contact the UNH Online Student Success Coaches: unh.online@unh.edu or 855.250.6699

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