Program of Study


Key points:

  • The DNP program of study consists of 36 credits in online coursework, along with a clinical residency within the student's advanced practice specialty, and completion of a capstone project.

  • The program's convenient online courses will easily fit into the busy schedule of the working professional nurse and only include three (3) on-campus class sessions per semester.



The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a program of graduate doctoral study which builds upon the student's advanced practice clinical specialization to include study of: advanced specialty practice; systematic practice and program outcome evaluation; application of health information resources; development of safe, equitable, and cost effective health policy; innovation, implementation and evaluation of care delivery models; leadership development in health care delivery and clinical expertise for advanced nursing practice and education.



The goals of the DNP program are to prepare nurses for leadership roles in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice with an emphasis on:

  • Philosophical, ethical, and scientific principles that provide the foundation for leadership in professional nursing care;

  • Continued acquisition of knowledge and clinical skills in an area of advanced practice specialization;

  • Leadership and clinical expertise in healthcare delivery, evaluation, quality improvement and advanced practice nursing education.


Program of Study and Degree requirements - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctorate of Nursing Practice requires completion of a minimum of 36 credits. DNP students will be expected to progress in their plan of study and demonstrate satisfactory attainment of course objectives and terminal program competencies. All course work must be completed with a minimum grade of "B", or "Pass" for non-letter grade courses. Clinical performance in residency must be evaluated at a satisfactory level and grade of "Pass."



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Post MSN Program

Program of Study (Fall 2014 Admitted Cohort) Program of Study (Spring 2014 Admitted Cohort)
Fall - Semester 1 Credits
NGR 7892L Health Policy Practicum (60 hours) 3
NGR 7853 Translational Research 3
NGR 7733 Organizational Dynamics of Health Systems 3
  Total Semester Hours 9
Spring - Semester 2 Credits
NGR 7993 Knowledge Development in Nursing Science 3
NGR 7769 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3
HSA 7994 Financing and Reimbursement of Health Delivery System 3
  Total Semester Hours 9
Summer -Semester 3 Credits
NGR 7871 Healthcare Informatics 3
NGR 7854 Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 3
  Total Semester Hours 6
Fall - Semester 4 Credits
NGR 7940L Residency in Doctoral Nursing Practice I (160 hours) 2
NGR 7940 DNP Capstone Project I 2
  Total Semester Hours 4
Spring -Semester 5 Credits
NGR 7941L Residency in Doctoral Nursing Practice II (160 hours) 2
NGR 7941 DNP Capstone Project II  2
  Total Semester Hours 4
Summer -Semester 6 Credits
NGR 7942L Residency in Doctoral Nursing Practice III (160 hours) 2
NGR 7942 DNP Capstone Project III 2
  Total Semester Hours 4
Spring - Semester 1 Credits
NGR 7993 Scientific and Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NGR 7769 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3
HSA 7994 Healthcare Finance and Economics in Advanced Clinical Practice 3
  Total Semester Hours 9
Summer- Semester 2 Credits
NGR 7871 Healthcare Informatics 3
NGR 7854 Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 3
  Total Semester Hours 6
Fall - Semester 3 Credits
NGR 7892L Health Policy Practicum (60 hours) 3
NGR 7853 Translational Research 3
NGR 7733 Organizational Dynamics of Health Systems 3
  Total Semester Hours 9
Spring - Semester 4 Credits
NGR 7940L Residency in Doctoral Nursing Practice I (160 hours) 2
NGR 7940 DNP Capstone Project I 2
  Total Semester Hours 4
Summer -Semester 5 Credits
NGR 7941L Residency in Doctoral Nursing Practice II (160 hours) 2
NGR 7941 DNP Capstone Project II  2
  Total Semester Hours 4
Fall – Semester 6 Credits
NGR 7942L Residency in Doctoral Nursing Practice III (160 hours) 2
NGR 7942 DNP Capstone Project III 2
  Total Semester Hours 4

 


ALL STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW THIS PLAN
* Plan of study may change at the discretion of the Nursing Graduate Program.


Terminal Program Objectives
Upon completion of the DNP program, the graduate is expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical practice, judgment, and scholarship in nursing based on scientific knowledge underpinning practice;

  • Implement analytical methodologies for the evaluation and formulation of health care policies and practices for the clinical situations, practice environment, and the health care delivery system;

  • Evaluate and translate research to support evidence-based practice to improve health care of medically, socially, and culturally diverse populations across the life span;

  • Analyze the scientific, social, ethical, economic, political, legal and policy components of health care systems which impact health care planning, access, and delivery;

  • Access, utilize, manage, and safeguard state-of-the-science information technology and health care informatics systems for care delivery, systems operations and quality improvement;

  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams in the delivery, evaluation, and quality improvement of health care, health promotion, practice models and health policy for individuals and populations;

  • Integrate the application of scientific evidence, professional values, and ethical decision-making in advanced nursing practice and health care delivery;

  • Assume leadership roles in the development of excellence in clinical care and health care delivery systems through advanced nursing roles in clinical practice, education, or management settings.




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