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DNP graduates are prepared to practice at the most advanced level of nursing. This program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is designed for master's degree-prepared advanced practice nurses seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Courses are designed for clinical experts and are innovative, interesting and organized to provide students with expert colleagues and mentors across the U.S. who can challenge them to take their practice to a new level.
Graduates of this program will be able to facilitate the application and integration of research into clinical practice using innovative approaches to improve health care outcomes of populations and individuals across multiple settings.
This program is offered in a hybrid iCourse and in-person format that requires students to travel to campus for up to a week for orientation at the beginning of the program and two to three times per semester.
Advanced Nursing Practice, DNP
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Priority Deadline: December 15
Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after this deadline. Apply as soon as possible for consideration.
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Required Core (41 credit hours)
DNP 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 604 Advanced Human Pathophysiology Across Lifespan (4)
DNP 605 Advanced Health Assessment Across Lifespan (3)
DNP 608 Applied Pharmacotherapeutics Across Lifespan (3)
DNP 609 Advanced Practice Nursing Role (1)
DNP 679 Biostatistics: Principals of Statistical Inference (3)
DNP 703 Innovation in Communication: Scholarly and Professional Writing (2)
DNP 704 Principles of Evidence-Based Care in Advanced Practice (4)
DNP 705 Health Care Outcome Management (3)
DNP 708 Systems Thinking in a Complex Healthcare Environment (3)
DNP 709 Individual and Innovation Leadership in Healthcare Practice (3)
DNP 711 Healthcare Policy and Innovation (3)
DNP 715 Dynamics and Principles of Information in Health Care (3)
Electives and Research (28 credit hours)
Other Requirement (12 credit hours)
DNP 712 Clinical Residency and Management (12)
Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
DNP 707 Disseminating Evidence to Advance Best Practice in Health Care and Health Policy (3)
Additional Curriculum Information
Applicants to the post-master's program should identify a relevant clinical issue related to advanced practice nursing that they would like to pursue during their doctoral program. Students will complete 540 hours of clinical practice residency and the program courses. Completion of an evidence-based doctoral applied project is required. Each project will be developed individually with each student. Each student will have a primary mentor working with them on the project. Clinical practice residency hours will be used to complete the project in a practice setting; work settings may be included, but specific objectives will be developed individually with each student that may be different from the student's job. Experiences with disadvantaged and multicultural populations are encouraged as are experiences in rural areas, and sites are available for these experiences.
For electives or research, students shouuld see the academic unit for the approved course list. Other coursework may be used with the approval of the academic unit.
When approved by the student's supervisory committee and the Graduate College, this program allows up to 30 credit hours from a previously awarded master's degree to be used for this program and up to 10 credit hours of clinical coursework from their Master of Science degree for a total of 40 credit hours.
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