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This concentration is directed toward professional nurses who seek the scholarship, skills and capacity to lead effective change in systems, organizations and practice environments, using innovation theories and methodologies as the frame for their leadership practice. The focus is on improving health care through facilitating a culture of best practice and providing skills necessary to develop advanced practice nursing leaders for the future.
The DNP program with a concentration in innovation leadership, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is directed toward professional nurses who seek the scholarship, skills and capacity to lead effective change in systems, organizations and practice environments, using innovation theories and methodologies as the frame for their leadership practice. This concentration focuses on improving health care through facilitating a culture of best practice and providing skills necessary to develop advanced practice nursing leaders for the future.
Graduates of this program are able to facilitate the application and integration of research into clinical practice using innovative approaches across multiple settings to improve health care, patient outcomes and health care systems.
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 or three times per semester.
Advanced Nursing Practice (Innovation Leadership), DNP
Edson 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.
Courses for full time students are typically sequenced as follows in the Sample Program of Study. For part time students, a program of study will be modified based on this course sequencing.
Questions about this concentration? Please contact Lynda Root.
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Required Core (21 credit hours)
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 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)
Concentration (13 credit hours)
DNP 713 Analysis of Organizational Cultures in Health Care (3)
DNP 714 Professional Relationships in Healthcare (3)
DNP 716 Leadership of Innovation in Health Care (4)
NUR 640 Integrative Theories of Innovation Health Care (3)
Other Requirement (20 credit hours)
DNP 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 679 Biostatistics: Principals of Statistical Inference (3)
DNP 703 Innovation in Communication: Scholarly and Professional Writing (2)
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 (18 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
Applied Project: DNP 712 Clinical Residency and Management (12)
Additional Curriculum Information
Completion of an evidence-based doctoral applied project focused on a clinical issue relevant to advanced practice nursing is required.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center has recommended a minimum of 1,000 postbaccalaureate practicum hours for all students completing a nurse practitioner doctoral program. This program includes 1,125 practicum hours, exceeding the ANCC requirement.
For electives or research, students should 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.
Other requirement coursework may be substituted with approval of the academic unit if the student is in an approved concurrent program.
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