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DNP graduates are prepared to practice at the most advanced level of nursing. This Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, provides a foundation for the specialty through graduate courses in the application of theory to advance practice. The focus is on development of expertise in providing primary care to individuals of all ages within traditional, nontraditional and culturally diverse families. Courses are designed to prepare the student for certification in advanced practice nursing as a family nurse practitioner.
This program is offered in a hybrid iCourse format that requires students to travel to campus for up to a week for orientation at the beginning of the program and then two or three times per semester.
Focused clinical experiences are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators. Every attempt will be made to arrange this in the student's geographical area. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in that area or if the faculty determine the student needs additional faculty supervision of skills, the student will be required to complete their clinical experience in the Phoenix area. Experiences with disadvantaged and multicultural populations are encouraged as are experiences in rural areas, and sites are available for these experiences.
Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Priority Deadline: December 15
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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 Outcomes 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)
Concentration (34 credit hours)
DNP 633 Family Health Promotion (3)
DNP 634 Family Health Promotion Practicum (3)
DNP 635 Management of Common Health Problems in Children, Adults and Families (3)
DNP 636 Management of Common Health Problems in Children, Adults and Families Practicum (5)
DNP 637 Management of Complex and Chronic Health Problems in Children, Adults and Families (3)
DNP 638 Management of Complex and Chronic Health Problems in Children, Adults and Families Practicum (5)
DNP 712 Clinical Residency and Management (12)
Electives and Research (6 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
DNP 707 Disseminating Evidence to Advance Best Practice in Health Care and Health Policy (3)
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 DNP. 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.
Simulation & Learning Resources (SLR) provides a clinical simulation experience to students and faculty in the Nursing program in addition to providing interprofessional simulation experiences. The simulation experience is a teaching technique in which students make assessments, exercise clinical decision-making skills, and provide interventions within varying levels of fidelity. Our 18,000 sq. ft. facility is equipped with state of the art technology resources, including simulation suites with patient rooms, skills labs, a health assessment lab, and a computer library commons. SLR supports hands-on skill development both in person and through the extensive online resources and video library.
This program is offered in a hybrid-online format. Several different modalities are used to enhance the student’s learning, including multimedia presentations, asynchronous discussion boards, and live chats. Travel to campus is required for up to a week for orientation at the beginning of your program, and after that only 2 – 3 times per semester ( 2 – 3 day sessions), depending on the courses being taught; students will encounter concentrated lab and interactive case-based seminar experiences. A schedule of immersion sessions will be posted at least 2 months in advance of each semester.
Focused clinical experiences are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators. Every attempt will be made to arrange this in the student's geographical area. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in that area, the student will be required to complete their clinical experience in the Phoenix area. Rural health and experiences with disadvantaged and multi-cultural populations are encouraged.
Boards of Nursing (BON) in some states have instituted rules related to students enrolled in out-of-state advanced practice nursing programs. These rules often pertain to the clinical practicum hours. Please check with your State Board of Nursing to determine if there are any restrictions or special rules, in your state, that affect your ability to do a clinical practicum in your state while enrolled in an out of state advanced practice nursing program.
At the completion of the program, students are eligible to take the exam for national certification from either of these organizations.
Learn the differences between a DNP and PhD degree.