Progression through the Program
The DNP Program consists of 38 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.
The number of required courses is 13: 4 core courses, 4 advanced core courses, and 5 residency courses. The program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, depending on course availability. Students should consult with the DNP Program Director for individualized curriculum planning.
Students may be required to enroll in NUR 881 (Capstone Project Seminar), NUR 883 (Clinical Capstone Residency Seminar), or NUR 887. These courses are optional for degree completion if needed and earn one to two credits each.
The following table depicts the structure of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum for post-MSN students:
Core (3 credits per course)
NUR 702 Advanced Therapeutics
NUR 703 Professional Ethics
NUR 609 Health-Care Economics
NUR 614 Informatics and Health-Care Systems
Advanced Core (3 credits per course unless otherwise noted)
NUR 619 Clinical Issues in Genetics and Genomics (1 credit)
NUR 695 Public Policy Initiatives: Local to Global
NUR 637 Epidemiology
NUR 704 Statistics and Biostatistics
Residency (3 credits per course unless otherwise noted)
NUR 705 Patient Safety and Health-Care Outcomes
NUR 750 Translating Evidence into Practice
NUR 751 Clinical Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration
NUR 880 Clinical Capstone Project
NUR 882 Clinical Capstone Residency (4 credits)
Optional (1 credit per course)
NUR 881 Capstone Project Seminar (Pass/Fail)
NUR 883 Clinical Capstone Residency Seminar (Pass/Fail)
NUR 887 Clinical Practicum (Pass/Fail)
The DNP program requires:
The overall clinical practice hours for the DNP degree are a minimum of 1,000 hours. Students admitted to the Post-Master's DNP will have 500 practice hours satisfied by the Post-Master's Curriculum.
Clinical practice hours for DNP students with less than 500 post-BSN clinical hours will be individually evaluated based on their own transcripts. Additional clinical hours can be completed in the Program and may occur in the student's place of employment, or at health care organization sites in the state which the nurse is licensed. The practice component is conducted with the assistance of professional mentors or supervisors who practice in the community where the clinical is conducted. Goals and objectives of the practice experience are negotiated with the student's faculty adviser.