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. Core and advanced core courses must be completed before residency courses. The program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, depending on course availability and length of time requirements. Students must enroll with full-time status once beginning their Residency and Capstone courses. Students should consult with the DNP Program Director for individualized planning.
In addition to the required courses, students may be required to enroll in NUR 881 (Capstone Project Seminar) and/or NUR 883 (Clinical Capstone Residency Seminar). Both courses earn one credit.
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 696 Grant-Writing Seminar or NUR 637 Epidemiology (special permission)
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)
Note: Post-MBA or MHA or equivalent students are required to complete a nursing research and evidence-based bridge (NUR 604 and NUR 605). These courses may be in lieu of NUR 702 Advanced Therapeutics and NUR 609 Health-care Economics, with permission, depending on careful and individualized review of previously completed graduate coursework. Advanced Core and Residency courses are unchanged.