Progression Through the Program
The DNP Program consists of 35 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.
The program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, depending on course availability. Students will 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. These optional courses are available for ongoing clinical hours or Capstone Project completion and are pass/fail.
The following depicts the structure of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum for post-MSN students:
NUR 702 Advanced Therapeutics (4 credits)
NUR 703 Professional Ethics (3 credits)
NUR 609 Health-Care Economics (3 credits)
NUR 614 Informatics and Health-Care Systems (3 credits)
NUR 619 Clinical Issues in Genetics and Genomics (1 credit)
NUR 695 Public Policy Initiatives: Local to Global (3 credits)
NUR 637 Epidemiology (3 credits)
NUR 704 Statistics and Biostatistics (3 credits)
NUR 705 Patient Safety and Health-Care Outcomes (3 credits)
NUR 750 Translating Evidence into Practice (3 credits)
NUR 751 Clinical Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 credits)
NUR 880 Clinical Capstone Project (3 credits)
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)
CAPSTONE PROJECT REQUIREMENT
The Capstone Project (CP) is a scholarly experience using principles of evidence-based practice and research translation that is designed to provide students with a guided opportunity to address a meaningful practice concern relevant to nursing and meaningful to healthcare systems, processes, and/or outcomes. The CP end-product will be a tangible, deliverable project for and formal paper suitable for development into publishable manuscript. This product will be reviewed and evaluated by an academic committee. The CP should be a synthesis of the student’s work and lay the groundwork for future scholarly endeavors.
Students, working closely with faculty members, identify an issue or question within nursing practice that is of clinical interest and conduct a scholarly review and synthesis of the related literature. Students develop a project around this issue or question, implement and evaluate this project, and disseminate findings and recommendations.