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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Clemson University School of Nursing is offering a hybrid post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with Concentrations as a Family (FNP), Adult/Gerontology (A/GNP) or Pediatric (PNP) Nurse Practitioner and a track in Health Systems Leadership (HSL) beginning May 2022. 

We also offer an on-line Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) track for nationally certified Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS).

About the Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused program designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. Students focus heavily on innovative and evidence-based practice, reflecting the application of credible research findings. Students in a practice-based program carry out a practice application-oriented conclusive project, which is an integral part of the integrative practice experience. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a terminal degree with outlined essentials by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/AACN-Essentials).

Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a hybrid nursing degree program focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, healthcare policy and advocacy, inter-professional collaboration, and expert clinical, advanced nursing practice. The DNP  program will prepare advanced practice nurses (APNs) at the highest level of practice for leadership roles applying and translating research into practice with the goal of producing expert clinical leaders for positions in practice.

Program of Study

The Post- baccalaureate DNP is a 74-credit hour program. All course work will be provided in a hybrid format (some on campus, some virtual, plus clinical rotations). Students complete didactic coursework in a full-time program over at last 9 semesters. Graduation is based upon successful completion of all coursework and a DNP project. DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 clinical hours.

Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice

(Please note: due to the phasing in of the Post-Masters DNP, the 2022 admitted cohort will be on a three (3) year part-time Plan of Study)

The Post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online degree program focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, healthcare policy and advocacy, inter-professional collaboration, and expert clinical, advanced nursing practice. The DNP  program will prepare advanced practice nurses (APNs) at the highest level of practice for leadership roles applying and translating research into practice with the goal of producing expert clinical leaders for positions in practice.

Program of Study

The DNP is a 35-credit hour program. All course work will be provided in an online format. Students will spend up to 1-2 days a year during the summer in on-campus immersion experiences for a program orientation and translational research symposia (a maximum of three summer immersions is anticipated), is planned for the last Thursday and Friday of July each year, beginning with the DNP Orientation in year one (1). Students complete didactic coursework in a part-time program (minimum of 6 semesters). Graduation is based upon successful completion of all coursework and a DNP project. DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 hours, including precepted practicum hours earned in the MS Nursing Program.

Objectives

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate relationship centered nursing leadership to improve the healthcare, health status, and health outcomes of individuals, families, communities and populations while addressing health disparities.
  • Integrate biopsychosocial, cultural, organizational/systems, informatics, ethical and legal knowledge with nursing science as a foundation for expert clinical nursing practice in a specific nursing clinical specialization.
  • Engage in interprofessional, collaborative partnerships to frame problems, design and implement evidence- based interventions and evaluate outcomes.
  • Formulate health promotion, disease prevention and treatment strategies that translate and integrate genetics/genomics, individual behaviors and lifestyle factors, family, community and culture, social and economic forces, and public and person health systems addressing access, quality and safety.
  • Transform practice through knowledge reflection, knowledge-based resources, information technology/informatics, strategic resource management and evidence-based practice research/action inquiry.
  • Translate knowledge for application in the delivery of advanced nursing practice and nursing administration/health leadership.
  • Implement changes based on evaluation of health systems, health policy, and nursing science in response to social, political, economic and ethical issues.
  • Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences.

Research

Students will complete a Practice Integration Project Design (PIP) designed to demonstrate clinical scholarship by utilizing the evidence to improve practice and healthcare outcomes.

In addition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the School of Nursing offers a Master of Science, major in Nursing degree with Family Nurse Practitioner (primary care), Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (primary care), Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist options.

State Reciprocity

South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs. State authorization allows CU the ability to offer online programs to students who live outside of SC OR enroll students in learning placements that will take place outside of SC (such as internships, clinicals, practicums, and student teaching). CU must meet all of the regulatory requirements, including those from licensure/certification boards, of the state where the student physically resides or where an activity will take place. IT IS IMPERATIVE YOU UNDERSTAND THE REGULATIONS FOR YOUR STATE PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN ANY ACADEMIC PROGRAM OR COURSE. Please review our state authorizations to determine if specific program offerings or learning placements are available in the state which you will be physically located while enrolled. If you experience difficulty finding the requirements for a specific state, please email stateauth@clemson.edu for help.

If you are expecting a change in your physical location, contact the State Authorization office as soon as you know the anticipated location(s). Physical presence in a location where we do not meet state regulatory requirements can negatively impact our ability to offer you federal financial aid, military tuition assistance, or your continuation within the program. These restrictions extend to courses taken online over the summer, internships, clinicals or other forms of learning placements if they are conducted outside of an approved state. Students are responsible for providing accurate and updated information about their physical presence to the institution. Early notification allows the institution to minimize, but may not prevent, the possibility of program delays/offerings.

Applying

**Applications close on January 1st of each year.**
**Accepted students begin in May.**

The following requirements need to be met for an admission application to be considered:

  • Completion of the on-line application at Online Application
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Master’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Cumulative (All college credits) and masters of nursing GPA of 3.25 or higher - applicants who attended a program with mostly or all pass/fail grades will not be considered competitive
  • Official transcripts from all previous programs.
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students. TOEFL score (may be required by applicants for whom English is not their first language).
  • Three letters of Recommendation addressing academic ability and practice knowledge/skills from masters or doctorally prepared individuals (supervisors, MDs, NPs, etc). Prefer one from a nursing faculty from your undergraduate program, one from a supervisor, and one from a health care professional who is familiar with your clinical skills.
  • Unencumbered, active Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN – NP or CNS) license throughout the duration of the program for state in which DNP Project will be completed
  • Current NP/CNS national certification in specialty area (throughout duration of program)
  • Graduate course in statistics’
  • Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement – background, career goals and how the DNP program will support fulfillment of your goals

Post Admission Requirements:

  • Background Check (srandi.com). A positive background check may preclude students from completing the clinical requirements thus preventing completion of the program.
  • Professional liability insurance with the non-direct care rider
  • Nursing practice verification of hours
  • Master’s program verification of hours
  • Letter of support from practice or healthcare institution/system for DNP Project
  • There will be a mandatory on campus immersion experience the last Thursday and Friday of July of each year in the program

Note: As of January 1, 2017, applicants who graduated from program(s) that award pass/fail grades for all courses will not be considered competitive applicants.

Financial

The School or Program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Program Contact

Ellen B. Chiles, M.Ed
Student Services Coordinator
Office: 467 CU Nursing building
Phone: 864-720-2052
Email: achiles@clemson.edu

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