The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online post master’s 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.
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
The DNP is a 35 credit hour program. All course work will be provided in an online format. Students will spend up to 2-3 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, with students receiving dates 120 days in advance for years 2 and 3). Students complete didactic coursework in a part-time program (minimum of 6 semesters). Graduation is based upon successful completion of all coursework and a Practice Integration Project (PIP). DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 hours, including precepted practicum hours earned in the MS Nursing Program.
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.
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.