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FAQs, DNP

Why pursue a DNP?

The DNP degree program curriculum is designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses for clinical leadership and delivery of culturally competent, evidence-based disease management and systems-based care to improve health in urban and rural communities. With the passage of the Patient Accountability and Protection Act (2010), 30 million Americans are expected to enter the health care delivery system. In the context of a health care complexity, notable primary care provider shortage, and existing health disparities, more advanced practice nurses prepared at the highest level of practice will be needed to provide evidence-based disease management care to populations with multiple chronic conditions as well as to assure quality and safety in the health care delivery system.

Who should apply to this program?

RNs with baccalaureate degrees, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists who seek to improve the health care system through evidence-based practice. Those who seek to demonstrate inter-professional team-based care and provide clinical leadership for health providers and students should apply.

How many credits are required to complete the DNP Post-Master’s Curriculum? 

The curriculum can be completed in 37 credits depending on the courses taken in the previous advanced practice registered nurse population role focused master’s program. The program is designed with 21 credits in core courses and 16 credits in clinical practicum coursework; however, students are required to enroll in a DNP project advisement course (NURS889) until the project is completed. 

How many clinical hours are expected?

Students take 560 hours in DNP clinical practicum in direct and/or systems-based care.

How long does it take to complete the post-master’s DNP program?

The post-master’s program can be completed in 18 months full time and 3 years part time depending on the gap analysis of previous coursework and student continuous enrollment.

Is a project required?

Yes, an evidence-based practice improvement project will be designed, implemented, and evaluated. It also serves to contribute to practice improvement and demonstrate that DNP essentials and advanced practice competencies are achieved. It is one strategy used to substantiate that individual student learning outcomes have been achieved.