Courses

The core essentials of the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) include translation of research into practice, transformational leadership, and advanced expert nursing practice. To support these essentials, other course work will include nursing/change theory, foundations of advanced nursing practice, health policy, informatics, and population-based health.

Depending on your educational background, the DNP program has two entry options:

  1. Post–Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS) for nurse administrators (61 total credits)
  2. Post–Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) entry for nurse administrators and advanced practice nurses (38–46 total credits)

The culmination of the program is an evidence-based practice project. The goal of your DNP project is to produce an actual, deliverable product that has originated from practice experience. You will identify a problem and use evidence-based research to develop a proposal to implement and evaluate a practice change initiative.

Course List - Doctor of Nursing

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has two entry options:

  1. MSN to DNP — curriculum will be composed of five components for a total of 38–46 credits. (Your total number of credits will depend on the number of practicum hours you need to meet the 1,000-hour requirement.)
    • DNP Core Courses – 15 credits
    • Other Required Courses – 17 credits
    • Advanced Practice Clinical – 0–8 credits (Your number of credits depend on the number of hours completed in the student's MSN program; if you have completed 550 hours, additional clinical practice hours are not required.)
    • DNP Project Requirement – 6 credits (minimum)
  2. B.S.N. to DNP — curriculum will be composed of seven components for a total of 61 credits.
    • Master's Core – 9 credits
    • Nurse Administrator Option Courses – 13 credits
    • DNP Core Courses – 12 credits
    • Other Required Courses – 14 credits
    • Advanced Practice Clinical – 4 credits (needed to meet the 1,000-hour requirement)
    • DNP Project Requirement – 6 credits (minimum)
    • Electives – 3 credits

Practicum Hours

A total of 1,000 hours of post–BS practicum are required in the DNP program. You may transfer 550 hours of practicum (if applicable) from the master's program. The remaining hours are accomplished through various courses in the DNP curriculum that include practicum hours as part of the coursework. Practicum hour plans will be developed in consultation with the course faculty member and with the approval of the DNP faculty adviser. Development of the plans for practicum experiences begins with your admission to the program. The practicum planning process involves establishing a site affiliation agreement with the practicum site and identifying a preceptor(s). You will be responsible for identifying potential practicum sites and preceptors and working with the Assistant Dean for Online Education and Outreach at the College of Nursing to accomplish the affiliation agreement process. Some students choose to complete practicum requirements at their place of employment and other students identify alternate practicum sites. 

MSN to DNP Curriculum

DNP Core Courses (15 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Evidence-Based Practice I: Theory and Research Methods NURS 830 Foundations in evidence-based research for nursing practice. 3 credits
Evidence-Based Practice II: Translation of Research NURS 831 Evaluation and translation of evidence-based research into nursing practice.

Prerequisite: NURS 830
3 credits
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Leadership I NURS 832 Doctor of Nursing Practice transformational leadership to improve healthcare delivery and quality outcomes.
 
3 credits
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Leadership II NURS 833 Doctor of Nursing Practice transformational leadership to improve healthcare delivery and quality outcomes.

Prerequisite: NURS 832
3 credits
Evidence-Based Practice III: Project Development NURS 837

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project plan will be developed focusing on design, sample, data collection, projected outcomes, resourcing, plan for analysis, and sustainability. Students will collaborate with key stakeholders to build project support. Students will complete steps for Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission. The course includes 75 hours of required clinical practicum hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 830, NURS 831

3 credits
Other Required Courses (17 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Colloquium NURS 590 Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers. 1 credit
Ethics in Nursing Research NURS 587 Provides the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to design and conduct ethically responsible social and behavioral health research.

Prerequisite: master of science degree
1 credit
Perspectives in Population-Based Health NURS 808 Theories and strategies for promoting health in community aggregates with emphasis on vulnerable and underserved populations of diverse backgrounds. 3 credits
Healthcare Informatics NURS 836 This course provides a foundation in information systems and technology for improvement of healthcare. 3 credits
Healthcare Economics and Policy for Nurse Administrators NURS 845 Concepts of health care economics and policy for nurse administrators. 3 credits
Epidemiologic Research Methods STAT 507 Research and quantitative methods for analysis of epidemiologic observational studies. Non-randomized, intervention studies for human health, and disease treatment. 3 credits
Applied Research Methods STAT 800 Investigates methods for assessing data collected from experimental and/or observational studies in various research setting. 3 credits
DNP Project (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Doctor of Nursing Practice  Project NURS 835 The Doctor of Nursing Practice project demonstrates clinical scholarship in an area of practice. Prerequisite: NURS 831 2 credits, repeated

B.S. to DNP Curriculum

Master's Core (9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Issues in Nursing and Health Care NURS 501 Analysis and evaluation of the health care system with emphasis on health policy and economic issues affecting nursing practice. 3 credits
Theoretical and Scientific Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice NURS 510 Examines the relationship of nursing theories to the development of nursing science, as well as current scientific advances that guide nursing practice and research. 3 credits
Evidenced-Based Practice I: Theory and Research Methods NURS 830 This course will provide foundational information regarding the concept of evidence-based research to achieve optimal patient care outcomes. 3 credits
Nurse Administrator Option Courses (13 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Healthcare Economics and Policy for Nurse Administrators NURS 845 Concepts of health care economics and policy for nurse administrators. 3 credits
Leadership Concepts and Theories for Nurse Administrators NURS 846 Concepts and theories of leadership for nurse administrators. 3 credits
Human Resource and Workforce Issues for Nurse Administrators NURS 847 Human resource management and workforce issues for nurse administrators.

Prerequisite: NURS 846
3 credits
Synthesis and Application of the Nurse Administrator Role NURS 848A Practicum in the application of the nurse administrator role in health care settings.

Prerequisite: NURS 845; NURS 846; NURS 847
4 credits
DNP Core Courses (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Evidence-Based Practice II: Translation of Research NURS 831 Evaluation and translation of evidence-based research into nursing practice.

Prerequisite: NURS 830
3 credits
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Leadership I NURS 832 Foundations of Doctor of Nursing Practice transformational leadership in complex health care settings.

Prerequisite: NURS 831
3 credits
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Leadership II NURS 833 Doctor of Nursing Practice transformational leadership to improve health care delivery and quality outcomes.

Prerequisite: NURS 832
3 credits
Evidence-Based Practice III: Project Development NURS 837

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project plan will be developed focusing on design, sample, data collection, projected outcomes, resourcing, plan for analysis, and sustainability. Students will collaborate with key stakeholders to build project support. Students will complete steps for Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission. The course includes 75 hours of required clinical practicum hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 830, NURS 831

3 credits
Other Required Courses (14 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Colloquium NURS 590 Continuing seminars that consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers. 1 credit
Ethics in Nursing Research NURS 587 Provides the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to design and conduct ethically responsible social and behavioral health research.

Prerequisite: master of science degree
1 credit
Perspectives in Population-Based Health NURS 808 Theories and strategies for promoting health in community aggregates with emphasis on vulnerable and underserved populations of diverse backgrounds. 3 credits
Healthcare Informatics NURS 836 This course provides a foundation in information systems and technology for improvement of healthcare. 3 credits
Epidemiologic Research Methods STAT 507 Research and quantitative methods for analysis of epidemiologic observational studies. Non-randomized, intervention studies for human health, and disease treatment. 3 credits
Applied Research Methods STAT 800 Investigates methods for assessing data collected from experimental and/or observational studies in various research setting. 3 credits
Advanced Practical Clinical (3-4 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum NURS 834 The focus of the clinical practicum is planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based interventions to address a healthcare problem. 1–4 credits per semester (maximum of 8 credits)
DNP Project (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Doctor of Nursing Practice Project NURS 835 The Doctor of Nursing Practice project demonstrates clinical scholarship in an area of practice.

Prerequisite: NURS 831
2 credits, repeated
Electives (3 credits)
Description Credits
Students can choose from a diverse list of online courses preselected by the program to satisfy this requirement. 3 credits

DNP Project

The DNP project is an important aspect of the program. You and your advising team will meet prior to the beginning of the first semester to begin planning your DNP project. Project identification and development progress along with coursework will align with evidenced-based practice and quality improvement initiatives. You will present project related presentations at varying points during the program. Please see the Benchmarks section for more details. The culmination of the program is an evidence-based practice project. The goal of the DNP project is to produce an actual, deliverable product that has originated from practice experience. You will identify a problem and use evidence-based research to develop a proposal to implement and evaluate a practice change initiative.

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