Decker School of Nursing

Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP)

This program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs for the future—tomorrow's practice. The DNP program will incorporate the advanced practice content and competencies currently taught in the master's program. The DNP focuses on providing graduates with knowledge and competence in health systems leadership, policy development, and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health care quality and increase health care access for all populations. Transforming health care delivery recognizes the critical need for clinicians to design, evaluate, and continuously improve the context within which care is delivered.

Advanced practice nurses prepared at the doctoral level with a blend of clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills will significantly impact health care outcomes. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for innovative and evidence-based nursing practice. This requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research and decision-making and implementing viable clinical innovations to change practice.

Students holding a master's degree (post-masters) in nursing seeking the DNP as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist may apply for admission for a fall semester and will be required to complete between 35-38 credits. Students holding a BS degree (post-baccalaureate) in nursing seeking the DNP may apply for admission for a fall semester and will be required to complete 77 credits. These are the DNP programs we will be offering:

  • Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist in the following areas of practice:
    • Family Nursing
    • Community Health Nursing
    • Adult-Gerontological Nursing
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing*

*NOTE: The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role is not available in the Family Health or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program.

Admission Requirements

Decker School of Nursing admissions requirements may be viewed online.

How to Apply

Applications are completed entirely online at Graduate Admissions.

Curriculum Plans

Full Time Post-Baccalaureate Entry Plan*
Until further notice, the Decker School of Nursing is not admitting students directly to the post BS-to-DNP program of study. Students may apply for admission to the post MS DNP program of study given they meet admissions requirements.
(Revised May 2013)

YEAR 01      
Fall Credits Spring Credits
NURS 502 Health Assessment 3 NURS 519 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 518 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3 NURS 532 Health Care Delivery System 3
NURS 600 Advanced Quantitative Analysis 3 Specialization I 3
NURS 610 Evidence-Based Practice 3 Role I (NP or CNS) 4
TOTAL CREDITS 12 TOTAL CREDITS 13
Year 02      
Fall   Spring  
NURS 601 Theoretical & Conceptual Analysis 3 NURS 579 Advanced Diagnostics 3
NURS 540 Epidemiology & Biostatistics 4 NURS 651 Capstone Experience I 3
Specialization II 3 Specialization III 3
Role II (NP or CNS) 4 Role III (NP or CNS) 4
TOTAL CREDITS 14 TOTAL CREDITS 13
Summer Session III: Practicum Independent Study Recommended      
Year 03      
Fall   Spring  
NURS 548 Organizational Behavior 4 NURS 615 Information Systems & Technology in Health Care 3
NURS 650 Practicum Experience 3 NURS 650 Practicum Experience 3
NURS 652 Capstone Experience II 3 NURS 634 Health Policy 3
Elective 3 NURS 653 Capstone Experience III 3
TOTAL CREDITS 13 TOTAL CREDITS 12
TOTAL POST-MASTERS CREDITS:  77    

 

*Course numbers specific to specialization and role in the post BS-to-DNP program plan can be referenced on the respective MS program web pages. Some programs warrant additional courses; please refer to the specific Decker School of Nursing web page for the program of your interest.

Full Time Post-Masters Entry Plan

Year 01      
Fall Credits Spring Credits
NURS 601 Theoretical & Conceptual Analysis 3 NURS 579 Advanced Diagnostics
NURS 610 Evidence-Based Practice 3 NURS 634 Health Policy 3
NURS 540 Epidemiology & Biostatistics 1 or 4 NURS 651 Capstone Experience I 3
OR      
Elective for students who have this course or equivalent 3    
TOTAL CREDITS 7 - 10 TOTAL CREDITS 9
Year 02      
Fall   Spring  
NURS 548 Organizational Behavior 4 NURS 650 Practicum Experience 3
NURS 652 Capstone Experience II 3 NURS 615 Information Systems & Technology in Health Care 3
Elective 3 NURS 653 Capstone Experience III 3
TOTAL CREDITS 10 TOTAL CREDITS 9
TOTAL POST-MASTERS CREDITS 35 - 38     

Note: Part time program plan options are available for all programs.

Last Updated: 2/24/14