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Doctor of Nursing Practice

BS to DNP

The BS to DNP post-baccalaureate curriculum builds on the baccalaureate level competencies required for professional nursing practice. It provides students with a degree in nursing with the opportunity to acquire the competencies required for entry to advanced nursing practice while also completing the requirements for the DNP degree. This program prepares graduates to exercise advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and expanded responsibility and accountability in planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based strategies to improve individual patient and population health outcomes.

The following BS to DNP concentrations are available.

All BS to DNP students are required to complete the didactic and clinical experiences necessary for achievement of the competencies associated with doctoral education as delineated in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Nurse Practitioner students must also meet the Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2012) and the population-focused specific competencies established for their respective future area(s) of practice. All Nurse Practitioner concentrations lead to eligibility to sit for one or more national or specialty practice certification exams in the selected area(s) of practice.

Program length varies from 75 to 96 credits depending on the concentration selected.