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Doctor of Nursing Practice

MS-DNP

The post-master's DNP curriculum builds on the master's level competencies for advanced practice nurses. 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.

A minimum of 30 credits and one year of study are required for the DNP post-master's concentration. All 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.

An individualized program of study is developed for each post-master's DNP student based on his/her educational and professional goals as well as the results of a transcript analysis following acceptance of an offer of admission to the Program.

Individualized programs of study are also available for students seeking preparation for certification in a new or second population-focused area of advanced practice. Additional course work and practicum experiences in the new area of population specialization will be required. Upon completion of these additional learning experiences and the program, students will be eligible to sit for one or more national certification exams in the second population-focused area of practice.

All students are required to complete the following courses and to fulfill the requirements associated with the DNP evidence-based practice project and the DNP residency.

MS-DNP Knowledge Building Core Course Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
NGR 6673 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
NGR 7766 Leadership and Systems Analysis 3
NGR 7767 Practice Management 3
NGR 7848 Fundamentals of Statistics for Clinicians 3
NGR 7874 Informatics and Patient Care Technology 3
NGR 7892 Health Policy Issues in Nursing and Health Care 3
NGR 7945 DNP Clinical Residency 8*
NGR 7974 Evidence-Based Practice Project 4

*Credits many vary depending on master’s level preparation.