Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an advanced practice clinical doctorate, which reflects the evolution and development of professional nursing.
The DNP program is designed with two entry points: post-master's degree and post-baccalaureate degree.
Post-Master's Degree Entry Point
The post-master's degree entry point is a 48 credit hour, two year program. In order to be admitted to the DNP program through this entry point, you will need to have advanced practice specialization as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.
Post-Baccalaureate Entry Point
The post-baccalaureate entry point is a minimum 83 credit hour, three and one-half to four year program. As part of this program, you will be prepared in one of the following fields:
- Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
DNP Program Design
Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current Doctor of Nursing Practice program information, including requirements and course descriptions.
The program’s accelerated weekend format offers both full- and part-time options for study. Four courses will be offered during each 16-week semester - two courses for the first eight weeks, followed by two courses during the last eight weeks. In each eight-week segment, courses will be held on Friday evenings and Saturdays every other weekend. One course will take place on Friday evening and another course will be held all day Saturday.
If you choose the full-time post-master's option—four courses per semester—you can complete the 48-credit-hour program in four semesters. If you are a part-time post-master's student—two courses per semester—you can complete the program in four years.
It is expected that you will complete 1,000 hours of clinical practice in accordance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing DNP Road Map Task Force Report. If you are a post-master’s student, coursework in the program will provide you with the additional clinical practice hours, building upon those that were part of your master’s degree, to meet the 1,000 hour requirement. If you are a post-baccalaureate entry student, the 1,000 clinical practice hours will be completed within the program.
Clinical placements will occur in interdisciplinary settings with an expert/mentor. Each setting will provide you with extensive advanced clinical practice experiences and allow you to implement emerging science and practice innovations to improve the health care system.
As part of the program, you will undertake a clinical scholarship project reflecting a practice site and population of interest supported by scholarly evidence.
There is no dissertation requirement.