Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
You may enroll in Fisher’s doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program as a holder of either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in nursing.
If you seek post-master's admission to the program, you must have an advanced-practice specialization as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or certified nurse midwife. Becoming a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist is part of your studies should you follow the post-baccalaureate track.
The DNP program’s accelerated weekend format provides both full- and part-time options for study. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study on the post-graduate track, while you should be willing to commit to at least 3.5 years if you are traveling the post-baccalaureate path full-time.
The format of the DNP program includes blended hybrid courses and the use of simulation, case studies, and seminars.
In the post-master's track, you will complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework. If you are coming to the program with a bachelor’s-level degree in nursing, you are required to complete 83-93 credit hours to obtain your DNP.
In addition, whether you choose the post-master's or post-baccalaureate option, you will be expected to complete 1,000 hours of clinical practice.
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:
- Implement and evaluate clinical practice based on scientific knowledge.
- Assume advanced practice nursing roles as an expert clinician.
- Demonstrate advanced leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of increasingly complex health care organizations.
- Demonstrate analytical methodologies for the evaluation of clinical practice and the application of scientific evidence to improve professional practice.
- Apply clinical scholarship methodologies for organizational quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and health care outcomes.
- Use advanced skills to design, develop, and implement the use of contemporary technological information systems.
- Demonstrate expertise in the analysis, formulation, and implementation of health care policy.
- Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams necessary to meet health care needs of individuals and populations.
- Apply ethical theories, legal and practice standards, and advocacy to decision-making in health care issues.
- Apply population-based methodologies for health promotion and disease-prevention in advanced practice.