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DNP Program Requirements

The post-master's DNP program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework. The post-baccalaureate program requires a minimum of 83 credit hours of coursework. Both programs require 1,000 hours of clinical scholarship residency.

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master's Entry Program

Post-master’s candidates are required to successfully complete a minimum of 48 credit hours, 1,000 hours of clinical scholarship residency, and the clinical scholarship project. 

Requirements

Credit hours for each course are indicated in parentheses after the course title.

Nursing Courses - 42 credits

  • GNUR 701 - Foundations of Nursing Science (3)
  • GNUR 703 - Philosophy and Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • GNUR 705 - Foundations of Nursing Leadership (3)
  • GNUR 707 - Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3)
  • GNUR 709 - Nursing Practice Role Development (3)
  • GNUR 711 - Advanced Healthcare Delivery Systems (3)
  • GNUR 713 - Clinical Program Development (3)
  • GNUR 715 - Multiple Research Methods (3)
  • GNUR 721 - Clinical Practice Development (3)
  • GNUR 723 - Health Policy (3)
  • GNUR 725 - Improving the Health of Populations (3)
  • GNUR 740 - Advanced Technology in Support of Clinical Management (3)
  • GNUR 741 - Clinical Scholarship/Residency/Professional Seminar (6)

Cognates - 6 credits

The DNP program requires six credits of cognates. The School of Nursing offers GNUR 732, 734, 738, 744, 751 and 796 throughout the academic year. Students may choose from these five courses or, with permission of the DNP program director, any other graduate level course offered at St. John Fisher College.

Choose TWO courses from the following.

  • GNUR 732 - International Nursing Practice (3)
  • GNUR 734 - The Nurse Educator Role (3)
  • GNUR 738 - Health Law for Health Professionals (3)
  • GNUR 744 - Grantsmanship for Health Professions (3)
  • GNUR 751 - Advanced Clinical Practicum (3)
  • GNUR 796 - Independent Study (3)

Total: 48 credits


Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Baccalaureate Entry Program

Student entering the post-baccalaureate program will need to elect a functional role in order to determine the curricular plan of study. All students need to meet with the DNP program director to determine their individual course of study. At the completion of the program, post-baccalaureate DNP students will be prepared as a primary care family nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, or adult/gerontology clinical nurse specialist.

Also required is the successful completion of 1,000 hours of clinical scholarship residency.

Requirements

Credit hours for each course are indicated in parentheses after the course title.

Nursing Courses - 64 credits

  • GNUR 503 - Foundations of Nursing Research (3)
  • GNUR 504 - Evidence-based Research in Nursing (3)
  • GNUR 505 - Family Health for Advanced Practice Nurses (2)
  • GNUR 507 - Health Policy (2)
  • GNUR 509 - Professional & Systems Leadership (3)
  • GNUR 543 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • GNUR 570 - Pharmacology (3)
  • GNUR 571 - Diagnostic Reasoning (3)
  • GNUR 701 - Foundations of Nursing Science (3)
  • GNUR 703 - Philosophy and Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • GNUR 705 - Foundations of Nursing Leadership (3)
  • GNUR 707 - Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3)
  • GNUR 709 - Nursing Practice Role Development (3)
  • GNUR 711 - Advanced Healthcare Delivery Systems (3)
  • GNUR 713 - Clinical Program Development (3)
  • GNUR 715 - Multiple Research Methods (3)
  • GNUR 721 - Clinical Practice Development (3)
  • GNUR 723 - Health Policy (3)
  • GNUR 725 - Improving the Health of Populations (3)
  • GNUR 740 - Advanced Technology in Support of Clinical Management (3)
  • GNUR 741 - Clinical Scholarship/Residency/Professional Seminar (6)

Functional Role Courses - 13-23 credits

Choose ONE functional role from the options below.

Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)
  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 632 - Adult Applications of the Spheres of Influence CNS Seminar (1)
  • GNUR 639 - Older Adult Applications of the Spheres of Influence CNS Seminar (1)
  • GNUR 688 - Synthesis CNS Practicum (1)
  • GNUR 689 - Synthesis of the Spheres of Influence CNS Seminar (1)
  • GNUR 699 - Issues in Acute Care (3)
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP)
  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 576 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Women (3)
  • GNUR 577 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Children (3)
  • GNUR 584 - Diagnosis & Management for Adults FNP Seminar (1)
  • GNUR 585 - Diagnosis & Management for Older Adults FNP Seminar (1)
  • GNUR 586 - Diagnosis & Management for Women FNP Seminar (1)
  • GNUR 587 - Diagnosis & Management for Pediatric Patients FNP Seminar (1)
  • GNUR 699 - Issues in Acute Care (3) (Elective)
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 642 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar II (1)
  • GNUR 644 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar I (1)
  • GNUR 646 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar III (1)
  • GNUR 648 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar IV (1)
  • GNUR 669 - Complex Care of the Chronically Ill across Adulthood (3)
  • GNUR 699 - Issues in Acute Care (3)
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 641 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar I (1)
  • GNUR 643 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar II (1)
  • GNUR 645 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar III (1)
  • GNUR 647 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar IV (1)
  • GNUR 669 - Complex Care of the Chronically Ill (3)
  • GNUR 699 - Issues in Acute Care (3)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • GNUR 513 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum I: Trauma-informed Assessment & Intervention (1)
  • GNUR 514 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum II: Evidence-based Treatment Modalities (1)
  • GNUR 515 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum III: Integrative Management of Complex Co-morbidities (1)
  • GNUR 516 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum IV: Advanced Strategies for At-risk Populations (1)
  • GNUR 520 - Foundations of Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice (3)
  • GNUR 521 - Advanced Neuropsychiatric Assessment & Intervention (2)
  • GNUR 522 - Advanced Psychopharmacology (2)
  • GNUR 523 - Advanced Concepts in Psychotherapy with Individuals, Groups & Families (3)
  • GNUR 524 - Advanced Concepts in Health Integration (3)
  • GNUR 544 - Psychopathology & Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GNUR 545 - Advanced Concepts in Child & Adolescent Mental Health (3)

Cognates - 6 credits

The DNP program requires six credits of cognates. The School of Nursing offers GNUR 732, 734, 738, 744, 751, and 796 throughout the academic year. Students may choose from these courses or, with permission of the DNP program director, any other graduate level course offered at St. John Fisher College.

Choose TWO courses from the following.

  • GNUR 732 - International Nursing Practice (3)
  • GNUR 734 - The Nurse Educator Role (3)
  • GNUR 738 - Health Law for Health Professionals (3)
  • GNUR 744 - Grantsmanship for Health Professions (3)
  • GNUR 751 - Advanced Clinical Practicum (3)
  • GNUR 796 - Independent Study (3)

Total: 83-93 credits


Progression Policy

All students matriculating into the Wegmans School of Nursing program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) in the graduate program for progression.

If a student does not achieve a grade of "B" on the first attempt, the student may retake the course once. If the student does not achieve a grade of "B" or higher on the second attempt, the student will not be allowed to progress and will be dismissed from the program.

Failing two GNUR courses or two GNUR/GMHC courses for PMHNP students, or one GNUR or GMHC course twice will result in dismissal from the program. (A grade of "U" or a grade less than a B in courses noted above is equivalent to a course failure).

For post-baccalaureate student progression, students must meet the above requirements for progression in addition to the policies below:

Post-baccalaureate students must achieve a grade of B (84-86) or higher in the following: Scholarship Core courses (GNUR 503 and GNUR 504), all Direct Care courses (GNUR 543, GNUR 570, GNUR 571) and all Clinical Courses specific to the students program of study.

Clinical Seminar Progression

Clinical Seminars are graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U). For clinical seminar courses, students must earn a satisfactory grade based on clinical preceptor and faculty site visitor evaluations in order to be successful in the course.

A grade of "S" in the clinical seminar courses reflects the successful demonstration of APRN competencies noted on the clinical evaluation tool and is required in order to progress in the nursing curriculum. A grade of "U" is considered a failure in the course.  If a student does not achieve a grade of "S" on the first attempt, the student may retake the course once to achieve an "S."

Clinical Learning Experiences

The graduate student completes all clinical courses as precepted practicum experiences. The NP programs have a total of 600 clinical hours; the CNS program has a total of 500 clinical hours. Due to the demand for preceptors, the Wegmans School of Nursing cannot permit students to take more than one clinical course/semester. It is the policy of the graduate nursing program that the student’s clinical learning experiences are separate and apart from his or her position of employment. Precepted clinical experiences are in a wide variety of health care agencies. Students are required to sign a formal attestation form that communicates their understanding of the clinical placement process.

In each clinical course, students must be rated as “competent” by the clinical preceptor and faculty site visitor in order to successfully complete the course. Failure to be rated "competent" at the final clinical evaluation will result in a grade of "U" for the course. Clinical failure can be due to unsatisfactory professional behavior or lack of clinical competence.

Note: At least 50 percent of the clinical hours for primary care program students must be in primary care settings.

Grading Scale for Nursing Programs

  • A (95–100)
  • A- (90–94)
  • B+ (87–89)
  • B (84–86)*
  • B- (80–83)
  • C+ (77–79)
  • C (74–76)
  • C- (72–74)
  • F (73 and below)
  • FA- (failure due to absence)

Note: Graduate students are expected to maintain a "B" average overall. Failure to do so will result in being placed on academic probation.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Graduate Catalog.