Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an online program that includes an on-campus immersion experience prior to the start of each semester. The DNP Program is offered as a post-master’s Nursing degree. Applicants are required to have a current Advanced Practice Nursing license (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist). The practice-focused doctoral program prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial and master’s preparation in the discipline. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice education program is a Candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Deadline: May 1st for Summer Term
Who can apply?
The post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program requires full-time study and completion of the degree in the area of prior Advanced Nursing Practice preparation, i.e. Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Students must be Board certified in Advanced Nursing Practice with licensure as an APN or APRN in the state of practice.
The curriculum of 41 credit hours is completed in a program of study of 2.5 years in length. These 41 credit hours include 12 courses, with 3 of those courses identified as clinical internship courses. The total clinical clock hours required for those 3 clinical internship courses (12 credit hours) totals 540 clock hours, represented by a 1 credit to 45 clock hour ratio.
Students admitted with master’s preparation and APN/APRN licensure have completed a minimum of 500 clinical hours at the graduate level. These clinical hours will be credited and counted with the 540 clinical clock hours of the post masters DNP program to meet the 1000 clinical clock hours required of a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.
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