Doctor of Nursing Practice

An alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) advances professional nursing roles in clinical practice and nursing leadership and management. It is designed to develop leaders in health care at the local and national levels. Graduates can incorporate health policy, knowledge of information technology, evidence based practice, business principles, collaboration, health systems, and health policy into practice. A clinical research project immerses students in a practice environment that lays the foundation for future scholarship and success in the nursing field. Students may enter either at the post-bachelor’s or post-master’s level.

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Program Options

Post-Bachelor’s Options
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice—Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice—Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master’s Options
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice—Education Concentration
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice—Executive Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice—Family Specialty for Nurse Practitioners
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice—Health Care Quality
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice—Palliative Care Specialty for Nurse Practitioner

Program Requirements

Students who enter the D.N.P. program at the post-master's level must complete 36 credits of doctoral work. Students who enter the program at the post-bachelor's level must complete the credit requirements for their concentration (adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner or family nurse practitioner) before beginning doctoral coursework. Students pursuing a Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: FSNP must complete 500 clinical hours

Curriculum Requirements

Adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner
Required for post-B.S.N. entry:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205HealthPolicy,Quality,Political
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6224Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 1, Practice Introduction
NURS 6225Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 2, Adolescent & Adult
NURS 6229Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 3, Adult, Older/Frail
NURS 6233Genetics for Healthcare Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharm for Nursing
Family nurse practitioner
Required for post-B.S.N. entry:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205HealthPolicy,Quality,Political
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6230Family Nurse Practitioner 1, Lifespan Primary Care/Diagnosis/Management
NURS 6231Family Nurse Practitioner 2, Lifespan Primary Care/Diagnosis/Management
NURS 6232Family Nurse Practitioner 3, Professional Issues/Diagnosis/Management
NURS 6233Genetics for Healthcare Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharm for Nursing
Following completion of concentration courses, AGNP and FNP students take:
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Org Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Managemnt in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Prac
NURS 8404Research & Policy for Nursing
NURS 8405Healthcare Quality Improvement
NURS 8414DNP Residency
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
3 credits of approved elective courses
Required for post-M.S.N. entry in the nursing practice major:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Org Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Managemnt in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Prac
NURS 8404Research & Policy for Nursing
NURS 8405Healthcare Quality Improvement
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
6 credits of approved elective courses unless concentration specifies different program of study
Required for post-M.S.N. entry in the executive leadership major:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Org Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Managemnt in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Prac
NURS 8404Research & Policy for Nursing
NURS 8405Healthcare Quality Improvement
NURS 8410Executive Presence I
NURS 8411Executive Presence II
NURS 8412HC Finance for Nurse Leaders
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
MBAD 6262Managing Human Capital
MBAD 6265Entrepreneurship
MBAD 6290Special Topics (Social Entrepreneurship)
MBAD 6234Financial Management
A 1.5 credit approved MBAD approved
Required for post-M.S.N. entry in the nursing education concentration:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Org Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Managemnt in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Prac
NURS 8404Research & Policy for Nursing
NURS 8405Healthcare Quality Improvement
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
HOL 6701Adult Learning
HOL 6721Assessing the Impact of Organizational Change
HOL 6742Design of Adult Learning Interventions
Required for post-M.S.N. entry in the palliative care nurse practitioner major:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6276Foundations of Palliative Care
NURS 6277Pain and Suffering
NURS 6278PalliativeCare:Chronic Illness
NURS 6279Palliative Care Practicum I
NURS 6280Palliative Care Practicum II
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Org Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Managemnt in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Prac
NURS 8404Research & Policy for Nursing
NURS 8405Healthcare Quality Improvement
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)

Visit the DNP: Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP) website for detailed program information.   

Required for post-M.S.N. entry in the health care quality major:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6212Quality Improvement Science
NURS 6213Health Care Quality Analysis
NURS 6214Patient Safety Systems
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Org Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Managemnt in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Prac
NURS 8404Research & Policy for Nursing
NURS 8405Healthcare Quality Improvement
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
Required for post-M.S.N. entry in dual family specialty for nurse practitioner certificate program:
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6226Primary Care of the Family
NURS 6227Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum
NURS 6228Advanced Family Primary Care
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Org Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Managemnt in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Prac
NURS 8404Research & Policy for Nursing
NURS 8405Healthcare Quality Improvement
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project (taken twice for a total of six credits)