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Curriculum & Duration

Full-time students can complete the curriculum in eight semesters (two and a half years.)
 
To earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), the student must complete all degree plan requirements, including:
  • Complete a minimum of 70 graduate credit hours in the DNP program;
  • Satisfactorily complete a DNP Synthesis Project;
  • Attain a minimum of 1,000 hours of post-baccalaureate supervised academic program practice hours in DNP residency courses;
  • Earn no less than a "B" grade in all coursework    Note: Students who earn less than a "B" grade in a course will be required to repeat that course. A course may be repeated only once. Courses with a grade of "C" may not be applied toward the degree requirements.

*The DNP program reserves the right to limit the number of students enrolled in nursing courses to make the most effective use of the educational resources available. In the event that enrollment in these courses must be limited, students will be selected by their academic ranking based upon DNP admission requirements and their cumulative GPA in graduate nursing courses.

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Semester 1
NURS 505 - Applied Statistics for the Health Sciences, 3 credits.
NURS 830 - Advanced Practice Scholarly and Theoretical Foundations, 3 credits.
NURS 831 - Epidemiology and Preventive Care for Populations 4 credits.
Semester Total: 10 Credits

Semester 2
NURS 502 - Generating Evidence for Nursing Practice, 3 credits.
Semester Total: 3 Credits

Semester 3
NURS 518 - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing, 3 credits.
NURS 801 - Biostatistics, 3 credits.
NURS 804 - Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice, 3 credits.
Semester Total: 9 credits

Semester 4
NURS 507 - Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice, 3 credits.
NURS 517 - Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing, 3 credits.
NURS 803 - Project Planning, 3 credits.
Semester Total: 9 credits

Semester 5
NURS 806 - Health Care Informatics, 3 credits.
Semester Total: 3 credits

Semester 6

NURS 582 - Advanced Practice Nursing: Family Health, 5 credits.
NURS 821 - Residency, 3 credits.
Semester Total: 8 credits / 300 clinical clock hours

Semester 7
NURS 583 - Advanced Practice Nursing: Family Health II, 5 credits.
NURS 822 - Residency II, 4 credits.
Semester Total: 9 credits / 390 clinical clock hours

Semester 8
NURS 807 - Organizational and Systems Leadership, 4 credits.
Semester Total: 4 credits

Semester 9
NURS 581 - Business, Leadership and Health Policy for Nurse Practitioners, 3 credits.
NURS 584 - Advanced Practice Nursing: Family Health III, 5 credits.
Semester Total: 8 credits / 210 clinical clock hours

Note: Upon successful completion of the courses in Semester 9, BSN to DNP students may apply to receive the MSN degree with the role preparation as a Family Nurse Practitioner. At that time, students meet the educational requirements to take the Family Nurse Practitioner national certification examination and to apply for an advanced practice license.

Semester 10
NURS 823 - Residency III, 3 credits.
NURS 808 - Ethics and Health Care Policy, 4 credits.
Semester Total: 7 credits / 120 clinical clock hours


Total BSN to DNP Credit Hours: 70
Total BSN to DNP Clinical Clock Hours: 1020