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Curriculum & Duration

All Doctor of Nursing Practice students must:

  • 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.

In addition, Post-MSN students must:

  • complete a minimum of 39 graduate credit hours in the DNP program

Courses for the Doctor of Nursing Practice are offered online in Fall and Spring semesters with practica (a minimum of 420 residency hours) occurring in the students' specialty area of practice.

Coursework can be completed in as little as two years.

First semester
NURS 800 - Scholarly Foundations for Advanced Practice | 3 credits
NURS 802 - Epidemiology | 3 credits
6 total credits
 
Second semester
NURS 801 - Biostatistics | 3 credits
NURS 804 - Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice | 3 credits
6 total credits
 
Third semester
NURS 803 - Project Planning | 3 credits
NURS 805 - Preventive Care for Populations | 3 credits
NURS 806 - Health Care Informatics | 3 credits
9 total credits
 
Fourth semester
NURS 808 - Ethics and Health Care Policy| 4 credits
NURS 821 - Residency I | 2 credits
6 total credits
 
Fifth semester
NURS 807 - Organizational and Systems Leadership | 4 credits
NURS 822 - Residency II | 4 credits
8 total credits
 
Sixth semester
NURS 823 - Residency III| 4 credits
4 credits
 
Learn more in the University Catalog.