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DNP Clinical Concentration

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If you're a nurse seeking a terminal-level degree in nursing, consider the Clinical Concentration of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree – an online program through the College of Nursing. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD and other research-focused nursing doctorates. DNP curricula build on traditional master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership, among other key areas.

This part-time concentration is designed for board-certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and certified clinical nurse specialists.

What to Expect from DNP Clinical Concentration

  • This curriculum begins in the summer and continues for six consecutive terms.
  • This didactic program is completely online, with synchronous (collaboratively online) and asynchronous (individually online) learning utilized.
  • A weeklong residency is held on campus each year in June, and participation is required.
  • The DNP scholarly project is a practice-oriented project that meets the needs of the DNP's community of interest. The project is NOT a dissertation, but must exemplify scholarly activity, and:
    • Show practice excellence.
    • Demonstrate leadership.
    • Reflect knowledge of population health, evidence-based practice, inquiry and the integration of the DNP role in a comprehensive health care environment.

For more information about Clinical DNPs visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Program of Studies: DNP Clinical Concentration

COURSE Credit HoursDidactic creditsProject or Practice CreditsDNP Project HoursClinical Practice Hours
NURS 703 Applied Clinical Research in Advanced Nursing Practice33
NURS 715 Genetics and Genomics for Advanced Practice Nursing33
NURS 620 Health Care Statistics I33
NURS 705 The Business and Policy of Practice & Their Influence on U.S. Health Care System33
*NURS 796 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar1150
NURS 702 Applied Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice33
NURS 706 Organizational Systems and Quality Management for Advanced Nursing Practice33
NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project1150
NURS 727 Health Care Innovations and Informatics32150
NURS 720 Etiology and Management of Complex Health and Illness in Rural Health32150
NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project1150
TOTAL7 50100

*NURS 795 Advanced Nursing Practice Residency

NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project1150
*NURS 795 Advanced Nursing Practice Residency1-31-350-150
NURS 797 DNP Scholarly Project1150
TOTAL2-4 5050-150
TOTAL Program Credits - Minimum Required: 35TOTAL DNP Scholarly Project Hours Required: 250TOTAL Clinical Practice Hours Required: 250
*Minimum 3 Residency Credits total = 150 Residency Hours completed within 1 or 2 semesters
**As arranged


Program Objectives

Objectives for Clinical Concentration Program graduates:

  • Demonstrate role competency in clinical practice, scholarship and leadership.
  • Establish interprofessional collaboration to apply analytic methods to create, adopt and evaluate effective innovations that improve the health of diverse, rural and underserved individuals and populations.
  • Design and implement evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes.
  • Provide leadership that engages individuals, systems and communities to develop, implement and evaluate interventions to reduce health disparities.
  • Facilitate optimal health outcomes through individualized patient-centered and culturally sensitive prevention, risk identification and management.
  • Design and apply clinical, system-based, community, political and policy approaches to reduce health inequities.
  • Provide leadership in formulation, application and analysis of institutional and public policies that impact health.
  • Integrate and evaluate clinical information systems and patient care technologies to further evidence-based professional practice.
  • Apply interprofessional leadership and advocacy skills in the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical practice models, health policy and standards of care.
  • Utilize effective management and organizational skills to assume a leadership role in health care delivery, policy and systems.
  • Apply professional values and ethical decision making in practice.
  • Continuously improve the quality of one's own clinical practice based on knowledge of evolving evidence, professional reflection and personal accountability.