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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.
  • Upon graduation, you are eligible to take the NONPH Essential Competency Exam.

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
SUMMER - SEMESTER I 
NURS 703 Applied Clinical Research in Advanced Nursing Practice33
NURS 715 Genetics and Genomics for Advanced Practice Nursing33
TOTAL6   
FALL – SEMESTER II 
NURS 620 Advanced Health Care Statistics I33
NURS 705 The Business and Policy of Practice & Their Influence on U.S. Health Care System33
*NURS 796 DNP Capstone (Scholarly) Project Seminar1150
TOTAL750 
SPRING–SEMESTER III 
NURS 702 Applied Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice33
NURS 706 Organizational Systems/Quality  33
NURS 797 DNP Capstone (Scholarly) Project1150
TOTAL750 
SUMMER – SEMESTER IV 
NURS 727 Innovations & Informatics32150
NURS 720 Etiology and Management of Complex Health and Illness in Rural Health32150
NURS 797 DNP Capstone (Scholarly) Project1150
TOTAL7 50100
FALL – SEMESTER V 
**Elective(s)3
*NURS 795 DNP Residency (1-3cr)1-31-350-150
NURS 797 DNP Capstone (Scholarly) Project1150
TOTAL5-75050-150
SPRING – SEMESTER VI 
*NURS 795 Residency1-31-350-150
NURS 797 DNP Capstone (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.