Courses

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Below is a list of courses required for the DNP program on the semester-based academic calendar. Click on the link to read a full description:

NDNP9010 - Healthcare Policy for the Doctoral Prepared Nurse

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours 
CONTACT HOURS: Three (3) didactic hours per week 
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the role of the doctoral prepared nurse in relation to policy, practice, and research.   The impact of policy on health care, particularly access, delivery, financing, and regulation, will be investigated. Nursing roles in policy development, political activism, and health policy research will be assessed.  The ability to critically analyze the policy process and to engage in that process competently will be addressed.

  1. Analyze health policy and related issues from various stakeholder perspectives.
  2. Evaluate the influence of policy makers in impacting health care delivery and outcomes at institutional, local, state, regional, national, and/or international levels.
  3. Assess the role of advocate in addressing social justice, ethical decision making, access and equity within health care.
  4. Examine the influence of nursing research in developing health policy.
  5. Develop positions on health care policy issues.
  6. Generate plans to educate others regarding nursing, health policy, and patient care outcomes.

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NDNP8010 Finance and Economics of Healthcare

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Thee (3) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores healthcare finance and economics from the perspective of health care providers and non-financial managers of health services. Financial management principles, the healthcare reimbursement system, reimbursement process, and factors influencing the financial environment are discussed with emphasis on strategies to promote and sustain the financial viability of healthcare. 

  1. Examine the impact of the health care reimbursement system, reimbursement processes, and models of health care practices on the fiscal viability of health care services.
  2. Use basic accounting and finance concepts and practices in the development and management of a budget.
  3. Analyze strategies for predicting costs, facilitating productivity, and achieving quality outcomes within health care settings.
  4. Employ cost benefit and variance analysis in planning and monitoring a budget.
  5. Apply strategies for optimizing reimbursement through compliant billing and coding

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NURS9004 - Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Three (3) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatics for application to nursing and evidence-based practice.  Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of and appraisal of data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.

  1. Demonstrate how concepts of biostatistics are used in the literature, nursing research and evidence-based practice.
  2. Select appropriate statistical methods in situations of evidence-based practice.
  3. Interpret results of data analysis and statistical tables in a variety of contexts.
  4. Appraise the rigor of data analyses in relation to the findings in selected research and quality improvement science articles.
  5. Distinguish between statistical and clinical significance. 

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NURS8014 - Epidemiology Methods in Healthcare

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Three (3) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The focus of this course is the application of epidemiological principles to improve practice and outcomes in clients and healthcare delivery systems. Students apply epidemiologic methodology relative to the measurement and control of a specific disease, injury, or event.

  1. Analyze the etiology of healthcare problems (i.e., disease, injury, or event) within a framework of causality.
  2. Evaluate epidemiologic methods used to measure morbidity, mortality, and risk in populations and systems.
  3. Interpret epidemiologic data to determine trends and plan interventions.
  4. Determine concepts of effects, sources of error and bias in the analysis of epidemiologic methods

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NDNP9006 - Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

CREDIT HOURS: Four (4) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Four (4) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the essentials of the research
process to facilitate students’ ability to knowledgeably and effectively find, appraise, and apply scientific findings to nursing practice. Students access credible sources using a systematic approach, evaluate the quality of research findings, discuss methods of translating and integrating findings into nursing practice, and evaluate outcomes.

  1. Access research findings relevant to clinical practice using advanced search methods.
  2. Appraise the quality of research evidence specific to the treatment and management of health care.
  3. Analyze evidence summaries as the foundation for clinical practice guidelines.
  4. Describe methods of translating and integrating scientific evidence into health care settings.
  5. Examine the endpoints derived from the integration of scientific findings into practice.

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NDNP9001 - Informatics for DNP Practice

CREDIT HOURS: Two (2) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Two (2) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course assists DNP students acquire the knowledge and skills essential for using data from information systems/technologies to evaluate and improve health care. A foundation is provided for the appraisal of health information systems in various settings. Consideration is given to how those systems can be employed to maximize the quality of health care. Informatics tools for data extraction, organization, and interpretation are compared.  Evaluation of information sources is examined. Communication and dissemination of findings through various informatics tools are discussed. 

  1. Illustrate contributions of informatics to the process of scholarly inquiry and evidence based practice.
  2. Critically appraise elements necessary to select, implement and evaluate health information systems for usefulness in quality of care.
  3. Critique database applications to determine appropriate design.
  4. Demonstrate the conceptual ability to develop an evaluation plan involving data extractions from health information systems.
  5. Evaluate consumer health information sources for accuracy, timeliness and appropriateness.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication of findings using informatics tools.
  7. Provide leadership in the resolution of ethical and legal issues relating to the use of information and health care technologies.

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NDNP8001 - DNP Role Seminar 

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Three (3) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The focus of this seminar course is on transitioning to the role of clinical scholar. Emphasis is placed on developing an awareness and understanding of the essential knowledge and skills essential to implementation of the DNP role.

  1. Describe the role of the DNP in improving clinical and systems outcomes.
  2. Explore theoretical foundations and current thinking about the leadership role in clinical scholarship.
  3. Analyze the core leadership concepts and their implementation in healthcare organizations.
  4. Analyze the dynamic interrelationships among leader behaviors and organizational elements, such as design, culture and effectiveness.
  5. Examine criteria for DNP roles and research.
  6. Analyze exemplars of the idealized clinical scholar.

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NDNP 9015 - Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credits
CONTACT HOURS: Three (3) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Scientific Basis for Clinical Reasoning; DNP Role Seminar 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course prepares students to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based quality health care practices for patient populations (individuals and aggregates) in acute, home and community settings. Working as partners in interdisciplinary teams, students will assess organizational culture, gather safety information, analyze data and translate findings into systems changes through action learning experiences within an organization.

  1. Evaluate different models for quality improvement and risk assessment and quality outcomes.
  2. Employ principles of business, finance, economics and health policy to develop initiatives that will improve the quality of healthcare outcomes.
  3. Critically apply micro-systems theory for the evaluation of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.
  4. Analyze the cost-effectiveness of practice and system wide initiatives accounting for risk and improvement of health care outcomes. 
  5. Demonstrate effective communication and leadership in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives in a health care system.

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NDNP9020 - Application of Advanced Clinical Reasoning 

CREDIT HOURS: Four (4) graduate semester credits
CONTACT HOURS: Four (4) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Scientific Basis for Clinical Reasoning; DNP Role Seminar
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the translation and integration of theory and scientific evidence to support clinical reasoning in nursing practice. Each student develops practice approaches to address a health issue.

  1. Integrate theory, knowledge, and scientific evidence into the process of clinical reasoning.
  2. Explain the contribution that information systems make to support the science of nursing.
  3. Utilize clinical reasoning in translating evidence into standards and guidelines.
  4. Apply systems thinking in the implementation and evaluation of a practice innovation.
  5. Design practice innovations based on a selected model of evidence-based practice.

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NDNP 9025 - DNP Practicum 1 

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Twelve (12) clinical hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Scientific Basis for Clinical Reasoning; Application of Advanced Clinical Reasoning; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; DNP Role Seminar 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This practicum is the first of three sequential courses in the DNP program. This practicum focuses on the comprehensive and systematic assessment of healthcare problems in complex situations. Diverse and culturally sensitive approaches are used in developing an awareness of the role of the nurse leader.

  1. Integrate principles of evidence-based practice and appropriate theoretical frameworks into the nurse leader role as the foundation for the assessment of a healthcare problem
  2. Conduct an analysis of a healthcare problem for the purpose of improving systems of care and health outcomes.
  3. Interpret the results of problem analysis to ascertain the primary determinants that contribute to achievement of optimal outcomes.
  4. Model the leadership behaviors needed to conduct assessment of healthcare problems.
  5. Analyze the process of assessment and analysis of a healthcare problem utilizing principles of evidence-based practice and appropriate theoretical frameworks.
  6. Engage in critical reflection regarding the components of the professional role of the nurse leader.

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NDNP9030 - Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

CREDIT HOURS: Four (4) graduate semester credits
CONTACT HOURS: Four (4) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: DNP Role Seminar; Application of Advanced Clinical Reasoning; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for assessment, design, implementation and evaluation of effective health programs and projects. Emphasis is placed on the use of health programs and projects to improve systems of care and health outcome and the evaluation of these systems.

  1. Integrate principles of evidence-based practice and appropriate theoretical frameworks as the foundation for designing, planning, implementation, management and evaluation of effective programs and projects.
  2. Demonstrate accountability in the responsible use of resources in all phases of health programs and projects.
  3. Design outcome-driven methods and processes for evaluation of programs and projects.
  4. Apply scientific measurement principles to the identification, collection, measurement, and interpretation of evaluation data.

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NDNP 9035 - DNP Practicum 2 

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Twelve (12) clinical hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Scientific Basis for Clinical Reasoning; DNP Role Seminar; Application of Advanced Clinical Reasoning; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; Finance and Economics of Healthcare; Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects; DNP Practicum 1 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: 
This practicum is the second of three sequential courses in the DNP program. This practicum focuses on the design of evidence-based interventions to address a healthcare problem. The nurse leader’s role in fostering effective relationships in systems of care is explored.

  1. Integrate principles of evidence-based practice and appropriate theoretical frameworks in constructing interventions to address the healthcare problem.
  2. Develop a comprehensive approach to positively improve outcomes related to a healthcare problem.
  3. Model the leadership behaviors needed to foster interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships in systems of care.
  4. Analyze the development of evidence-based interventions to positively address a healthcare problem
  5. Engage in critical reflection regarding the leadership behaviors essential to developing positive interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships.

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NDNP 9038 - DNP Practicum 3 

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours
CONTACT HOURS: Twelve (12) clinical hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Scientific Basis for Clinical Reasoning; DNP Role Seminar; Application of Advanced Clinical Reasoning; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; Finance and Economics of Healthcare; Planning, Management and Evaluation of Programs and Projects; DNP Practicum 1 and 2 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This practicum is the third of thee sequential courses in the DNP program. The focus of this practicum is the planning, implementation and relevant evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address a healthcare problem. The nurse leader’s role in guiding and mentoring others in the selection of evidence-based interventions is explored.

  1. Integrate principles of evidence-based practice and appropriate theoretical frameworks in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating interventions to address a healthcare problem
  2. Implement a comprehensive approach to planning, managing and evaluating projects and programs to positively affect healthcare outcomes.
  3. Analyze the planning, implementation,  management and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address the healthcare problem.
  4. Model the leadership behaviors needed to guide & mentor others.
  5. Engage in critical reflection regarding the leader behaviors essential to guiding and mentoring others.

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NDNP9040 - DNP Capstone: Synthesis of the Leadership Role

CREDIT HOURS: Two (2) graduate semester credits
CONTACT HOURS: Two (2) didactic hours per week
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Scientific Basis for Clinical Reasoning; DNP Role Seminar; Application of Advanced Clinical Reasoning; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; Finance and Economics of Healthcare; Planning, Management and Evaluation of Programs and Projects; DNP Practicum 1 and 2
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This capstone course focuses on synthesis of the leadership role for improving practice and outcomes in client systems and care delivery. These leadership skills are demonstrated in the capstone project which focuses on the translation of theory, knowledge, and evidence for the advancement of nursing practice.

  1. Integrate theory, knowledge, and scientific evidence into leadership processes.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills necessary to develop and strengthen professional interpersonal and intergroup relationships in health systems.
  3. Develop strategies for applying mentoring and coaching models to enhance role implementation of health professionals.
  4. Exhibit critical thinking skills and effective communication skills in implementing the leadership role.
  5. Apply entrepreneurial principles and models to the development, implementation, and management of health care practice.
  6. Demonstrate an appreciation for service as a leader in organizations and associations.
  7. Engage in the scholarly dissemination of evidence-based practice findings.

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NDNP9042 - Capstone Writing Seminar

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hour
CONTACT HOURS: Forty five (45) seminar hours
COURSE PLACEMENT:
Final semester of study of full time or part time study
PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Completion of all didactic work; Concurrent with DNP Capstone, Practicum 3
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The capstone seminar runs concurrently with DNP Capstone course and DNP Practicum 3. In this seminar, all students who are working on capstone will meet, either face to face or virtually on a regular basis with their chair to discuss progress, problems, and lessons learned in order to progress in a timely manner through the writing portion of the capstone process. The seminar is lead the student’s capstone chairperson with goals and objectives being set between the student and the faculty. At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify appropriate journals for publications of scholarly work.
  2. Explore at least one present and future opportunity for the dissemination of scholarly work.
  3. Successfully complete the writing portion of the DNP Capstone process.

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