Nursing

Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice is meant for nurses with a master’s degree who want to continue their education and become leaders in the increasingly complex health care field.

Completion Options

Nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice in four semesters as a full-time student, or six semesters as a part-time student. Full-time students enroll in three or four courses per semester and begin clinical hours in the second semester. Part-time students enroll in two or three courses per semester and begin clinical hours in the fourth semester.

Requirements

Applicants must have a Master of Science in Nursing from a program that leads to certification in one of the following: nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, community/public/occupational health, nursing administration, nurse anesthesia or nurse midwifery. For more details, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Curriculum

The DNP focuses on leadership, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. The following schemas show full- and part-time options.

  • Total Semester Hours: 42
  • Total Clinical Hours: 504
This program is offered online; however, students must attend a one- or two- day, on-campus orientation in the first fall semester of their program and return to campus to defend their DNP project in the final semester of their program. For more information, visit the On-Campus Requirement page.
Full-Time Semester Schema
Fall Semester 1
Spring Semester 1

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 8001 (3 Credits)
DNP Role Seminar

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 1

Fall Semester 2 Spring Semester 2

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance and Economics of Health Care

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 2

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Capstone

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
Capstone Writing Seminar

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 3

Part-Time Semester Schema
Fall Semester 1
Spring Semester 1

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

NDNP 8001 (3 Credits)
DNP Role Seminar

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

Fall Semester 2
Spring Semester 2

NDNP 9001(2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance & Economics of Health Care

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 1

Fall Semester 3 Spring Semester 3

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 2

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Capstone

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
DNP Capstone Seminar

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 3