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. Students are required to participate in an on-site visit one week each 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
Full-Time Semester Schema
Semester 1
Semester 2

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

Semester 3 Semester 4

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
Semester 1
Semester 2

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

Semester 3 Semester 4

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

Semester 5 Semester 6

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