Curriculum Requirements

The post-master's D.N.P. program consists of 34 credits. Coursework for the D.N.P. includes:

NURS 916: Seminar in Nursing Scholarship
NURS 664: Epidemiology
NURS 674: Population-based Health Care Management
NURS 729: Emerging Issues in Health
NURS 686: Health Care Finance
NURS 732: Applied Epidemiology
NURS 730: Evidence-Based Practice I
NURS 731: Evidence-Based Practice II
NURS 737: Advanced Practice-based Residency
NURS 739: D.N.P. Project Guidance
NURS 734: Leadership in Complex Health Care
Advanced Clinical Cognate Courses
Credits required: 37 

Candidacy for D.N.P. Degree

To be considered for admission to candidacy for the D.N.P. degree, the student must satisfy these requirements:

  1. Complete program requirements with a grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Successfully write the comprehensive examination.
  3. This examination may be taken in the semester in which it is clear to the adviser and the student that the student will complete all coursework.
  4. Satisfactorily complete a professional portfolio (which was begun upon admission).
  5. Recommendation of the academic advisor.

Evidence-Based Practice Project

After admission to candidacy, oral defense of the proposed EBP project may proceed. The EBP project is an integral requirement of the D.N.P. degree. The project is a scholarly experience that provides evidence of the student's critical thinking and ability to apply research principles through problem identification, proposal development, implementation, and evaluation of a clinical problem. The project will reflect the culmination of knowledge and skills developed during the D.N.P. program. Following successful defense and implementation and evaluation of the project, the candidate presents the EBP Project in a forum that is open to the University community.

Evidence-Based Project Guidelines

Recommendations of Evidence-Based Project Committee