Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing

Program Requirements

Courses (including the clinical practicum and the doctoral project) are developed as follows:

DNP Core (24 credits)

DNP Project (9 credits)

DNP 8000 Available Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I *

DNP 8001 Available Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II *

DNP 8002 Available Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III *

*Includes experiential academic engagement, totaling 500 hours.

DNP Project

The project highlights the scholarly contribution of doctoral level advanced practice nursing to the ever-changing landscape of health care. Within the framework of evidence-based practice, students identify a pertinent topic. The project begins in DNP 8000 Available Online and culminates with completion in DNP 8002 Available Online. A majority of the experiential hours are devoted to the doctoral project; however, other courses may have experiential academic engagement hours. The final formal scholarly document details the nature and scope of the project, and requires that students disseminate their findings to the healthcare community. Students are encouraged to individualize their project toward their career focus as a DNP.

Candidacy for the DNP program requires the completion of the graduate admission process, a grade point average of 3.0, and completion of the DNP core (24 credit hours), including 56 experiential hours. Students will be assigned to a DNP faculty advisor who will serve as the DNP Project Chair, providing guidance and advice throughout the three sequential semesters of project completion. The remaining supervisory committee member(s) will be mutually agreed upon between the student and faculty advisor.

Qualifications for the Degree

To qualify for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree, a student must satisfactorily complete the 33-credit post-graduate program. The student must also: (1) maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, (2) show evidence of dissemination of scholarly work, (3) and successfully complete and present their final doctoral project. These requirements must be completed within seven years of matriculation into the program. A petition for reinstatement is necessary if the program is not completed within a seven-year period.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.