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 7000 Bioethics for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • DNP 7101 Available Online Epidemiology in Advanced Practice
  • DNP 7102 Available Online Prevention and Population Health I *
  • DNP 7103 Prevention and Population Health II *
  • DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Health Care System
  • DNP 7105 Health Care Economics and the Business of Practice
  • DNP 7106 Informatics in Health Care
  • DNP 7107 Applied Evidence Based Practice

DNP Project (9 credits)

DNP 8000 Doctor in Nursing Practice Project I *

DNP 8001 Doctor in Nursing Practice Project II *

DNP 8002 Doctor in 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 and culminates with completion in DNP 8002. A majority of the experiential hours is 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 provides a method of communication with the health care world. Students are encouraged to individualize their project toward their career focus as a D.N.P.

Candidacy for the D.N.P. program requires the completion of the graduate admission process, a grade point average of 3.0, and completion of the D.N.P. core (24 credit hours), including 56 experiential hours. Students will be assigned to a D.N.P. faculty advisor who will serve as the D.N.P. 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: (1) maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, (2) show evidence of dissemination of scholarly work, (3) obtain approval of the student's & D.N.P. project; and (4) successfully complete and present the 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 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.