Course Descriptions

Doctor of Nursing Practice


DNP 7000
Bioethics for Advanced Practice Nursing
3 credits

This course will explore bioethical concepts that impact upon nursing practice. Students will focus on ethical concepts as they apply to the advanced practice, DNP nurse. Conceptual, factual, and normative issues will be explored to provide the framework within which many arguments of biomedical ethics are formulated. Analysis of leadership roles for the DNP within the context ethics and utilization of healthcare resources are studied in the context of ethical conflicts.


DNP 7101
Epidemiology in Advanced Practice
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the epidemiological approach to the study of public health problems in a community. Students will learn various methods to measure the burden of disease in a population, how to organize epidemiologic data, and the application of descriptive and analytic epidemiologic methods. In addition, the course will provide an introduction to biostatistics.


DNP 7102
Prevention and Population Health I
3 credits

This course will prepare the DNP student to develop and evaluate approaches to health care delivery that address the needs of various populations with a focus on prevention, quality of health care, diversity and patient safety. In Section I the DNP student will analyze epidemiologic, biostatistical and environmental data related to individual, aggregate and population health and synthesize interventions related to prevention, health promotion and access to care. The DNP student will be expected to apply these principles along with knowledge of nursing science to conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness as it relates to prevention and population health. Students will be expected to complete 28 hours of practicum during the course.


DNP 7103
Prevention and Population Health II
3 credits

TThis course will prepare the DNP student to develop and evaluate approaches to health care delivery that address the needs of various populations with a focus on prevention, quality of health care, diversity and patient safety. In Section II the DNP student will focus on the evaluation of care delivery models using concepts related to community, environmental and occupational health, as well as cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of care. The DNP student will have the opportunity to incorporate strategies that support sensitivity to diverse organizational cultures and populations in the clinical setting. Students will be expected to complete 28 hours of practicum during the course

Prerequisite(s): Co-Requisite - DNP 7102


DNP 7104
Politics and Policy in the Health Care System
3 credits

This course examines the perplexing challenges faced in the United States healthcare system. Students will be engaged in critical analysis of health policy, while building knowledge to shape systems in politically astute ways. Concepts and issues related to health policymaking and political processes are explored for their impact on specific spheres of advanced nursing practice in contemporary health care systems. Legislative/regulatory and health care delivery/financing issues are examined in relation to the advanced practice nurse leader’s role in health policy development and the impact these issues have on the health care system.


DNP 7105
Health Care Economics and the Business of Practice
3 credits

This course explores the role of the advanced practice nurse within a changing health care system. Students will explore the economic implications of the current economics and healthcare policies as a major impact on systems and advanced practice nursing. Theories of leadership, safety, quality, risk outcomes and financial structures for practice will be discussed, providing a framework for change contextually within advanced practice.


DNP 7106
Informatics in Health Care
3 credits

This course will provide a comprehensive examination of health care informatics. The role of advanced practice nurses in policy making, application design, technology selection, usability, safety, security, outcome data analysis, and interdisciplinary clinical workflow integration will be explored. The course will present strategies related to the utilization of information technology in quality improvement implementation, evidence-based practice, administrative and clinical decision-making, and patient and clinician education.


DNP 7107
Applied Evidence-Based Practice
3 credits

This course explores the philosophical underpinnings for nursing knowledge relevant to the role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Quantitative and qualitative research methods related to the generation of evidence will be analyzed related to practice. Students will develop search strategies to answer questions related to their topic of interest. The value of evidence-based care principles will guide the student into successful planning and implementation of their project.


DNP 8000
Doctor in Nursing Practice Project I
3 credits

This course will provide the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) student the opportunity to incorporate strategies of health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention, cultural competence, ethics, bioethics, informatics, and clinical management techniques in health care. Students will identify a pertinent topic discovered through evaluation of evidence-based literature. The Project Chair will guide students in making a contribution applicable to their practice setting, community, and/ or career focus. Students will formulate a statement of the problem, a brief review of the literature, methods to be used, anticipated results, and potential implications of the project. Students will be prepared to verbally present their DNP Proposal to the DNP Project Chair and project committee member(s) by the semester’s end

Prerequisite(s): DNP 7000-7107


DNP 8001
Doctor in Nursing Practice Project II
3 credits

Utilizing evidence based findings and practice inquiry skills, the DNP II student will synthesize and integrate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation of their project. Prior to data collection or interventions, DNP II students will complete the National Institute of Health (NIH) course, “Protecting Human Research Participants”, and produce a copy of their NIH-issued completion certificate. If applicable, the DNP Project Chair will also guide the DNP II student through Wilmington University’s Human Subjects Review Committee. With received approval, DNP II students begin to implement their selected DNP Project.

Prerequisite(s): DNP 8000


DNP 8002
Doctor in Nursing Practice Project III
3 credits

DNP III students master and exemplify independent advanced leadership and expert clinician roles. Students continue to implement their DNP Project, prepare the scholarly paper for submission, measure outcomes, ensure sustainability of the project, and disseminate results. DNP III students must present their work in a scholarly manner to colleagues and faculty. The completed DNP project, presentation, and scholarly paper are required for completion of DNP III and subsequent graduation.

Prerequisite(s): DNP 8000 and DNP 8001