The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)/Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) to Doctor of Nursing Pathway provides Ph.D. and DNSc-prepared nurses with the ability to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice in either Leadership or Advanced Practice upon review of prior master’s and doctoral coursework. Individual PhD and DNSc transcripts will be reviewed by the DNP Program Chair to identify if prior doctoral coursework is eligible for transfer to the DNP program. A maximum of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses) will be accepted for transfer into the DNP program. Admitted students will complete the remaining coursework required for their specialty concentration with an individualized degree plan. DNP project courses are ineligible for transfer credit. Each student will be required to complete a year-long evidence-based DNP project and 1,000 post-baccalaureate experiential engagement hours. Nationally board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be awarded 500 hours of credit upon admission to the program. Nurse leaders may be awarded credit for practicum/clinical hours completed during graduate coursework.
The DNP Program exists within a framework of professional, academic rigor that culminates requiring planning, implementing, and evaluating an evidence-based doctoral project. The DNP Project highlights the scholarly contribution of DNP-prepared nurses to the ever-changing health care landscape. Within the framework of evidence-based practice, students identify a pertinent topic to further study, most commonly within their workplace. The project begins in DNP 8000 and culminates with completion of DNP 8002. A majority of the experiential hours are devoted to the doctoral project: however, other courses do incorporate experiential academic engagement hours. The final project manuscript details the nature and scope of the project, and students are required to disseminate their finding to the health care community. Students are encouraged to individualize their project toward their career focus as a DNP prepared nurse and will be assigned to a DNP faculty advisor who will serve as the DNP Project Chair, providing guidance throughout the three sequential semesters of project completion. The DNP Project Team will be mutually agreed upon between the student and faculty advisor.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2019 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.