The BSN-DNP program requires 78 credits and is offered in a part-time, hybrid format. After completing 48 credits of graduate-level courses and 600 clinical hours, students receive a Master of Science in nursing, making them eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner national certification examination.
Students who meet all academic progression standards seamlessly progress into doctoral-level coursework, which has a systems/leadership focus. Students will complete the required 30 credits of doctoral-level courses, which include 15 credits in scholarly project development.
After completing 48 credits of master's-level courses in nursing, students will be able to:
- Assume the role of the advanced practice nurse to provide independent and collaborative health care based on evidence, scientific knowledge and science-based theory.
- Demonstrate leadership skills and culturally appropriate decision making throughout the continuum of an advance practice nurse.
- Incorporate continuous quality improvement within their health care practice and organization of employment to achieve safe and effective patient care.
- Demonstrate proficiency in health care technologies to provide quality patient care as an integral part of a health care team.
After completing 30 credits of post-master's doctoral courses, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate organizational and system leadership to improve the quality of health care for persons.
- Design, implement and evaluate strategies to address the environmental influences of culture, economics, ethics, law, policy, politics, society and technology on health outcomes.
- Engage in the processes of critical thinking, communication, change and lifelong learning as an advanced practice nurse.
Prerequisites include a B.S. in nursing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and three credits in statistics.
- BIO503: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
- NUR505: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
- NUR520: Research for Evidence Based Practice
- NUR512: Advanced Health Assessment (includes 40 clinical simulation hours)
- NUR510: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
- NUR533: Family Theories
- NUR535: Pharmacologic Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing
- NUR550: Managing Common Health Conditions
- NUR552: Managing Complex Health Conditions
- NUR540: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role I (includes 120 clinical hours)
- NUR514: Advanced Health Care Informatics
- NUR538: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
- NUR555: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role II (includes 240 clinical hours)
- NUR565: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role III (includes 240 clinical hours)
- NUR500: Research Methods
- NUR615: Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
- NUR625: Organizational and Systems Leadership in Healthcare
- NUR620: Epidemiology
- NUR633: Business and Legal Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing
- NUR650: DNP Capstone Project: Development
- NUR655: DNP Capstone Project: Implementation
- NUR660: DNP Capstone Project: Evaluation