Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP)

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Designed for students with a B.S. in nursing, the BSN-DNP program totals 78 credits. After completing 48 credits and 600 clinical hours, students receive a master's degree in nursing and are prepared to sit for the FNP exam. Students then progress into the DNP portion of the program, which has a systems/leadership focus.

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.

Course sequence:

  • 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