Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Academics and Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a part-time program preparing nurses at the highest level for advanced clinical practice. The program is designed for either post baccalaureate or post master’s students who work full-time. Your degree plan will be individualized depending upon previous coursework.

Program of Study

The DNP program is designed to meet the educational needs for the complexity of today’s health care environment. Coursework will provide you with a strong foundation to accelerate evidence translation, critically appraise the practice environment, drive organizational change and lead interprofessional approaches to achieve quality outcomes. Courses are offered in a flexible hybrid format—which includes a blend of online coursework with some in-person late-afternoon class sessions.

Clinical Practicum

Working with course faculty and DNP advisors, students select meaningful practicum experiences based on the DNP essentials. As a student, you will enjoy priority access to the vast, rich resources of our academic medical center for an outstanding educational experience. A minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours is required to complete your DNP degree.

After graduating with your DNP degree, you’ll be able to:

  • Employ clinical scholarship, implementation science, and health care analytics to advance evidence-based practice at the individual, organizational, community, or population level through systematic investigation of an identified practice issue.
  • Drive organizational and systems innovation to improve patient outcomes and optimize health care delivery.
  • Emerge as practice leaders that utilize collaborative, consultative, and leadership skills on intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to achieve high quality, high-value patient-centered care.
  • Develop leadership skills to effectively advocate for policy initiatives related to health care economics, regulation, access, and delivery.
  • Integrate advanced nursing knowledge and specialty competencies with clinical scholarship in an identified area of nursing practice.

Year 1

Course Title Credits
NUR 570 Clinical and Translational Research Design 4 credits
NLX 466 Epidemiology 3 credits
NLX 471 Trends in Health Economics, Policy and Regulations 4 credits
NUR 572 Appraisal and Application of Evidence in Healthcare 3 credits
NLX 470 Foundations of Leadership and Organizational Behavior 4 credits

Year 2

Course Title Credits
NLX 464 Informatics, Process Improvement, and Value in Health Care 4 credits
NUR 574 Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations 3 credits
NUR 575 Health Policy Development and Political Change 3 credits
NUR 576 DNP Practicum I 3 credits
112 clinical hours
NUR 577 DNP Practicum II 3 credits
112 clinical hours

Year 3

Course Title Credits
NUR 573 Interprofessional Partnerships 3 credits
NUR 578 DNP Practicum III 0 credits
NUR 578 DNP Practicum III 0 credits
NUR 578 DNP Practicum III 0 credits

Total course hours: 40
Total DNP Practicum Hours: 224
* Credits vary depending on clinical master's hours