Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is for RNs with a Entry Level Master's degree in nursing who wish to expand their practice to include the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role of the Family Nurse Practitioner. The ELMSN to DNP track is 64 credits and seven semesters long at full-time progression (a part-time study option is not available at this time). Four semesters of clinical rotations include primary care across the lifespan. Students accumulate at least 1,000 hours of experience through clinical practicum and scholarship work.

The priority application deadline is November 1 and the final application deadline is February 8 for Fall 2017 admission.

The curriculum consists of didactic and clinical course work structured around the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education and when appropriate, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies. Didactic and clinical course work culminates in the completion of an evidence-based clinical capstone project during the Clinical Scholarship course sequences.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of Metropolitan State University's DNP program will be able to influence health care in many ways by:

  • Translating scientific knowledge into nursing practice.
  • Leading practice initiatives that influence population health care outcomes with a focus on underserved individuals, families and communities.
  • Utilizing information systems technology to improve patient care and health care systems.
  • Facilitating interprofessional collaboration to ensure safe and effective health care.
  • Practicing holistic, evidence-based advanced nursing care with a focus on underserved individuals, families, and communities.
  • Advocating for public policy to prevent illness and promote population health.

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Admission Criteria

Program Entry

Entry into the DNP program occurs in one of two ways depending upon your level of nursing preparation.

  • The BSN to DNP option is for nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Award upon successful completion is the DNP degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • The Post-Entry Level Master's option is for nurses who have earned an entry-level master's degree in nursing. Award upon successful completion is the DNP degree with a concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Transcripts must indicate completion of a BS or BA in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university, also accredited by either the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students in their last semester of their baccalaureate program in nursing may apply for conditional admission.

Transcripts of applicants with a graduate degree in nursing must also indicate completion of an MS in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university, also accredited by either the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all previous post-secondary study and degrees, including any courses completed that did not lead directly to a completed degree.

Following review of applications an interview with DNP faculty may be requested.

Application Requirements
  • Graduate Application
  • Non-refundable $40 Application Fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Evidence of Current Unencumbered RN License
  • Goals Essay
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Computer Proficiency Form

See Applying to the Program for application information, details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.

Pre-Practicum Requirements

Prior to beginning the practicum experience, information must be submitted to the Department of Nursing which may include, but is not limited to:

  • Acceptance of Compliance with Agency Requirements
  • Communicable Disease Immunity
  • Verification of hours of RN work experience (1,000 hours)
  • Current CPR certification
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services Background Study Form
  • MSN Authorization for Release of Student Background Study Information
  • Nursing Student Release Form
  • Evidence of an unencumbered RN license with current registration to practice in Minnesota and the state(s) in which practicum will be conducted
  • Student liability coverage
  • Evidence of current health insurance
  • Evidence of completion of HIPAA training

Requirements must be valid for the duration of practicum experiences.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of eight credits may be transferred into a plan of study. Per Minnesota State regulations, a maximum of four doctoral level credits may be transferred into a plan of study. Doctoral transfer credits must have prior approval, and be taken following admission to the DNP program.

Evaluation of Credentials of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools

Graduates of foreign nursing schools who apply to the nursing program are required to have transcripts evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. The evaluation report will serve as the basis for the transcript evaluation needed for admission to the university and the nursing program.

Additional Information

Course Sequencing and Time to Completion
  • All courses must be completed in sequence.
  • Students must achieve a minimum of a B in each course in order to progress.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within six years of beginning DNP coursework.
Accreditation

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission:

Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
312-263-0456

The DNP program at Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

The DNP program is approved as an APRN preparation program by the:

Minnesota Board of Nursing
2829 University Avenue SE #200
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3252
Phone: 612-617-2270
Fax: 612-617-2190
Toll Free: 888-234-2690 FREE (MN, IA, ND, SD, WI)
TTY: 800-627-3529
nursing.board@state.mn.us
www.nursingboard.state.mn.us

Faculty

All faculty members at the doctoral level are:

  • Holders of doctorates in their fields
  • Authors of applied or refereed publications
  • Professionally trained as advisors for applied research projects
  • Experienced in their employment fields
  • Nurse Practitioner faculty all practice as Advanced Practice Nurses

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 64 total credits)

Entry Level MSN to DNP Track - Research/Theory Core Requirements (19 credits)

To earn the Post-Entry level MSN to DNP degree, the student must complete 64 credits distributed in the following areas. The specific courses that meet these requirements are listed below.

Completion of a graduate-level statistics course is required to be eligible for program application. Course must have been completed within the previous five years with a grade of B or better.

  • NURS 607 Family Health Nursing
    3 credits

    This course focuses on family nursing. Major theoretical foundations are presented including family systems, development, structure-function, and stress. Issues related to contemporary families are explored including gay and lesbian families, responses to grief and loss, family violence, and socio-cultural influences. The clinical decision making skills of assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation are applied to families experiencing a transition or a chronic health problem. Students will work with a family whose cultural, racial, or lifestyle background is different from their own. Graduate students will evaluate the effectiveness of family nursing interventions.

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  • NURS 609 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
    3 credits

    This course focuses on foundational principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Indications, efficacy, therapeutic effects, and adverse effects of selected drugs will be examined, compared and contrasted. Utilizing critical thinking skills, the student will incorporate evidence-based, ethical, and holistic principles into pharmacotherapeutic decision making.

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  • NURS 610 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
    3 credits

    This course focuses on advanced physiologic and pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying human responses to disease or illness across the lifespan. Students will build on knowledge of advanced physiology. Competence Statement: Knows the principles of pathophysiological changes well enough to recognize the signs and symptoms of disease states.

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  • NURS 700 Advanced Nursing Science
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the philosophy of science in nursing and its application to practice inquiry and practice knowledge development. Theories, models, and concepts that inform advanced nursing practice are systematically examined and evaluated. Students analyze the foundations of middle-range theories and explore application of theory to doctoral advanced nursing practice.

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  • NURS 703 Evidence-Based Practice
    4 credits

    This course focuses on skills needed to find and critique a body of health-related literature and the application of evidence-based nursing practice. Content includes translational research approaches and evidence-based practice concepts. Students synthesize a body of health-related literature relative to application in an evidence-based practice model. Competence Statement: Knows evidence-based practice concepts well enough to synthesize evidence from multiple studies and combine it with the expertise of the practitioner as well as the patient preferences and values in the delivery of doctoral level advanced nursing practice.

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  • NURS 708 Epidemiology and Population Health
    3 credits

    This course focuses on analyzing epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other appropriate scientific data related to population health. The student applies this knowledge in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to address health promotion/disease prevention efforts, improve health status/access patterns, and/or address gaps in care for diverse populations. A global perspective to population health is incorporated into advanced nursing practice roles. This course includes 50 hours of community based experiences for the application of course related principles.

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Leadership Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • HSCI 648 Designing for Quality in Health Care
    3 credits

    This course focuses on clinical and operational excellence and continuous improvement of quality and safety from the leadership perspective. Process improvement philosophies, approaches, models, and methods are reviewed and applied to health care delivery. Critical communication, collaboration, and leadership skills are incorporated and evaluated throughout the course. Competence Statement: Knows the theories, principles and methods of continuous quality improvement, work flow design, and human factors well enough to develop a quality improvement proposal.

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  • NURS 749 Resource Management and Finance for Health Care
    3 credits

    This course focuses on mastering the knowledge and strategies essential for financial and human resource development and oversight within the health care delivery environment. The relationships between health care economics, human resource management, and health policy within organizations are analyzed. Strategic and business planning principles and approaches are presented and applied. Competence Statement: Knows the principles of financial management and human resource development well enough to critically appraise a health care issue and analyze the personnel impacts, costs and benefits, and cost effectiveness of a proposed solution.

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  • NURS 751 Health Policy and Advocacy
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the analysis of regulations and policies that impact health and health care. Students analyze health issues and the social, economic, and political implications of current and proposed policies. Students compare health policies and health outcomes within a global context to evaluate alternative approaches to advancing health equity. Students learn to develop and pursue appropriate strategies to influence policy makers and educate others.

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Clinical Core Requirements (25 credits)

Program note: NURS 616/616L are 2 credit courses. NURS 724 Primary Care Nursing IV (3 credits) and NURS 724P Primary Care Nursing IV Practicum (2 credits) are additional Clinical Core requirements.

  • NURS 616 Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
    2 credits

    This course focuses on the advanced, comprehensive assessment of individuals across the lifespan. A holistic, nursing theoretical framework provides the structure for the course. The course builds on the students' knowledge and skills of basic physical assessment, anatomy and physiology, and provides a foundation for the advance practice nurse to evaluate the health of individuals across the life span. The course emphasizes documentation, and practice skills necessary for advanced communication, biopsychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning, and clinical decision-making. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills through a case based, problem focused learning framework that integrates theoretical, empirical, and experience-based practical knowledge. Competence Statement: Knows the principles of holistic health assessment well enough to apply these skills and techniques in a simulated setting.

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  • NURS 616L Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice Lab
    2 credits

    This laboratory experience focuses on the application of skills taught in N616. Students will practice interview skills, physical exam techniques and assessments across the lifespan. Demonstration of complete physical exam is required for course completion. Competence Statement: Knows the skills and techniques of a holistic assessment well enough to obtain a complete health history perform an age appropriate complete physical exam and problem focused physical exam, and provide age appropriate health promotion and anticipatory guidance across the lifespan.

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  • NURS 621 Primary Care Nursing I: Primary Prevention Across the Lifespan
    3 credits

    This course introduces the application of nursing science in evidence-based primary prevention, risk assessment and health maintenance across the lifespan. Students will also learn the management of select common acute health concerns. Students utilize assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills in the interpretation of subjective and objective data. Students will develop differential diagnosis skills and begin to develop individualized holistic treatment plans. Competence Statement: Knows primary prevention concepts and select acute care concepts well enough to provide evidence based preventive care services across the lifespan.

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  • NURS 621P Primary Care Nursing I Practicum
    2 credits

    This clinical practicum course builds on the clinical reasoning skills learned in N616 and facilitates application of content of NURS 621. In a clinical setting serving primarily adults, student will perform histories and physicals, determine differential diagnoses, and develop holistic plans of care under the guidance of a preceptor. Accurate interpretation of clinical data, appropriate prescribing practices, and accurate documentation of patient encounters is fostered. A minimum of 150 clinical hours with approved preceptor(s) are required. Competence Statement: Knows primary prevention concepts and select acute care concepts well enough to develop an implement a health maintenance plan and provide basic primary care for select acute problems.

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  • NURS 709 Applied Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
    1 credits

    This course builds on the theoretical pharmacology knowledge that students obtain in N609. This course involves the application of theoretical pharmacology knowledge. The prescribing of medication in our current healthcare system is a very complicated process that requires consideration of multiple variables including complex illness, polypharmacy, ethical, cultural, and socioeconomic issues. Students in this course will apply theoretical pharmacologic knowledge to the complex, real-world patient situations they will be encountering in daily clinical practice.

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  • NURS 722 Primary Care Nursing II: Secondary Prevention across the Lifespan
    3 credits

    This course utilizes the Schuler Nurse Practitioner Practice Model and other nursing theories to focus on evidence-based secondary prevention concepts, health maintenance, treatment and management of specific diseases across the lifespan. Students will demonstrate increasing proficiency in assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills in the interpretation of subjective and objective data. Competence Statement: Knows secondary prevention well enough to diagnose, treat, and manage select acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan.

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  • NURS 722P Primary Care Nursing II Practicum
    2 credits

    This clinical practicum course builds on the skills learned in N621 and facilitates application of content in N722 with a focus on clinical decision making skills. In a clinical setting serving clients across the lifespan, students focus on the advancement of differential diagnostic and critical thinking skills. Students integrate knowledge of family, culture, holism, community, and caring as they plan holistic care for clients in clinical settings. A minimum of 150 clinical hours with an approved preceptor(s) are required. Competence Statement: Knows secondary prevention and select acute and chronic concepts well enough to provide primary care across the lifespan in the clinical setting in collaboration with a clinical preceptor.

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  • NURS 723 Primary Care Nursing III: Pediatrics
    3 credits

    This course utilizes the Schuler Nurse Practitioner Practice Model and other nursing theories to focus on evidence-based secondary and tertiary prevention, health maintenance, treatment and management of specific diseases across the lifespan with an emphasis in pediatrics. Students will continue to demonstrate increasing proficiency in assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills in the interpretation of subjective and objective data across the lifespan. Students will continue to demonstrate proficiency in assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills in the interpretation of subjective and objective data across the lifespan. Competence Statement: Knows secondary and tertiary prevention well enough to diagnose, treat, and manage select acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan.

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  • NURS 723P Primary Care Nursing III: Pediatrics
    2 credits

    This course focuses on practicum which includes enhancement of history taking and physical examination skills in addition to introduction of new pediatric concepts. Seminars focus on the advancement of clinical reasoning through case study examination, documentation review, and discussion with a pediatric focus. Students integrate knowledge of family, culture, holism, community, and caring as they plan holistic care for clients in clinical settings across the lifespan. Issues that arise from the clinical setting regarding advanced practice nursing roles will be addressed. This practicum includes a minimum of 150 clinical hours with approved preceptor(s) with an emphasis in pediatrics. Competence Statement: Knows principles primary and secondary prevention, etiology, clinical findings, and advanced practice nursing theories and roles well enough to provide family practice nurse practitioner care to clients in clinical settings.

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  • NURS 724 Primary Care Nursing IV: Complex Care
    3 credits

    This course focuses on developing advanced skills in primary care management of adult and older adult clients with complex, multi-system illnesses. Etiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnoses, disease management issues, and ongoing health promotion/disease prevention will be addressed utilizing an evidence-based framework for providing complex care based in systems biology, healthy aging theory, and advanced practice nursing theory. Health disparities, based in racism, ethnicity, poverty, and structural violence, their effects on physical and mental health, and the DNP- prepared advanced practice nurse¿s responsibility to combat these disparities will be addressed along with the DNP role in providing case management for persons with complex, debilitating illnesses. Competence Statement: Knows principles of advanced practice nursing well enough to diagnose and manage chronic complex, multi-system health problems of the adult and older adult in simulated settings.

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  • NURS 724P Primary Care Nursing IV: Complex Care Practicum
    2 credits

    This clinical practicum focuses on the management of complex, multi-system illness of adults and older adults. Seminars focus on the advancement of differential diagnostic and critical thinking skills through case study examination, critical self-evaluation, documentation review, and seminar discussion. Students integrate knowledge of nursing science, social science, biological science, biomedicine, ethics, public and community health, mental health, integrative and functional care systems, and trauma-informed care as they plan holistic care for adult and older adult clients with complex, multi-system illnesses in the clinical setting. Health promotion needs appropriate to the client¿s complex needs are also addressed. Competence Statement: N724P: Knows principles of health promotion, etiology, clinical findings, differential diagnoses, nursing theories and roles well enough to provide advanced practice nursing care to adult and older adult clients with complex, multi-system illnesses in clinical settings and to transition from student NP role to independent novice practitioner.

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Capstone Scholarship (11 credits)

  • NURS 741 Pre-Scholarship
    2 credits

    This course focuses on conducting a needs assessment and defining the scope of a problem at a community site that will serve as the location for the DNP clinical scholarship project. Students will start to accrue required clinical hours for their clinical scholarship projects. Competence Statement: Know concepts of needs assessment well enough to identify a clinical practice problem and the scope of a clinical scholarship project.

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  • NURS 750 DNP Scholarship I
    3 credits

    This course focuses on developing a proposal for a clinical scholarship project designed to improved health outcomes of a defined population. Students will identify theoretical underpinnings, analyze scientific evidence, and evaluate the literature applicable to the clinical scholarship project. Students must successfully present the clinical scholarship proposal. Students accrue 100 clinical hours related to the clinical scholarship project. Competence Statement: Knows concepts of practice project design well enough to develop and successfully present a DNP Capstone Project proposal.

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  • NURS 760 DNP Scholarship II
    3 credits

    This course focuses on implementing a clinical scholarship project designed to improve health outcomes of a defined population. Students will lead the clinical scholarship project; while collaborating with stakeholders, the capstone clinical mentor, and the Capstone Project Adviser. Students accrue 100 clinical hours related to the clinical scholarship project. Competence Statement: Knows concepts of project management well enough to implement the clinical scholarship project.

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  • NURS 770 DNP Scholarship III
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the evaluation of a clinical scholarship project designed to improve health outcomes of a defined population. Students will evaluate the entire project process, present a plan for project sustainability, and reflect on his/her role leading the project. Students must successfully present the clinical scholarship project and develop a plan for dissemination of the findings. Students will accrue 100 clinical hours related to the clinical scholarship project. Competence Statement: Knows concepts of project management well enough to evaluate and present the clinical scholarship project.

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