Nursing Practice DNP

About this program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is for Registered Nurses with a Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN/BAN) or Entry Level Master's Degree in Nursing (ELMSN) who wish to expand their practice to include the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The BSN to DNP track is 80 credits and nine semesters long at full-time progression. 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 1st, 2018 and the final application deadline is February 1st, 2019 for Fall 2019 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 scholarship project during the Clinical Scholarship course sequences.

 All faculty members at the doctoral level are:

  • Doctoral prepared in their fields
  • Experienced in implementation science
  • Prepared to advise DNP capstone projects
  • Experienced in their field of practice
  • Nurse Practitioner faculty all practice as Advanced Practice Nurses

Information Sessions

Before applying, prospective students are highly encouraged to attend one of our monthly DNP information sessions to learn about program format, curriculum, time to completion, financing, and tips for submitting a strong application. No registration required.

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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  - email

Student outcomes

  • 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 inter-professional 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.

Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

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 ELMSN to DNP 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 or Entry Level Master's in Nursing from a an 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.

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.

If accepted into the DNP program, students are required to complete an approved upper division (BSN-DNP track) or graduate level statistics course (ELMSN-DNP track) prior to program start. See Applying to the Program for application information, details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.

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.

Application instructions

Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline: November 1

Final Application Deadline: February 1

The DNP program admits students every Fall.  Applicants meeting the priority application deadline should anticipate an early admission decision to start in the Fall of the following calendar year (i.e. November 1, 2017 to begin August 2018).

Early submission of completed application is highly recommended.

Late applications: The Department of Nursing reserves the right to review applications received after the final deadline up to June 15 to help ensure a full cohort.  Highly qualified applicants who have completed the Statistics pre-requisite (see page bottom) and are able to attend the required new student orientation, if admitted, may be invited to submit an application.  For more information about applying after the deadline, please contact Sandi.Gerick@metrostate.edu.

Application

A complete application file consists of two parts (three for international students).

Part One

  • Review the DNP Applicant Policies before starting your application.
  • Online Graduate Programs Application: Begin the application process by first completing an Online Graduate Programs Application. If you don’t have a StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application. 
    • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN) please follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
    • If you encounter difficulty with the online application, email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu. 
  • $20 non-refundable Application Fee: pay online 
    • Waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University and for certified veterans.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions ever attended. Click “Official Transcripts” for more information on what constitutes an official transcript and how they can be submitted.
    • Transcripts showing BS/BA or Entry-Level MS degrees in nursing must be from an accredited institution, also accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  
    • Applicants pursuing a BA/BS whose degree is in progress and who will possess the minimum requirement for full-time nursing practice experience by the time of application must petition for their application to be considered, if their degree will be completed by August 1 of Fall program start. Petition request form and instructions can be obtained by sending an email to Sandi.Gerick@metrostate.edu.
    • Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all previous post-secondary study and degrees, including any courses completed that did not directly lead to a completed degree.
    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be submitted and include a course-by-course transcript evaluation by either ECE (preferred) or WES. We will also accept evaluations from CGFNS. All transcripts and transcript evaluations must be official in order for your application to be considered complete. 
    • Electronic transcripts should be sent to graduate.studies@metrostate.edu.
  • Paper transcripts should be sent directly from the sending institution (preferred) to:
    • Metropolitan State University
      Attn: Graduate Admissions 
      700 East Seventh Street
      Saint Paul, MN 55106

Part Two

After you have submitted your online application, log in to the Applicant Portal using your StarID and password to enter your references, upload application materials and check on the status of your application. The Applicant Portal will indicate missing application items.

  • Evidence of one year of full-time registered nursing practice experience (equivalent to 2,080 hours) completed by the time of application. Using your StarID, upload via the Applicant Portal. 
  • Documentation from the applicant's employer(s) must be in the form of a letter on official letterhead from the Human Resources department and should include employment full-time equivalency (FTE) and dates of employment.
    • The 2,080 hours may have been acquired through multiple part-time positions or a part-time position over a few years (i.e. 0.5 FTE position held for 2 years).
    • If submitting multiple employment letters, letters must be scanned into ONE document and uploaded as a single document.
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for priority application must meet this criterion by the priority application deadline.
  • Two Professional References: Enter reference names and contact information via the Applicant Portal. 
    • Provide two references from current or former professional sources of people that know you well and can speak to your qualifications for this program, one from each category: 
      • One faculty member; preferably from your most recent nursing degree.
      • One supervisor/employer.
    • Individuals you enter as references will receive an auto-generated email containing a link to an electronic recommendation form; the link to the recommendation form is good for 60 days, however, the application deadline may come sooner. Paper forms and letters are not accepted. 
      • The auto-generated email will come from noreply@so.minnstate.edu (not from the university).
      • The subject line of the email will read: "Request for Graduate Studies Admission Recommendation."
      • References are advised to use a computer or laptop and Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to complete the form; not a mobile device or Internet Explorer.
      • Remind your references to check their inbox and junk mail.
      • Remind your references that the reference needs to be completed and submitted within the 60-day time period and no later than the due date for application (which might be earlier than the 60-day window).
      • Editing or entering a new reference or reference email address will generate a subsequent auto-generated email to the reference. 
    • If an applicant has been out of school for five years or more and a reference can no longer be obtained from a faculty member, an applicant may petition to substitute an additional supervisor recommendation. Petition request form and instructions can be obtained from Sandi Gerick, academic advisor, by sending an email to Sandi.Gerick@metrostate.edu
  • Admission Essay: Using your StarID, upload the essay using the Applicant Portal. The essay will be reviewed based on congruence of your answer in response to the questions posed, baccalaureate-level writing ability and evidence of critical thinking. 
    • An important part of the Metropolitan State Department of Nursing’s mission is to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations. Please submit a word-processed essay (approximately 1500 words), using double-spacing and 12-point font addressing the following questions: 
      • Describe how you envision the role and scope of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-prepared Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).  Please be sure to address both the doctoral degree preparation and the role of the FNP.
      • Describe the practice setting and patient population that you envision working with as a FNP and how this supports Metropolitan State’s mission.
      • Describe how you envision utilizing your DNP/FNP education to advance professional nursing.
      • Describe how your talents, experiences, and/or academic skills have prepared you to be successful in graduate education at Metropolitan State.
      • Applicants are expected to use their own words and ideas when responding to essay questions. To clarify or strengthen a point, applicants may choose to include the thoughts and ideas of others when responding. In these cases, applicants are required to provide proper 6th edition APA citation of the works in which the ideas originated and references for these citations. Applicant essays are subject to plagiarism review, including the use of plagiarism detecting software. The consequences for essay plagiarism will be decided by the Department of Nursing's Admission/Retention Committee and could result in consequences, including the full denial of an application.
      • Applicants are encouraged to review language regarding plagiarism found in our Library resources
  • Unencumbered License:
    • Using your StarID, upload using the Applicant Portal
    • Evidence of current unencumbered RN licensure in one state with eligibility for licensure in Minnesota.
    • PDF or an image file of your license or state board login page showing unencumbered license.
  • Computer Proficiency:
    • Using your StarID, upload using the Applicant Portal. 
    • Computer Proficiency Form (PDF)
    • A completed computer proficiency form acknowledges awareness of computer proficiency expectations established by the Department of Nursing.
  • Statistics completion:Prior to fall program start, all admitted DNP students must have completed an upper division or graduate-level statistics course that is less than five years old with an earned grade of "B" or better. While this course does not have to be completed by the time of application, it is strongly recommended that applicants complete this requirement during the fall or spring semesters prior to program start. For more information about statistics, contact Sandi.Gerick@metrostate.edu.
    • Post-BSN applicants:This course is intended to fulfill the pre-requisite requirement for STAT 621 which is taken in the first semester of the post-BSN progression. Community college courses are lower division, so the statistics course would need to be junior/senior level or graduate level from a four-year institution. Upper division courses generally start with 3 or 4 (i.e. STAT 301 or MATH 4250), and may also require lower-division pre-requisite courses. Courses that start with a 1 (100 or 1000) or 2 (200 or 2000) do NOT meet this requirement.
    • Post-ELMSN applicants:The statistics course must be graduate-level.


Questions about applying to the DNP program?

Questions about the online application fee, transcripts and the document upload function can be sent to graduate.studies@metrostate.edu (preferred) or you can call 612-659-7150.

Questions about Part Two application requirements, or the DNP program in general, can be sent to Sandi.Gerick@metrostate.edu (preferred) or you can call 651-793-1379.

Program requirements

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. Exceptions: students may earn a minimum grade of C in STAT 621 and one additional DNP course.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within six years of beginning DNP coursework for post-BSN students, and five years for post-ELMSN students.

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 the items listed on the pre-practicum requirements page. Requirements must be valid for the duration of practicum experiences.

The Nursing and Dental Hygiene Programs endeavor to provide students with appropriate clinical training placements, but cannot guarantee placements in all circumstances. Students with personal circumstances that may limit their eligibility to participate in clinical experiences are encouraged to contact the Nursing/Dental Hygiene Program Chair as soon as possible.

Student licensure

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses for the advanced practice role as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). Graduates of the this program will be awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and will be eligible to sit for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner FNP Certification Examination or the American Nurses Credentialing Certification FNP Certification Examination.

Course requirements

Requirements (82 credits)

BSN to DNP track
Core: Research and theory (35 credits)

NURS 602 Ethical Dimensions for Nursing Practice

2 credits

This course focuses on the theory and skills that prepare nurses to be competent participants of a moral community. Content includes analysis and application of several conceptualizations of ethical behavior, examination of the roots of ethical behavior, clarification of values, ethical decision making, collaboration with others to determine ethical standards, and evaluation of an ethic of care in nursing practice. Students explore caring and justice within health care. Graduate students further examine the ethical dimensions related to advanced nursing roles.

Full course description for Ethical Dimensions for Nursing Practice

NURS 604 Research Methodology

3 credits

This course examines the application of research methods to practice issues in nursing and the health sciences. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches, methodologies, and techniques of data analysis are addressed. Research critique skills are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the application of analytic methods to critically appraise scientific literature. Competence Statement: Knows the research process including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies well enough to critically analyze and synthesize a body of scientific literature.

Full course description for Research Methodology

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.

Full course description for Family Health Nursing

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.

Full course description for Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 621 Primary Care Nursing I

3 credits

This course introduces the application of nursing science in evidence-based primary prevention, risk assessment and health maintenance across the lifespan. Students learn the management of select common acute health condition. Students utilize assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills in the interpretation of subjective and objective data. Students 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 care across the lifespan.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing I

NURS 646 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice

2 credits

This course focuses on the development and use of informatics for nursing practice and administration. Discussions will explore the use of patient information systems in the management of nursing and health care services, challenges and opportunities related to nursing informatics, strategies for facilitating effective and appropriate application of information and computer science in nursing.

Full course description for Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice

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.

Full course description for Advanced Nursing Science

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.

Full course description for Evidence-Based Practice

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.

Full course description for Epidemiology and Population Health

STAT 621 Advanced Biostatistics in Health Research

4 credits

This course is the application of statistical knowledge in reading, evaluating, and utilizing research findings. Students will know and understand the advanced statistical methods applied in the health sciences, and the students will develop the skills required to critique research, especially nursing research, and to have an understanding of the fundamental requirements of conducting their own research studies.

Full course description for Advanced Biostatistics in Health Research

Core: Leadership (12 credits)

NURS 647 Leadership in Health Care Systems

3 credits

This course focuses on the theoretical foundation needed to provide leadership in the management of health care systems and personnel in various settings including in-patient facilities, clinics, long-term care facilities and community health settings. Contemporary and emerging approaches to leadership and management are critiqued. Selected leadership approaches are applied to organizational development and design, planning and marketing, changing roles of workers in organizations, and population health improvement.

Full course description for Leadership in Health Care Systems

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.

Full course description for Resource Management and Finance for Health Care

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.

Full course description for Health Policy and Advocacy

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. This course includes 50 hours of community based experiences for the application of course related principles.

Full course description for Designing for Quality in Health Care

Core: Clinical (25 credits)

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 requirements.

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.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing I Practicum

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.

Full course description for Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice

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.

Full course description for Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice Lab

NURS 621 Primary Care Nursing I

3 credits

This course introduces the application of nursing science in evidence-based primary prevention, risk assessment and health maintenance across the lifespan. Students learn the management of select common acute health condition. Students utilize assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills in the interpretation of subjective and objective data. Students 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 care across the lifespan.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing I

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.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing II: Secondary Prevention across the Lifespan

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.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing II Practicum

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.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing III: Pediatrics

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.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing III: Pediatrics

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.

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing IV: Complex Care

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…

Full course description for Primary Care Nursing IV: Complex Care Practicum

DNP scholarship project (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.

Full course description for Pre-Scholarship

NURS 750 DNP Scholarship I

3 credits

This course focuses on developing a proposal for a clinical scholarship project designed to improve 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 clinical scholarship project proposal.

Full course description for DNP Scholarship I

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.

Full course description for DNP Scholarship II

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.

Full course description for DNP Scholarship III

Entry level MSN to DNP track

Program 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.

Core: Research and theory (19 credits)

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.

Full course description for Advanced Nursing Science

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.

Full course description for Evidence-Based Practice

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.

Full course description for Epidemiology and Population Health

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.

Full course description for Family Health Nursing

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.

Full course description for Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Core: Leadership (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. This course includes 50 hours of community based experiences for the application of course related principles.

Full course description for Designing for Quality in Health Care

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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Core: Clinical (25 credits)

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…

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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

3 credits

This course introduces the application of nursing science in evidence-based primary prevention, risk assessment and health maintenance across the lifespan. Students learn the management of select common acute health condition. Students utilize assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills in the interpretation of subjective and objective data. Students 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 care 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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DNP scholarship project (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 improve 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 clinical scholarship 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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