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
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.
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
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