Program:
Nursing

Degree Awarded:
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Length of Program:
Full-time: 10 semesters
Part-time: 16+ semesters

Application Deadlines:
Fall semester: June 15
Spring Semester: Oct. 15
Summer Semester: March 15
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High demand for doctorally prepared nurses

As a doctorally prepared nurse, you gain knowledge​ not only of clinical practice, but also of the business and management side of health care.

Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program option provides nurses with expanded knowledge and expertise to address contemporary aspects of clinical practice and health care. The BSN to DNP option builds on the basic nursing knowledge of the Bachelor’s-degree prepared nurse and provides advanced knowledge and clinical skills to enter the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role.

Choose from our program options:

Students can choose from full- or part-time study options. As you progress from course to course, you will:

  • Solidify your knowledge of patient care through the application of clinical scholarship to improve health care delivery systems.
  • Receive an interprofessional education to enhance your leadership and communication skills to lead health care teams in creating innovative solutions for complex delivery systems.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion policies to provide better patient outcomes and address gaps in care for population health.

The final requirement of the DNP program consists of a residency experience that includes a DNP project to demonstrate your ability to translate scientific research into evidence-based, client-centered health care practice.

State Authorization & Licensure Information

How we prepare
the best

  • Concentrations in Adult–Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
  • Curriculum emphasizing evidence-based practice
  • Interprofessional education focus
  • Flexible online format
  • Opportunity to earn a degree in ten semesters
  • Full- or part-time study options

Required Courses for BSN to DNP

Core Requirement Courses
Courses Semester Hours
◊ DNP 915 - Outcomes of Health Care in a Global Society 3
DNP 916 - Health Care Informatics and Data Analytics 3
DNP 918 - Organizational Systems and Behaviors 2
DNP 919 - Healthcare Policy and Law 3
DNP 932 - Leadership 3
DNP 944 - Biostatistics/Epidemiology 2
DNP 945 - Health Care Economics and Financial Management 3
DNP 948 - Evidence-Based Practice 3
DNP 960 - DNP Scholarly Project I 2
DNP 961 - DNP Scholarly Project II 2
DNP 962 - DNP Scholarly Project III 2
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 28
Required Electives

4 semester hours required

Courses Semester Hours
DNP 924 - Entrepreneurship 2
DNP 925 - Grant Writing 2
DNP 926 - Program Planning and Evaluation 2
EDD 934 - Learning Theories and Adult Education Methods 3
NS 827 - Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
DNP 963 - DNP Scholarly Project IV 3
DNP 964 - DNP Scholarly Project V 3

There are four (4) options offered for the BSN-DNP. They are Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA).

Specialty Option Courses in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care to adult and gerontological patients in acute care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and healthcare, and will assume the role of educator, referral agent, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 861 - Introduction to Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 862 - Applying Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 863 - Complex Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 864 - Advanced Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 854 - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 39

*The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Specialty Option Courses in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care for patients in mental and/or behavioral health settings. The learner will engage in identifying key concepts and theories related to psychiatric-mental health nursing, strategies for communicating clearly with patients, and evidence-based treatment options or plans that meet the unique needs of each patient. The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner takes on the roles of educator, communicator, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 855 - Pharmacology for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 2
NS 856 - Introduction to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3
NS 857 - Application of Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 858 - Complex Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 859 - Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 860 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 41

*The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Specialty Option Courses in Family Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care of the individual and family in primary care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and healthcare, as well as recognized and evidence-based care standards to deliver family-centered care. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) assumes the role of educator, referral agent, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 - Primary Health Care I 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 840 - Primary Care of Children and Adolescent 3
NS 842 - Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 - Primary Health Care II 3
NS 852 - Family Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 39

*The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at one time.

Tuition and Fees

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Doctoral Program Courses

Cost per Credit Hour
$839


Cost per Semester
$5,344 - Full-time (6 hrs)
$2,672 - Part-time (3 hrs)

Tuition
Doctoral Program Courses$839 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: Online $35 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ student
NS 807 Cultural Assessment Fee $75/ class
MSN: Graduate Weekend and Typhon (NS 830) $235/ student
MSN: Lab Fee – Graduate Weekend (Supplies kit) ( NS 832, NS 844) (NP only) $90/ class
HESI Pre-Cert for Nurse Practitioners (NS 844) $76/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

$103,000
Payscale.com, 2019

Job Outlook

Overall employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. 
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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