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Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

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* Curriculum currently under revision (Fall 2018) 

Robbie McCauley, Asst. Professor and Director of the Doctorate of Nursing program and Graduate Department Chair 
Health & Life Science building, Office 158, (540)-665-7267.

The DNP program was created in response to calls from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and other national nursing organizations to move advanced practice nursing education to the doctoral level. The DNP program is designed to prepare clinical nurses with advanced knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences necessary to manage health care in a safe, effective and efficient manner and in a variety of settings.

The School of Nursing offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at two levels: BSN to DNP and Post Graduate DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge associated with expert advanced nursing practice and the advancement of the profession.
  2. Demonstrate expert skill in the delivery, management and leadership of primary health care.
  3. Demonstrate values consistent with the ethical delivery of expert advanced nursing practice.
  4. Exemplify unique meanings associated with expert advanced nursing practice and the profession.
  5. Actively and intellectually engage in advanced nursing and health care delivery designed to enhance expertise in caring for diverse populations.

Post Graduate DNP

The Post Graduate DNP can be completed by nurses with MSN degrees in five consecutive semesters, including summer. Didactic courses use distance technology in a synchronous, asynchronous, or occasional (face to face) format. 

At the completion of the program, students in the Post Graduate DNP are required to have 1,000 clock hours of supervised clinical experiences. The experiences depend on the type of DNP project and made in collaboration with faculty. Clinical hours may include hours earned in MSN and/or MSN post graduate certificate study. 

Program Total: 32 credits

*The ratio of clinical to clock hours is 1 clinical hour = 4 clock hours.

**May be completed at anytime during program of study.

***Continue to register until the project is completed.

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