Introducing the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a clinical practice degree program for working professional nurses. It builds on master’s level advance practice preparation.  Students will integrate competencies for advanced nursing practice roles in clinical practice, leadership, health policy and education as well as further develop their scholarship capacity in the area of evidence based practice.

 A total of 7 quarters or 61-quarter units will be required for graduation. 

In addition, a DNP Scholarly Project is required to demonstrate the synthesis of evidence-based practice in a practice area specific to the student’s clinical specialty and will include the application of research and quality improvement principles.

 

Courses

Quarter 1 (9 units) - DNP Orientation/ Program Immersion - Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (3u) - Clinical Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice (3u) - Communication & Ethics (2u) - Education Strategies & Evaluation in DNP Practice (1u/ online)

Quarter 2 (12 units) -  Organizational & Systems Leadership (3u) -  Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice (3u) -  Clinical Prevention & Population Health (3u) -  Informatics for DNP Practice (2u/online) -  Education Strategies & Evaluation in DNP Practice (1 unit/ online)

Quarter 3 (10 units) - Financial & Management Cost Analysis of Health Care (3u) - Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient & Population Health    Outcomes (3u) - Healthcare Policy & Advocacy in Healthcare (3u) - Education Strategies & Evaluation in DNP Practice (1 unit/ online)

Quarter 4 (6 units) - Dissemination & Translation of Clinical Scholarship (2u) - DNP Scholarly Project A: Project Conceptualization & Planning (2u) - Written Qualifying Examination (2u)

Quarter 5 (8 units) -DNP Scholarly Project B: Project Proposal Seminar (2u) - DNP Clinical Project Residency (6u/ site-based) -Oral Qualifying Exam

Quarter 6 (8 units) -DNP Scholarly Project C: Project Implementation Seminar (2u)                                                                                      -DNP Clinical Project Residency (6u, project site-based)

Quarter 7 (8 units) -DNP Scholarly Project C: Project Implementation Seminar (2u) -DNP Clinical Project Residency (6u, project site-based) -Oral Defense of Scholarly Project