Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program educates nurses for the highest level of clinically expert practice, including sophisticated diagnostic and treatment competencies.  These competencies, combined with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education, prepare DNPs for leadership practice roles on the front line of their profession.  Recognizing that advanced practice preparation requires education at the doctoral level, this program provides intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration in both the education and practice settings.

The 36 credit program offers 2 specialization tracks – clinical leadership and organizational leadership. The clinical leadership track prepares advanced practice nurses (APNs) for expert practice and the organizational leadership care track prepares graduates for leadership positions in organizational systems.  The curriculum consists of twenty-four (24) credits of CORE requirements and twelve (12) credits of specialty focused courses.  The residency requirement of 500 hours, offers the student the opportunity to work closely with mentors on projects that will demonstrate expanded practice and mastery of DNP competencies.  All students must complete the program within 5 years.

The DNP program will follow the Executive educational model.  Supplementary readings and assignments will be provided online.  This format provides the opportunity for DNP students to complete three three-credit courses in one 16-week semester for full-time studies.  Part-time students will follow the same format and complete six credits per semester. Attendance in all classes, practicum and activities is mandatory. In case of mitigating circumstances, the student has two options: 1. Deduct 20% from total grade in the course for each day missed. OR  2. Complete a makeup as assigned by course faculty.

Admission Requirements:
  1. Master’s degree in advanced practice nursing from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – (CCNE) or National League for Nursing – (NLN) accredited program.
  2. GPA of 3.5
  3. Copies of Licensure as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse.
  4. Relevant experience in advanced practice nursing
  5. Three references attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and potential.  One of the three must address the applicant’s practice potential.
  6. Interview and completion of a writing sample
A bridge program to the DNP for nurses with a Masters degree in another field is available.
The program is offered under the auspices of the Henry Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health, University College: Arts and Sciences, Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ.
DNP Curriculum - Effective August 2010

CORE Courses  (24 credits)

Number Title Faculty
NURS 8000
NURS 8004
NURS 8003
NURS 8001
NURS 8007
NURS 8002
NURS 8008
NURS 8009
Research I: Research methodology and Scholarly Discourse
Research II: Evidence based Practice Methodology
Health Disparities: Social, Ethical and Legal Issues
Applied Statistics
Scientific Basis for DNP practice
Health Care Delivery Systems and Public Policy
Information Systems for Health Care
Epidemiology, Genomics and Global Health

Specialty Courses  (12 credits)

Didactic content of these courses will be the same for Clinical Leadership and Organizational Leadership students.  Application will be specialized for Clinical Leadership and Organizational Leadership students.

Number Title Faculty
NURS 8010
NURS 8011
NURS 8012
NURS 8013
NURS 8014
NURS 8015
NURS 8320
Health Quality Assessment and Outcomes
Leadership/Organizational Analysis
DNP Role Development and Entrepreneurship
Residency I
Residency II
Capstone Project Advisement
Continuous DNP Matriculation *
*For students who are not actively registered for any course must register for Continuous Matriculation.
Total program (36 credits)