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

Credits

Faculty

NURS 8000

Research I: Research methodology and Scholarly Discourse

3

Parietti

NURS 8004

Research II: Evidence based Practice Methodology

3

Vargas

NURS 8003

Health Disparities: Social, Ethical and Legal Issues

3

Parietti

NURS 8001

Applied Statistics

3

Calcagnetti

NURS 8007

Scientific Basis for DNP practice

3

Guttman

NURS 8002

Health Care Delivery Systems and Public Policy

3

Vargas

NURS 8008

Information Systems for Health Care

3

Moore

NURS 8009

Epidemiology, Genomics and Global Health

3

Warunek

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.

NURS 8010

Health Quality Assessment and Outcomes

3

Alvarez

NURS 8011

Leadership/Organizational Analysis

3

Alvarez

NURS 8012

DNP Role Development and Entrepreneurship

3

TBD

NURS 8013

Residency I

1

Parietti

NURS 8014

Residency II

1

Guttman

NURS 8015

Capstone Project Advisement

1

 

 

NURS 8320

Continuous DNP Matriculation *

 

 

 

*For students who are not actively registered for any course must register for Continuous Matriculation.

Total program: 36 credits