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Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Walsh’s DNP curriculum builds on traditional master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas. The online, e-learning format allows students to complete the requirements for the DNP with relative ease and on their own schedule. Faculty and support staff are available to help students through each step of the journey. Each student is challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings.

Program Philosophy

The Nursing Graduate Programs at Walsh University prepares advanced generalist nurses to assume leadership positions in a variety of roles. We believe that it is the responsibility of the faculty to provide an environment that stimulates the learner to think critically, communicate effectively and act compassionately. We hold to the ideal of providing quality care to clients and fulfilling our responsibility as a contributing members of the profession and society.

Program Outcomes

The goal of the DNP program is to prepare graduates that are leaders in nursing practice. As a graduate of the DNP program the student will be able to:

  1. Practice at the highest level of clinical nursing by integrating and applying knowledge from the sciences within the fields of organizational management, ethics, health policy, and information technology.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills in organizational and health systems management to improve the safety and quality of health care
  3. Apply analytical skills and translational science methodologies to practice-focused scholarship
  4. Provide leadership in interdisciplinary collaborative teams to improve health outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems
  5. Utilize strategies of risk reduction, illness prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance for individuals and populations
  6. Develop skill in the analysis and shaping of health care policy that shapes health
  7. Demonstrate skill in the application of ethical decision-making frameworks to resolve ethical dilemmas

Degree Requirements

The DNP program consists of a minimum of 38 credits beyond the master’s-level specialty content. The core and research courses are taken by all students. After completing the core and research courses, students move into specialty content that will support the completion of the practicum and residency project.

Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)

NURS 701

Nursing Science in Advance Practice: Theories & Foundations


NURS 706

Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing


NURS 718

Health Informatics (30 clinical hours)


Research Courses (11 Credit Hours)

NURS 702

Advanced Clinical Nursing Research


NURS 703

Biostatistics for Outcomes Evaluation


NURS 705

Applications of Epidemiology to Health Services


NURS 708

Translating Evidence to Clinical Practice


Specialty Content Courses (9 Credit Hours)

NURS 710

Nursing Leadership Role & Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems


NURS 721

Management for Quality Improvement & Health Care Outcomes Evaluation


NURS 720

Organizational System Analysis and Design (150 clinical hours)





NURS 725

Advanced Leadership in Clinical Practice (150 clinical hours)


Capstone Project Courses

NURS 730

Residency Practicum (210 clinical hours)


NURS 731

DNP Scholarly Project (150 clinical hours)


Total Credit hours^: 38-45

Total Clinical Hours: 540*

*^Depending on the number of clinical hours that a student had in their master’s degree program, some students may require an additional number of clinical practice hours post masters to reach the minimum number of hours mandated by the AACN for a DNP degree. AACN requires the DNP graduate to have a minimum of 1000 clinical practicum hours post-baccalaureate.

Registration Procedures

Students who are fully admitted to the program may register by one of the following methods:

  • Graduate students may register on-line via the Walsh University Cavalier Center (www.walsh.edu.) To register on-line, the student must obtain an alternate PIN from their assigned academic advisor and resolve any holds that may prevent registration.
  • Obtain a form from the website (www.walsh.edu ). Click on "Academics" then "Office of the Registrar" then "Forms" to find the Graduate Registration Form. Download a copy and fax (330) 490-7372, mail or present the completed form to the Registrar’s Office (located in Farrell Hall).

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the DNP program, the student is assigned to an initial graduate faculty member who will then work with the student to develop a plan that will allow the student to progress through the program as efficiently as possible. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors prior to registration each semester to confirm their program plan. Upon development of the DNP Proposal, students are then assigned to an advisor who will work with them throughout the program on the DNP Scholarly project.

Maintaining Quality and Rigor in the Walsh DNP program

The DNP Essentials provides the guidelines regarding the quality and rigor of the DNP curriculum, particularly in comparison to the master’s advanced generalist programs.

According to the AACN DNP Roadmap Task Force Report, (October 20, 2006) Quality and rigor in DNP programs requires that the curriculum focuses on "providing leadership for evidence-based practice. This requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research in decision-making, and implementing viable clinical innovations to change practice. Considerable emphasis is placed on a population perspective, how to obtain assessment data on populations or cohorts, how to use data to make programmatic decisions, and program evaluation."

The post master’s DNP curriculum is designed to include the higher level and expanded content defined in the DNP Essentials. However, consideration will also be given to the variability that exists in master’s level nursing programs. Therefore, faculty will need to assess each candidate’s previous educational program to determine the unique learning experiences required to meet the end-of-program competencies.

The rigor and academic content of the doctoral degree program is progressively more advanced than the master program as is demonstrated in program learning outcomes and course syllabi, as well as the depth and breadth of assignments found in the courses. In addition, courses are evaluated using a rubric from "Quality Matters" a program intended to provide guidelines for maintaining quality of online courses. At Walsh, the committee that utilizes the rubric is made up of faculty both inside and outside the discipline. Nursing committee members evaluate the courses in the master’s and doctoral program regarding the content and whether the material is appropriate for the level of course.

Doctoral Project Requirements

All Walsh Division of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students must complete a DNP Scholarly project. The project is a faculty-guided scholarly experience that provides evidence of your critical thinking ability to apply research principles through problem identification, proposal development, implementation, and evaluation of a problem significant to nursing practice.

Prior to starting any project you must complete the Human Subjects Review Board. Specific links for this training are as follows (all links and information can be found on our website at http://www.walsh.edu/human-subjects-review.):

The project committee requires a minimum of three members. The Project committee chair must be a doctorally prepared faculty member in the Division of Nursing. One committee member must be external to the Division of Nursing. Committee members should have a minimum of a Master’s degree with appropriate expertise in the topic area, e.g. clinical experts, business, or budget experts. Students must submit the names of committee members to their faculty project chairperson for approval then fill out the Project Approval form.

The Project Proposal should include a needs assessment, rationale, and problem statement for the project. The project should also include the following:

  1. Scope of Project: Introduction, Goals and Objectives, Problem Identification.
  2. Review of literature as to why this project is significant to nursing. Must be synthesis and analysis of research, not summary.
  3. Projected timetable.
  4. Project methods.
  5. Project implementation including resources needed and plan to obtain needed resources; letters of support to implement project at proposed setting.
  6. Evaluation/outcome plan actual and predicted implications and conclusions.

Steps 1-5 are written in support of the project. These must be completed before the project approval meeting is set by the candidate.

Formal implementation of the project may not begin until HSR approval is obtained from Walsh University and setting of project. In addition, a candidate must also (where/when appropriate) have a completed project approval form on file at Walsh University School of Nursing office.

The project should be in American Psychological Association (APA) format and adhere to the most recent edition.

Students will follow the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) DNP Essentials for "Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice" http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/pdf/Essentials.pdf.

Interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches are encouraged.

The project proposal should not exceed 15 pages double-spaced exclusive of table of contents, references, and appendices. Detailed information is found in the Graduate Student Handbook, and will be reviewed with the student prior to development of the project.

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Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

Founders of Walsh University

Graduate Academic Calendar 2012 – 2013

General Information

The DeVille School of Business

The DeVille School of Business Course Descriptions

The School of Nursing

The School of Nursing Course Descriptions

NURS 600 Theoretical Development of Nursing Science 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 601 Research Methods & Evidence Based Nursing Inquiry 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 602 Statistical and Epidemiological Methods for Health Sciences 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 603 Professional Role Development and Ethical Issues 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 604 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 606 Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 610 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 612 Advanced Pharmacology 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 614 Advanced Health Assessment 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 615 Seminar in Advanced Clinical Specialty 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 616 Practicum in Advanced Clinical Specialty 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 618 Health Informatics 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 620 Clinical Leadership I 3 sem. hrs.

NUR 621 Clinical Leadership II 3 sem. hrs

NUR 625 Clinical Immersion Project 5 sem. hrs

NURS 630 Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation in Nursing Education 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 631 Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 632 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 635 Practicum in Nursing Education 4 sem. hrs.

NURS 701 Nursing Science in Advanced Practice Theories and Foundations 3 sem hrs.

NURS 702 Advanced Nursing Research 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 703 Biostatistics for Outcomes Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 705 Applications of Epidemiology to Health Service 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 706 Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 708 Translating Evidence to Clinical Practice 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 710 Nsg Leadership Role and Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 718 Health Informatics 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 720 Organizational Systems Analysis and Design 3-4 sem. hrs.

NURS 721 Mgmt. for Quality Improvement & Health Care Outcomes Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 725 Advanced Leadership in Clinical Practice 3-4 sem. hrs.

NURS 730 Residency Practicum 6-10 sem. hrs.

NURS 731 DNP Scholarly Project 1-4 sem. hrs.

M.A. Counseling and Human Development

CHD Course Descriptions

BSC 560 Introduction to Counseling and the Counseling Profession 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 602 Research Methods and Program Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 603 Assessment in Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 610 Principles, Techniques, and Theories of Counseling and Development 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 612 Lifespan Development 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 624 Career Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 626 Group Process 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 635 Addictions 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 662 Individual Study: Counseling & Human Development 1-3 sem. hrs.

CHD 730 Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 740 Ethics and Issues in Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 790 Practicum: Counseling Techniques 3 sem. hrs.


CHD 620 Foundation and Orgamizaion of School Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 637 Consultation, Collaboration and Leadership 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 680 Issues in School Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 795 Internship in School Counseling 3 sem. hrs.


CHD 665 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practice 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 772 Advanced Abnormal Behavior 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 775 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 777 Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 780 Personality Assessment 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 796 I & 796 II Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I & II 3 sem. hrs. each

COUNSELING Intervention Courses (CHD 710, 749-770) (ELECTIVES)

CHD 710-1 Counseling Adolescents 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 710-2 Counseling Children 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 710-4 Spirituality in Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 710-6 Cross-Cultural Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 710-8 Conflict Resolution 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 710-9 Counseling Families 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 749 Crisis Intervention 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 751 Counseling for Grief and Loss 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 752 Trauma Assessment/Treatment 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 753 Relational Cultural Therapy 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 754 Psychopharmacology 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 755 Supervision & Consultation 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 756 Art Therapy 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 757 Couples Therapy 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 762 Eating Disorders 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 763 Wellness 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 764 Motivational Counseling 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 767 Art Therapy II 3 sem. hrs.

CHD 768 Cognitive Behavioral Interventions 3 sem. hrs.

Master of Arts in Education

Endorsement Programs

L.E.A.D. Program (Licensure in Education for Adults with Degrees)

M.A. in Education Course Descriptions

EDF 601 Psychology of Learning 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 606 Accommodating Learners with Special Needs 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 607 Research Methods 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 620 Teaching and Learning 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 621 Legal and Ethical Issues in Education 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 622 Philosophy of Education 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 701 Capstone Experience 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 705 Pupil Services 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 706 Principalship 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 707 Personnel Management and Leadership 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 708 Internship (Principal License) 3 sem. hrs.

EDF 705, 706, 707 & 708 will be offered once Principal License is approved by Ohio Board of Regents


Communicate Institute Courses

Master of Arts in Theology

M.A. in Theology Course Descriptions

THEO 629 Sacred Scripture 3 sem. hrs.

THEO 670 The Catholic Tradition

THEO 676 Lay Ecclesial Leadership 3 sem. hrs.

THEO 679 Christology 3 sem. hrs.

THEO 680 Catholic Moral Life 3 sem. hrs.

THEO 681 Ecclesiology 3 sem. hrs.

THEO 682 Old Testament Scriptures 3 sem hrs.

THEO 683 New Testament Scriptures 3 sem. hrs.

THEO 690 Spiritual Formation 3 sem. hrs.

THEO 691 Liturgy and the Sacraments 3 sem. hrs

Theology Electives

Pastoral Ministry Concentration

Concentration in Religious Education

Concentration in Parish Administration

Culminating Assignment

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

DPT in Physical Therapy Course Descriptions

PT 503/603 Human Anatomy 6 sem. hrs.

PT 504/604 Foundations of Neuroscience 4 sem. hrs.

PT 506/606 Foundations of Pharmacology 2 sem. hrs.

PT 511/611 Foundations of Clinical Science 4 sem. hrs.

PT 515-1A/615-1A Biomechanics I 2 sem. hrs.

PT 515-1B/615-1B Biomechanics II 2 sem. hrs.

PT 605 Motor Learning/Motor Control 3 sem. hrs.

PT 608 Foundations of Clinical Exercise 4 sem. hrs.

PT 612 Physical Therapy Management of Musculoskeletal Impairment I 3 sem. hrs.

PT 613 Physical Therapy Management of Musculoskeletal Impairment II 5 sem. hrs.

PT 614 Physical Therapy Management of Musculoskeletal Impairment III 5 sem. hrs.

PT 701 Professional Issues I 1 sem. hr.

PT 702 Professional Issues II 1 sem. hr.

PT 703 Professional Experience I 4 sem. hrs.

PT 704 Professional Experience II 4 sem. hrs.

PT 705 Professional Experience III 5 sem. hrs.

PT 706 Professional Experience IV 6 sem. hrs.

PT 710 Health Care Business Management I 2 sem. hrs.

PT 711 Health Care Business Management II 2 sem. hrs.

PT 712 Community Health in Physical Therapy 3 sem. hrs.

PT 713 Service Project 1 sem. hr.

PT 720 Research Methodology I 3 sem. hrs.

PT 721 Research Methodology II 2 sem. hrs.

PT 722 Research Methodology III 1 sem. hr.

PT 723 Research Methodology IV 2 sem. hrs.

PT 730 Neuromuscular Impairment I 6 sem. hrs.

PT 731 Neuromuscular Impairment II 6 sem. hrs.

PT 732 Physical Therapy Management of Multi-System Impairment 4 sem. hrs.

PT 734 Physical Therapy Management of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Impairments I 4 sem. hrs.

PT 735 Physical Therapy Management of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Impairments II 5 sem. hrs.

PT 736 Capstone Seminar: Clinical Decision Making 2 sem. hrs.

PT 740 Special Topics 1 sem. hrs.

PT 740-01 Special Topics: Pediatrics 1 sem. hrs.

PT 742 Life Span 4 sem. hrs.

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