Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2013-2014
Students who are fully admitted to the program may register by one of the following methods:
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
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.
DNP Scholarly Project Requirements
All Walsh School 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 Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing. One committee member must be external to the Gary and Linda Byers School 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.
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 Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing office. The project should be written following the 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.
Detailed information is found in the Graduate Student Handbook, and will be reviewed with the student prior to development of the project.