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Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

The Post Masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice Academic Guidelines

Admission Requirements

  1. Submission of a completed Walsh application for admission (online) with the $25 application fee.
  2. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). Two years of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  3. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent). Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate.
  4. Completion of a course in Statistics and a course in Research.
  5. Applicants must have an earned master's degree. If the applicant is an advanced practice nurse, they must hold or be eligible for national certification in a specialty and supply current advanced practice nursing certification documents. Those with the earned MSN or master's degree in a relevant health care administrative specialty (i.e., MPA, MHA) should include all official transcripts from previously attended college(s)/university(ies).
  6. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant's potential success in the DNP program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant's potential or ability for functioning in the advanced practice or research role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  7. Resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  8. A 3-5 page essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty and demonstrate your ability to write in a professional manner. It should address the following areas:
    • Reasons for seeking advanced education in the DNP program at this time in your career
    • Academic and career goals and how the DNP education will help you to realize those goals.
    • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program
    • Specific ways your current role would be enhanced through DNP education
    • An evidence-based issue of interest that could result in a system or policy change and improvement. For example, this may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management change, or an area of clinical research. Include the significance of the problem, a brief review of literature, and identify stakeholders and/or institutions that could be impacted by the change.
  9. An Interview with Graduate Program Admissions Committee is required. The interview will be arranged after preliminary review of academic credentials and application materials. The purpose of the interview is to evaluate communication and decision-making skills; educational goals; and current leadership, scholarship, practice roles and activities.
  10. Confirmation of clinical hours completed in master's program.

Registration Procedures

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

  • Graduate students may register online via the Walsh University Cavalier Center (www.walsh.edu.) To register online, 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

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.

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Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

Founders of Walsh University

Graduate Academic Calendar 2013 – 2014

General Information

The DeVille School of Business

The DeVille School of Business Course Descriptions

The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing

The Gary and Linda Byers 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 603 Professional Role Development and Ethical Issues 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 605 Epidemiological Methods for 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 617 Seminar in Nursing Professional Development 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 618 Health Informatics 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 619 Practicum in Nursing Professional Development 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 620 Clinical Leadership I 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 621 Clinical Leadership II 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 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 640 Clinical Assessment and Management 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 641 FNP I: Care of the Adult & Gerontological Client 6 sem. hrs. (4 didactic; 2 clinical)

NURS 642 Clinical Pharmacology 3 sem. hrs.

NURS 643 FNPII: Care of Children and Adolescents 6 sem. hrs. (3.5 didactic; 2.5 clinical)

NURS 644 Dynamics of Family Practice Nursing 2 sem. hrs.

NURS 645 FNP III: Care of Women 6 sem. hrs. (3.5 didactic; 2.5 clinical)

NURS 646 Legal Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing 1 sem. hr.

NURS 647 FNP IV: Care of Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions 6 sem. hrs. (3 didactic; 3 clinical)

NURS 648 Interprofessional Collaboration 1 sem. hr.

NURS 649 FNP V: Care of Families in Primary Care 5 sem. hrs. (1 didactic; 4 clinical)

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 715 Clinical in Advanced Specialty 1-3 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 4 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 Organization 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


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 709 School Finance for School Adminstrators (Principal License) 3 sem. hrs.


EDT 600 Creative Approaches to Individualizing Instruction 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 601 Information and Communications Technologies for Teaching and Learning 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 602 Implementing Content Area Curriculum 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 603 Mentoring and Supervision: 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 605 School-Community Relations 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 608 Historical Perspectives in Education 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 611 Multicultural Education: Curriculum and Instruction 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 614 Instructional Leadership 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 616 Survey of 21st Century Teaching and Learning Technologies 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 617 Advanced Instructional Technologies 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 618 Design, Development and Delivery of eLearning 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 619 Applying 21st Century Teaching and Learning Research to Education Practice 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 650 Developmental Language and Literacy 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 651 Methods of Teaching Developmental Reading 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 652 The Principles & Practices of Teaching Phonics 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 653 Reading Assessment and Intervention 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 654 Reading in the Content Areas 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 655 Clinical Practicum in Reading 3 sem. hrs. (on-line course)

EDT 662 Independent Study in Education 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 670 Positive Strategies in Discipline 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 700 Seminar: Current Trends in Education 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 710 Assessing Student Performance 3 sem. hrs.

EDT 7XX Special Topics in Education 1-3 sem. hrs.

Communicate Institute Courses

Master of Arts in Theology

M.A. in Theology Course Descriptions

THEO 670 The Catholic Tradition

THEO 679 Christology and the Trinity 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

Religious Education Concentration

Pastoral Ministry Concentration

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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