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Doctorate of Nursing Practice Courses

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 students in both the direct and the indirect track. 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)

NURS701: Nursing Science in Advance Practice: Theories & Foundations
NURS706: Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing
NURS718: Health Informatics

Research Courses (11 Credit Hours)

NURS702 - Advanced Nursing Research
NURS703 - Biostatistics for Outcomes Evaluation
NURS705 - Applications of Epidemiology to Health Services
NURS708 - Translating Evidence to Clinical Practice

Specialty Content Courses (9 Credit Hours)

NURS710 - Nursing Leadership Role & Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems
NURS721 - Management for Quality Improvement & Health Care Outcomes Evaluation
NURS720 - Organizational System Analysis and Design (150 clinical hours)
OR
NURS725 - Advanced Leadership in Clinical Practice (150 clinical hours)

Capstone Project Courses

NURS730 - Residency Practicum (240 clinical hours)
NURS731 - Residency 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 clinic practicum hours post-baccalaureate.

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