Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Pursue a path to excellence.

Introduction

There are 2 degree pathways. Based on a the admission application, a student can seek admission to the BSN to DNP degree or Post-Master's certificate to DNP degree. The BSN to DNP pathway includes courses for preparation as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The pathways offer a Fall start, and can be completed in a traditional, online, or hybrid format. The DNP also includes executive-format courses on Fridays and Saturdays. Students have the option to complete the program full-time or part-time.

Because this is a practice-focused program, each student must complete a total of 1000 clinical practice hours. At least 300 hours must be completed as part of the DNP program, but students may transfer up to 700 hours from an accredited MSN degree program. Students in the BSN to DNP pathway will accrue 1,000 practicing hours while enrolled. Each student must successfully also complete a DNP Scholarly Project as a requirement for graduation.

Learn how to:

  • Advance nursing practice by applying clinical expertise and advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities and ethics
  • Advance nursing practice through application of knowledge and evaluation of nursing theories and concepts
  • Plan, engage and participate in clinical scholarship for evidence practice.
  • Provide and design care for vulnerable, underserved, culturally diverse clients using health promotion strategies.
  • Plan, initiate and evaluate changes in health care policy and the healthcare system.
  • Analyze epidemiological, statistical, environmental, and other data regarding individuals, families and the community.
  • Integrate nursing science with emerging technology and information systems to identify, gather, process, manage and evaluate healthcare outcomes, the healthcare delivery system and investigate healthcare issues to improve quality.
  • Develop and evaluate organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.
  • Demonstrate and integrate interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes to foster continuity of care.
  • Advocate for health care and policies that promote client health and the advancement of nursing as a profession.
  • Use professional standards in advanced practice nursing roles.
  • Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on nursing theories and theories from other disciplines.
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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

The graduate nursing certificate responds to the health personnel trends and needs of Baltimore City's urban communities. Courses focus on the roles and responsibilities of being a Family Nurse Practitioner, and preparing students to practice and lead family care across a variety of health care environments.

Our program provides the space for practicing nurse professionals to learn and advance the skills needed to serve as experts in the specialized area of family practice. Graduates incorporate advanced theory and research into the competencies required to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of health for issues related to culturally diverse clients and their families.

DNP Post-Master's Pathway Admission Requirements

The DNP is an advanced degree that builds on skills and competencies learned in Bachelor’s and Master’s coursework. Admission requirements include:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. college or university
  • Minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in a Nursing Master’s degree or equivalent program
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Unencumbered R.N. licensure in the State of Maryland
  • National certification in your specialty area
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Application essay detailing goals, objectives, and reason(s) for pursuing the DNP
  • Writing sample
  • Proof of research activity
  • Interview with faculty (for students who meet all admission criteria)

 

DNP Mission and Philosophy

We prepare graduate-level nurses to practice at the most advanced level of nursing. Aligning with the overall goal of the Helene Fuld School of Nursing to advance nursing practice, the doctoral program builds on the foundation of undergraduate and graduate education. Our curriculum places special emphasis on preparing nurses to provide high quality care to vulnerable and underserved urban communities. 

Graduates incorporate advanced theory, research, advocacy, leadership and clinical skills with an emphasis on independent and interprofessional practice required to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of culturally diverse clients' problems across settings.

Graduation Requirements

All DNP students must demonstrate and complete the following criteria to be eligible for graduation:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Grades of B or better in all doctoral coursework
  • Success completion of DNP Scholarly Project
  • 1000 clinical practice hours

Study Plan

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. While most graduate students follow this study plan, your journey may have different requirements.  

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 830 3 Research Methods and Design for Nursing Practice
NURS 831 3 Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing Practice
NURS 832 3 Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice

Wintermester (1-4 credits)

course credits name
NURS 840* 1-4 DNP Seminar (optional)

Students can take the DNP Seminar for anywhere from 1-4 credits based on goals and objectives.

Spring Semester (12 credits)

course credits name
NURS 834 3 Analysis of Health Care Delivery Systems
NURS 835 3 Epidemiology/Biostatistics
NURS 833 3 Global Health: Perspectives of Health
NURS 838 3 DNP Project (135 Practicum Hours)

Summer Semester (5-9 credits)

course credits name
NURS 833 3 Global Health: Perspectives on Health

NURS 860

or

NURS 850

1-4

Health Policy

 

Leadership DNP Practicum I

NURS 863 1-2 Leadership Seminar I

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 836 3 Health Policy Analysis
NURS 837 3 Nursing Information Technology and Analysis
NURS 839 3 DNP Project II (135 Practicum Hours)

Spring Semester

Course credits name

NURS 861

or

NURS 851

1-4

Health Policy

or

Leadership DNP Practicum II

NURS 864 1-2 Leadership Seminar II

Summer or Fall Semester

Course credits name

NURS 861

or

NURS 851

1-4

Health Policy

or

Leadership DNP Practicum II

NURS 865 1-2 Leadership Seminar III

Fall Semester (13 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 315 3 Nursing Research
NURS 411 2 Contemporary Issues in Nursing
NURS 430 4 Community Nursing
NURS 432 4 Mental Health Nursing 

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course Credits Name
NURS 421 3 Leadership in Nursing
NURS 424 6 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing
NURS 460 3 Ethics in Nursing
NURS 480 3 Senior Practicum

Important Note: Students who do not successfully take the 2nd comprehensive exam during their final semester must enroll in NURS 410: Scientific Principles in Nursing.

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Nursing is in the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions.