Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post Masters)

Graduate Nursing

School of Nursing


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program shall deliver an innovative academic endeavor that will assist in increasing the number of advanced practice nurses prepared to meet the healthcare needs locally, nationally and internationally. The DNP program of study provides education in nursing science, leadership, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems thinking and evaluation of health outcomes. The DNP program curriculum will prepare Advanced practice nurses who have earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program. The Post-Masters option incorporates the AACN's recommended guidelines for Graduate Nursing education, and Advanced practice.

Advanced practice may be either direct care specialty (examples include but are not limited to nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or indirect care specialty (nursing administration or health informatics). To obtain the DNP degree, the MSN to DNP student shall begin classes in the fall semester. The curriculum is presented either in traditional, hybrid and online format with executive-format course sessions (offered on Fridays and Saturdays). A student shall be able to register for either fulltime (3 courses each semester) or part-time (2 courses each semester) options. The student shall complete a minimum of 30 semester hours and additional practice hours. Up to 700 hours may be transferred from the student's MSN degree. The DNP project is a translational research learning demonstrating the student's ability to complete outcome-oriented research which impacts clinical practice.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the DNP Program, the student will:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities and ethics with clinical expertise to support advanced nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and evaluate nursing theories and concepts as a basis for advanced nursing practice.
  3. Plan, engage and participate in clinical scholarship for evidence practice.
  4. Provide and design care for vulnerable, underserved, culturally diverse clients utilizing health promotion strategies.
  5. Plan, initiate and evaluate changes in health care policy and the healthcare system.
  6. Analyze epidemiological, statistical, environmental and relevant data regarding individuals, families and the community.
  7. 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.
  8. Develop and evaluate organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.
  9. Demonstrate and integrate interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes to foster continuity of care.
  10. Advocate for health care and policies that promote client health and the advancement of nursing as a profession.
  11. Utilize professional standards in advanced practice nursing roles.
  12. Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on nursing theories and theories from other disciplines.
Mission and Philosophy

The mission of doctoral education, offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, is to prepare graduate nurses with advanced knowledge who will practice at the most advanced level of nursing. The graduate program of the School of Nursing derives its purpose directly from the underlying philosophy of the School of Nursing. The graduate program builds on the foundation of undergraduate and graduate education; the program prepares professionally educated nurses who are capable of intellectual and professional leadership to provide high quality clinical nursing to populations, focusing on vulnerable, underserved urban and global communities.

The faculty of the School of Nursing believe that graduate education prepares the nurse with a strong theoretical foundation, and provides increased opportunities to utilize analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.

The faculty believe that baccalaureate education prepares the graduate for the emerging roles of the beginning nurse generalist and provides the foundation for graduate study. Professional nursing education is built on theoretical foundations of the humanities, liberal arts and the basic, and applied sciences. These are used in conjunction with nursing science in a creative and disciplined approach to provide nursing care under conditions of change.

Faculty believe that nursing is a scientific and clinical practice discipline, which facilitates the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of adaptive responses in clients, through therapeutic nursing interventions.

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.

Through its program of study and outreach service, the School of Nursing fosters the University's unique mission of focusing on the problems, needs, and aspirations of the people from vulnerable, underserved urban and global communities. Faculty believe that there is a dynamic exchange and interdependence between the individual and his or her internal, and external environments at it relates to the provision of culturally sensitive care.

Major areas of concentration are directed toward reaching applicants from diverse backgrounds who have commitment to continual personal and professional growth in serving the urban and global communities.

As students consistently demonstrate analytical abilities, they exhibit an increased ability to incorporate emerging information systems and technology for the improvement and transformation of healthcare. Faculty believe education is an individual process in which the educator and learner have shared responsibility.

Admission Criteria
  1. Master's degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.25 in a master's degree program in nursing
  3. A minimum of 1 year of experience as an Advanced Practice Nurse [Advanced practice may be either direct care specialty (examples include but are not limited to nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or indirect care specialty (nursing administration or health informatics)].
  4. Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate programs
  5. Unencumbered Registered Nurse Licensure in Maryland
  6. National Certification in your specialty area
  7. Three professional letters of reference
  8. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  9. Essay identifying goals, objectives, and primary area of interest in pursuit of the DNP.
  10. Interview with Graduate faculty*
  11. Writing sample
  12. Evidence of research activity

* Interviews will be held with students who have met admission requirements.

Graduation Requirements
  1. Successful completion of all courses taken with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0. Must have a grade of B or better in coursework.
  2. Completion of a Capstone project.
  3. Recommendation of the faculty.
  4. Completion of 1000 clinical practice hours (a student may transfer a maximum of 700 verifiable clinical practice hours from his/her Master's program); 300 clinical practicum hours must be completed as a component of the DNP program. Hours not transferred may be met by enrolling in the DNP 840 Seminar I course.
Plan of Study
Fall Semester Year 1
9 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 830
3
Research Methods and Design for Nursing Practice
NURS 831
3
Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing Practice
NURS 832
3
Foundations for Evidenced Based Practice
 
Plan of Study
Wintermester Year 1

1-4 Credits

*The DNP Seminar can be taken for a minimum of 1 credit or a maximum of 4 credits based on student identification of goals and objectives.

Course
Crs.
Title
*NURS 840
1-4
DNP Seminar
Plan of Study
Spring Semester Year 1
9 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 834
3
Analysis of Health Care Delivery Systems
NURS 835
3
Epidemiology
NURS 838
3
DNP Project I
Plan of Study
Summer Year 1
4-7 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 833
3
Global Health: Perspectives of Health Care
NURS 840
1-4
DNP Seminar
Plan of Study
Fall Semester Year 2
9 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 836
3
Health Policy Analysis
NURS 837
3
Nursing Information Technology and Analysis
NURS 839
3
DNP Project II
Plan of Study
Spring Semester Year 2

1-4 Credits

*The DNP Seminar can be taken for a minimum of 1 credit or a maximum of 4 credits based on student identification of goals and objectives.

Course
Crs.
Title
*NURS 840
1-4
DNP Seminar