In October 2004, the members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing which called for moving the level of preparation necessary for advanced nursing practice roles from the master's degree to the doctorate level by the year 2015. The practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. The DNP curriculum builds on the master's program by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking among other key areas. DNP graduates will likely seek practice leadership roles such as: advance practice nurses, managers of quality initiatives, executives in healthcare organizations, directors of clinical programs, and faculty responsible for clinical program delivery and clinical teaching.
Check out this video from a Valpo Doctorate of Nursing Practice grad student
|Doctorate of Nursing, Lauren Ostrowski|
DNP Curriculum (70 credits)
|Fall, Year 1
|BIO 590||Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology
|NUR 612||Concepts for Advanced Practice Nursing||3 cr|
|NUR 662||Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing||3 cr|
|NUR 701||Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
|Spring, Year 1
|NUR 605||Advanced Health Assessment
|NUR 606||Pharmacologic Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing
||Research for Evidence-based Practice
|Fall, Year 2
||Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
|NUR 721||Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
Application of the APN Role I
|Spring, Year 2
||Organizational & Systems Leadership in Healthcare||3 cr|
||Managing Common Health Conditions
|NUR 770||Evidence-based Practice for the Advanced Practice Nurse||2 cr|
||Application of the APN Role II
Lab A: FNP
|Summer, Year 2
|NUR 799A||DNP Project: Development
(0 + 2 credits: 140 clinical clock hours)
|Fall, Year 3||13 credits|
||Managing Complex Health Conditions
|NUR 742||Application of the APN Role III, Lab A: FNP||3 cr|
||DNP Project: Implementation
(2 + 2 credits 140 clinical clock hours)
|Spring, Year 3||9 credits|
||Application of the APN Role IV
Lab A: FNP
||Business & Legal Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice
||DNP Project: Evaluation
(2 + 2 credits: 140 clinical hours)
Note: Coursework in the DNP may be completed on a part-time basis.
Criteria for Admission into the BSN/DNP Program
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:
As part of the application process, students must provide:
Applications are due by April 15 to be considered for fall admission, which is the only approved start date for the DNP and PM DNP programs.
For more information about the College of Nursing program
Visit the website at http://www.valpo.edu/nursing/.
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