Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP)

Program Description

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 baccelaurate 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.

DNP Curriculum (70 credits)
Family Nurse Practioner

Fall Semester, Year 1:

Course Credits
BIO 590 - Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
NUR 612 - Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 662 - Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 701 - Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
Total Credits 12

Spring Semester, Year 1:

Course Credits
NUR 605 - Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 606 - Pharmacologic Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing
3
NUR 670 - Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR 702 - Family Theories 3
Total Credits 12

Fall Semester, Year 2:

Course Credits
NUR 703 - Epidemiology 3
NUR 711 - Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 721 - Promoting Health Across the Lifespan 3
NUR 722 - Application of the APN Role I
(0 + 2 credits: 140 clinical clock hours)
2
Total Credits 11

Spring Semester, Year 2:

Course Credits
NUR 712 - Organizational & Systems Leadership in Healthcare 3
NUR 731 - Managing Common Health Conditions 3
NUR 770 - Evidence-based Practice for Advanced Practice Nurses 2
NUR 732 - Application of the APN Role II
(0 + 3 credits: 210 clinical clock hours)
3
Total Credits 11

Summer, Year 2:

Course Credits
NUR 799A - DNP Project: Development
(0 + 2 credits: 140 clinical clock hours)
2
Total Credits 2

Fall Semester, Year 3:

Course Credits
NUR 741 - Managing Complex Health Conditions 3
NUR 799B - DNP Project: Implementation
(2 + 2 credits: 140 clinical clock hours)
4
NUR 742 - Application of the APN Role III
(0 + 3 credits: 210 clinical clock hours)
3
Elective * 3
Total Credits 13

Spring Semester, Year 3:

Course Credits
NUR 713 - Business & Legal Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 799C - DNP Project: Evaluation
(2 + 2 credits: 140 clinical clock hours)
4
NUR 752 - Application of the APN Role IV
(.0+ 2 credits: 140 clinical clock hours)
2
Total Credits 9

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 Division, which include:

  • A BSN degree from an accredited university with a grade point average of at least 3.0;
  • Unencumbered license or eligibility for RN licensure in the State where clinical course work hours will be completed
  • Copy of all registered nurse licenses

As part of the application process, students must provide:

  • Valparaiso University Graduate Application and DNP Application;
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and any graduate coursework. If you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valparaiso University, you are not required to submit an official transcript from Valparaiso University;
  • Letter of recommendation from three clinical peers/supervisors who attest to communication and clinical competence (VU alumni need only submit two letters of recommendation);
  • A reflective essay relating doctoral study to professinal goals;
  • Submission of a portfolio to include curriculum vita/resume that includes a description of current and past clinical practice as well as any presentations and/or publications;
  • Interview with the Dean of the CONHP and Faculty
  • Criminal background check and drug screen will be required through VU to begin clinical courses;
  • Application Fee: $30 for U.S. citizens.

Application materials are due by April 15 in order to be considered for the fall admission.

For more information about the College of Nursing & Health Professions program
Visit their website at http://www.valpo.edu/nursing/.

Interested students should request an application packet from the Office of Graduate Studies through our website or by e-mailing Graduate.Studies@valpo.edu.