The academically rigorous curriculum for the DNP program prepares nurses to meet the challenges presented in today’s changing landscape of health care. The DNP program focuses on pioneering research, theory, and policy and enables students to directly apply what they learn in the classroom to advance their nursing practice to the highest professional level.

Post-MSN to DNP Program

The Post-MSN to DNP curriculum is designed for advanced practice nurses who have earned their Master of Science in Nursing. Our program develops leaders in the field who improve health care outcomes through clinical practice, research, and management. The curriculum focuses strongly on Professional Practice Leadership.

Students in the program stay up-to-date on the ever-changing dynamics of nursing practice. In addition, students explore ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences. Read course descriptions.

Program Requirements

Students complete 30 course credits and a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours. Clinical hours completed during the students’ Master of Science in Nursing degree programs count toward the total minimum 1,000 clinical hours required.

Students complete the program on a part-time basis over a period of seven terms, with each term lasting 14 weeks. View the course schedule.

DNP Symposium

After the final term of the Post-MSN to DNP program, students participate in the Doctoral Symposium for Emerging Nurse Leaders. The symposium gives students the opportunity to present their DNP Projects to their peers and faculty as a final requirement to complete their degrees.

Designed to offer professional development and career guidance, the symposium also includes skills workshops, networking opportunities and social events, and a featured speaker and/or panel of experts.

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