Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Dr. Sharon Souter, Interim Program Director

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice doctorate that prepares advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and nurse administrators as clinical scholars and nurse executives. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to be clinical scholars that will lead translational research into practice and design new models of care through research application in order to ensure the highest quality of care and health outcomes for patients, populations and organizations.


Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements:

•   A Baccalaureate degree in nursing earned from a nationally accredited program.

•   A master’s degree or post-masters certificate as an advanced practice nurse

(clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist), nurse

leadership (or equivalent) or nurse educator from a nationally accredited program with a GPA of 3.0

or above.

•   A completed graduate level nursing or equivalent research course within the last

5 years with a grade of B or higher.

•   Evidence of epidemiology content integrated into a course or as a separate


•   Three (3) letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and potential

for doctoral study (including one reference from a professional colleague and one from a

faculty member).

•   Unencumbered RN license and approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse by the Board of Nursing in the state of residency and current certification by a nationally recognized credentialing organization in the advanced practice role.

•    A 500-word typed statement of area of practice interest, career goals, and reasons for

                desiring doctoral study

•    A curriculum vita that documents practice experience, professional activities, and publications

•   Qualified applicants will be interviewed by faculty

Degree Requirements

To graduate, the student must meet the following requirements:
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.00 scale. No grade below 2.00 (C) will be accepted. If the student earns more than one C, progression in the program will be evaluated.
  • Completion of all degree requirements within five years of date of admission into the program.


Fall I

NURS 7310Scholarly Foundations of Advanced Practice


NURS 7320Appraisal and Application Evidence Based Practice Principles


NURS 7325Organizational Systems in Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking


Spring I

NURS 7111Pre-Scholarship Portfolio


NURS 7321Translational Science


NURS 7323Healthcare Economics Practice Management


NURS 7324Healthcare Ethics and Health Policy


Summer I

NURS 7140DNP Project Portfolio Advisement


NURS 7322Statistical Analysis for the DNP Project


NURS 7220Information Technology in Health Care


NURS 6336Epidemiology & Population Health Research


* NURS 6336 if needed

Fall II

NURS 7315Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes


NURS 7370DNP Fellowship I


NURS 7241DNP Scholarship Project Advisement I


Spring II

NURS 7326Advanced Management of Complex Health Conditions and Genomics



NURS 7350Nursing and Health Systems Administration (Administrative Track)


NURS 7371DNP Fellowship II


NURS 7243DNP Scholarship Project Advisement III


Summer II

NURS 7244DNP Scholarship Project Advisement IV


Fall III

Fall III and courses only if needed.
NURS 7181Special Topics


NURS 7342DNP Scholarship Project Advisement