The DNP is an advanced practice nursing program based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) guidelines for the curriculum, and reflects a inter-disciplinary design incorporating appropriate graduate level courses from other disciplines. For example, courses from the Management Department in organizational behavior, systems, finance and performance; Health Information and Informatics Department, courses in technical applications - workflow design; and lastly program evaluation from Psychology. Students come to the program as skilled advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and other specialties.
This advanced practice nursing program is designed to guide nursing profressionals in the development of a higher level of skill at the organizational and systems level of practice for improving health care outcomes that focus on the following essential elements:
The BS to DNP program is designed for baccalaureate-prepared RNs, particularly those who live in rural or medically underserved areas. Whenever possible, clinical experiences are arranged at appropriate sites near the student's home. We strive to offer a combination of online and face-to-face courses in order to make the program accessible to students who do not live in the Duluth-Superior area of Minnesota.
Eligibility for BS to DNP degree requires satisfactory completion of a minimum number of semester credits based on the student's desired area of focus. All program requirements must be completed within 7 years. Students who begin the program in summer semester and chose to complete the program at a part time pace can complete the program in four academic years. Informational materials detailing aspects of the program is mailed to all applicants.
Students in the BS to DNP program will be prepared to:
The curriculum builds upon outcomes of the current master's curriculum to incorporate the essential elements not met in the master's program. Outcomes of the post-master's program are to prepare nursing leaders with the following competencies: