Curriculum | Bachelor's to DNP

Program Overview

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. 

The BS to DNP Program educates professional nurses for advanced practice in nursing in the following specialty areas:

  • adult/geriatric nurse practitioner
  • family nurse practitioner
  • adult/family psychiatric nurse practitioner

Doctoral-level courses are integrated throughout the advanced-practice nursing curriculum and prepare the future DNP to expand their knowledge and practice options. Students can opt for a dual track of study by adding a gerontological specialization to any of the advanced practice tracks.

The BS to DNP option is offered in a hybrid format consisting of online courses supplemented with minimal on-campus meetings. Students who wish to complete the program on a full-time basis should not work more than 0.6.

This advanced-practice nursing program is designed to guide nursing professionals in the development of a higher level of skill at the organizational and systems level of practice for improving healthcare outcomes that focus on the following essential elements:

  • Scientific Underpinngs for Practice
  • Organizational and System Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
  • Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Information System/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the improvement and Transformation of Health Care
  • Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
  • Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health outcomes
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation's Health
  • Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Systems Change
  • Leadership in Health Care

Learning Outcomes

Students in the BS to DNP program will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing practice.
  • Design roles of advanced nursing practice responsive to changing environmental forces.
  • Use leadership skills, teaching, and collaborative strategies to create appropriate change in policy and systems which augment individual and population health.
  • Facilitate the investigation of nursing problems with the dissemination and integration of findings into practice.
  • Integrate knowledge of political, economic, and social issues; ethics and jurisprudence in decision-making processes to resolve dilemmas of practice
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of professional nursing and to the professional growth of self and peers.
  • Evaluate care delivery models and/or strategies using concepts related to community, environmental, cultural, socioeconomic and ethical dimensions of health.
  • Assume leadership roles in professional teams involved in the development of clinical practice models, practice guidelines, quality improvement processes, health policy and standards of care.
  • Analyze multiple sources of client outcome data through information technology and research methods for application to healthcare delivery, program development, practice guidelines, and problem solving processes.
  • Evaluate interventions to improve health status, access patterns, and/or gaps in care of populations within a community of focus, particularly those who are rural or culturally disadvantaged.
  • Design and implement evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that influence healthcare outcomes positively for individuals or populations.
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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse BIO 5777 - Independent Study

Advanced Pathophysiology is a course intended to broaden and deepen the students' knowledge of the normal and abnormal functional processes of the human body. The subject of study assumes a prior understanding of basic physiologic principles that is, in turn, built upon knowledge of cellular function and biochemical mechanisms. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare students to visualize the mechanical functioning of the body in health and disease so that they may better understand the principles of prevention and treatment.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8000 - Leadership in Health Care Part I: Personal Dimensions

Explores the various dimensions of leadership as applied to the health care environment. Includes theoretical models and their application to nursing models of practice, personal and organizational integration of values, key aspects of creating and sustaining a learning organization, and leadership as partnership and teamwork.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8200 - Outcomes Research

Knowledge and skill development in the evaluation of quantitative research studies and the translation of outcomes research into practice. This course emphasizes applying current theoretical models and research to clinical practice.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8201 - Clinical Project I

Focuses on developing a literature review, beginning needs assessment, and problem statement to prepare students to design an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement doctoral project designed to effect a practice or systems change. Students work with class colleagues and the course instructor to produce an integrated literature review and problem statement based on a needs assessment in a clinical area of interest.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8202 - Ethics in Health Care

Analysis of both empirical research and philosophical inquiry in health care ethics with due consideration for human diversity and social context. Exploration of current ethical issues, including relevant contextual factors, within the health care disciplines broadly, and within the student's area of clinical practice and scholarship specifically. Emphasis on the socially organized practices of responsibility that influence ethical decision-making and their implications for health care delivery within the professional domains of administration, clinical care, policy and education. This course focuses primarily on the ethical problems of nursing practice. It is designed to help students increase their knowledge of the domains of ethical experience, articulate the ethical issues they experience in practice, and justify the reasons for taking one course of action over another. Readings are taken from moral philosophy, bioethics, nursing, feminist theory, and social science.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8352 - Performance Management in Heal

Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry for both larger health care organizations and smaller health care settings. Issues related to the extreme pressure exerted by both purchasers and regulatory agencies for healthcare organizations to improve its performance will be analyzed.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8355 - Healthcare Finance

Covers finance issues related to healthcare organizations, such as: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, service line profitability analysis, and preparation of operating and capital budgets. Students learn how to analyze financial statements and their relationship to organizational decision-making.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8470 - Health Program Evaluation

Focuses on evaluating health programs including the activities, characteristics, and outcomes used to draw conclusions about health programs. Students develop skills in health program planning and evaluation through discussion and analysis of literature and development of a health program evaluation plan.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8530 - Clinical Workflow & Process Re

This course is designed to provide healthcare and health information technology professionals with the theory and tools necessary to effect the clinical transformation required for the successful adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). EHR systems are significant investments that must be planned and implemented in a manner that ensures positive outcomes. EHR systems are not just financial, administrative, or operational systems that focus on healthcare departmental tasks, nor are they electronic means to achieve documentation. Instead, EHRs are knowledge management systems, directly impacting the way clinicians practice. As such, clinical processes must be understood and redesigned to take advantage of the support afforded by information technology.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8660 - Leadership in Health Care Part II: Organizational Innovations

Integrates organizational and management theories within the context of change management processes and applies them to the delivery of nursing services in a variety of settings and systems. Analyzes the role of the advanced practice nurse at various levels of management and emphasizes the requisite core abilities of the DNP-prepared APRN. Investigates factors that affect dynamic changes in the health care system including delivery of nursing care.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8675 - Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Introduces key concepts to identify research methods and study designs within epidemiology. The student will explore various forms of biostatistical analysis in research.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8680 - Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar

Facilitates the transition of graduate nursing students to advanced clinical practice. Emphasizes the concrete goals and tasks of the transition to practice as well as the transformation of identity from student to independent professional. Identifies the nature and scope of professionalism in the discipline. Provides an opportunity for networking with student colleagues statewide.

Expand and Collapse Concentrations

Expand and Collapse Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (ANP/GNP)

Expand and Collapse BIO 5125 - Biology of Aging

Biology of Aging is a course designed to allow study and understanding of the principles of aging applied to the anatomical and physiologic systems of the body. The course is divided into three portions; (1) Examination of the basic principles of aging from the population level; (2) Events of aging seen at the cellular level; and (3) Events of aging observed at the system level of the body.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6639 - Hlth Care Mgt II: Frail Adult

Intensive clinical experience focusing on the application of evidence-based guidelines in care management of the older adult with complex health needs in a variety of settings. Evaluates nursing care and the influence of support systems for their impact on client outcomes. Includes monitoring and support of client physical and behavioral changes; modification of care for acute and chronic conditions in accordance with assessment, test findings, and client responses; and assessment of adherence to pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. 190 clinical hours.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6683 - Primary Health Care Mgt II

Applies knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Addresses underlying pathophysiologic and psychosocial bases for occurrence and detection with emphasis on management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Must take NSG 8215 within one year of this course, otherwise remedial work will be required. 180 clinical hours.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6687 - Nurse Practitioner Preceptrshp

Intensive clinical experience with a focus on prevention, health promotion, client education and illness management of individuals and families. 200 clinical hours.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8220 - Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan

Introduction to the role of the primary care nurse practitioner in the promotion and management of women’s reproductive health across the lifespan. Covers well-woman care including healthy pregnancy, lactation, pre-natal and post-natal care, and menopause along with frequently encountered problems in reproductive health care. Forty-five (45) clinical hours are required.

Expand and Collapse Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Expand and Collapse NSG 6681 - Primary Health Care Mgt I

Applies knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of common acute and chronic illnesses in infants, children, and adolescents. Emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation derived from pathophysiologic, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental data. Must be taken the semester immediately following NSG 8215 or requires faculty approval. 145 clinical hours.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6683 - Primary Health Care Mgt II

Applies knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Addresses underlying pathophysiologic and psychosocial bases for occurrence and detection with emphasis on management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Must take NSG 8215 within one year of this course, otherwise remedial work will be required. 180 clinical hours.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6687 - Nurse Practitioner Preceptrshp

Intensive clinical experience with a focus on prevention, health promotion, client education and illness management of individuals and families. 200 clinical hours.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8220 - Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan

Introduction to the role of the primary care nurse practitioner in the promotion and management of women’s reproductive health across the lifespan. Covers well-woman care including healthy pregnancy, lactation, pre-natal and post-natal care, and menopause along with frequently encountered problems in reproductive health care. Forty-five (45) clinical hours are required.

Expand and Collapse Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): Adult and Family

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Expand and Collapse NSG 8215 - Lifespan Health Assessment

Advanced physical, psychological, social, and developmental skills necessary for advanced nursing practice with patients across the lifespan. Emphasizes principles and techniques of data collection, communication, and physical examination. Explores and applies health promotion concepts based on patient’s age, culture, and setting. Explores basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures. Lab meetings required.

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