Curriculum | Post-Graduate DNP

Learning Outcomes

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-graduate program are to prepare nursing leaders with the following competencies:

  • Synthesize knowledge and apply evidence-based research from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing practice across the lifespan.
  • Implement roles of advanced nursing practice responsive to changing social, economic, political, technological, and environmental conditions.
  • Develop skills in leadership on inter-professional teams to collaboratively improve patient and population health outcomes, particularly among rural and underserved.

Program length

This program is offered in a two-year completion track.

On-campus component

Online courses with on-campus defense of clinical project proposal and final project.


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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse NSG 8200 - Outcomes Research

Develops knowledge and skill in the evaluation of quantitative research studies and the translation of outcomes research into practice. 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

Compares traditional bioethics theories to a feminist model of ethics that views morality as a complex web of moral understandings that are achieved by the social negotiation of practices of responsibility. Takes an interdisciplinary approach to health care ethics that integrates moral philosophy, bioethics, nursing, and feminist theory. Applies the model to clinical and other health care scenarios to illuminate what constitutes morality in health care practices and within health care systems. Students analyze current ethical concerns within the health care disciplines broadly and within the student’s area of clinical practice and scholarship more narrowly with due consideration for human diversity and social location.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8206 - Clinical Project II

Focuses on the continuation of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to implement and evaluate a practice or systems change in a healthcare context. Students apply principles of outcomes research while refining, developing, completing, and defending the DNP clinical project proposal. Students work independently with the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor. Course includes formal project proposal defense and Human Subjects application.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8207 - Clinica Project III

Focuses on implementation, evaluation, completion, and successful final defense of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to effect a clinical practice and/or systems change in a healthcare context. Students work independently under the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor to implement goals and objectives, collect and analyze data, and evaluate project outcomes. Course includes a final project defense to a committee of faculty.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8213 - Evidence-Based Practice

Prepares students with foundational skills and competencies for practice inquiry and the critical appraisal of evidence to improve health quality, safety, and outcomes. Emphasizes the essential elements of evidence-based practice, including formatting clinical questions in advanced practice nursing roles, searching and appraising evidence, integrating evidence into practice, and evaluating outcomes.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8323 - Quality Improvement

Examines the fundamental concepts of quality improvement (QI) and the role QI has on the quality and safety of health care systems and patient outcomes. Explores methods, models, and tools used to evaluate practice variation and minimize risk of harm.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8430 - Health Care Informatics

An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explores the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration.

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 8660 - Leadership in Health Care: 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.

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