Curriculum | Post-master's 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-master's program are to prepare nursing leaders with the following competencies:

  • 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 health care 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 live in rural  areas or who are culturally disadvantaged.
  • Design and implement evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that influence health care outcomes positively for individuals or populations.

Program length

The length of the program varies depending on how quickly you want to move through the courses. There are two-, three- and four-year completion options.

On-campus component

The program also includes an on-campus component. Students need to be on campus to defend their project proposal and defend their doctoral project.


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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

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 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.

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