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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 interprofessional teams to collaboratively improve patient and population health outcomes, particularly among rural and underserved

Program length

Four-semester completion track with part-time option.

On-campus component

100% online with optional on-campus seminars

Curriculum

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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse HIF 6010 - Foundations Health Informatics

An introduction to the US healthcare system and the role of informatics. Examines clinical, research, and administrative applications of information technology applications used by healthcare professionals. The course will cover the history of the field, an introduction to clinical data, electronic health records, decision support systems, computerized order entry, and consumer applications.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6355 - Health Care Finance

The course will cover finance issues related to healthcare organizations. Topics include: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, profitability analysis and preparation of budgets. The class will learn how to analyze financial statements. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)

Expand and Collapse NSG 8110 - Introduction to the DNP

Provides a framework for DNP-prepared nurses to play a leading role in health care transformation, as well as the tools to make those changes. Topics covered during the course include nursing science and theory, evidence-based practice, leadership and interprofessional collaboration, nursing informatics, scholarly writing to promote change, emerging DNP roles such as the nurse educator, and the development of the DNP scholarly project. Provides students with the foundation necessary to enter into the highest level of advanced practice nursing and develop that practice for the benefit of both their patients and the health of the country and world.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8201 - Clinical Project I

Integrate knowledge required to design, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based clinical practice change and/or healthcare system change that will positively impact population health. Students critically review literature and appraise evidence related to a clinical problem of interest and perform a needs assessment and organizational analysis of a potential project site. Clinical Experience Description: Provides the opportunity for students to obtain 150 hours towards the AACN requirement of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience. Students will integrate the DNP role through a variety of clinical practice experiences that meet the AACN Essentials. Clinical experiences align to individual professional goals in areas of leadership, business, policy, information technology, education, population health, and DNP project preparation.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8206 - Clinical Project II

Integrates knowledge required to design, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based clinical practice change and/or healthcare system change that will positively impact population health. This course focuses on the development of project methodology, implementation, and evaluation plans. Students will apply principles of outcomes research while refining, developing, completing, and defending the DNP clinical project proposal. The successfully defended proposal is followed by IRB application. Implementation of the project begins following IRB approval. Clinical Experience Description: Provides an opportunity for students to obtain 150 hours towards the AACN requirement of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience. Students will integrate the DNP role through a variety of clinical practice experiences related to the AACN Essentials. Clinical experiences align to individual professional goals in areas of leadership, business, policy, information technology, education, population health, and DNP project preparation.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8207 - Clinica Project III

Focuses on continued implementation, evaluation, completion, and final defense of an evidence-based clinical practice change and/or healthcare system change to positively impact population health. Students complete implementation and evaluation, analyze data, organize findings, and disseminate results in manuscript or poster format and in a podium presentation at a departmental project symposium. Students work independently under the guidance of a faculty chair, project team member, and agency sponsor to complete the final DNP project. Clinical Experience Description: Provides an opportunity for students to obtain 150 hours towards the AACN requirement of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience. Students will integrate the DNP role through a variety of clinical and/or organizational leadership experiences related to AACN Essentials. Clinical experiences align to individual professional goals in areas of leadership, business, policy, information technology, education, population health, and DNP project completion.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8213 - Evidence Based Practice & Health Outcomes

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. Includes applying current theoretical models and research to clinical practice problems.

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 8614 - Health Care Policy

Explores the role of the DNP prepared APRN in health policy. Foundational knowledge in systems of health care delivery, finance, regulation, and population health support the underpinnings of health care policy and are incorporated. Leadership in healthcare policy design, implementation, analysis and advocacy at various levels are addressed. Social justice and equity in healthcare are central tenets of the course.

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 8673 - Epidemiology and Population Health

Introduces concepts related to epidemiology and population health relevant to advanced nursing practice. Explores population-based health care principles of prevention, health maintenance and health promotion.

Expand and Collapse NSG 8674 - Biostatistics for the DNP

Provides an overview of biostatistical methods used by clinical practitioners to enhance the quality of healthcare practice. Focus is on common study designs in research used in evidence-based practice. Students will demonstrate an understanding of statistical principles, their use in assessing published practice evidence. Students will also gain knowledge on how to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to explore, analyze and disseminate health data.

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