DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)/DOCTORATE
The DNP degree is the terminal practice degree for the profession of nursing.†Prospective students will obtain a terminal nursing degree with a focus in clinical practice.†The DNP is distinct from the more common PhD programs in nursing which are research-focused. The impetus for enhancing graduate education for practicing clinicians includes an increasingly complex healthcare environment, explosive growth in knowledge of science and therapeutics, quality and safety concerns, and financial pressures driving efficiency efforts. The practice focused doctorate in nursing builds upon advanced clinical skills with coursework focused on quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and systems approaches to meeting the health care needs of the public.
There are a number of learning outcomes associated with the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. It is intended that students of the program will
Multiple entry points will be available for applicants to the DNP program. Students will have the option of completing requirements for FNP or ANP certification within the larger context of the DNP degree. Post-BSN nurses will have the option to enter the program, complete coursework and certification requirements as an ANP or FNP and continue to the DNP.†Additional options for student entry include those for masterís prepared nurses lacking certification in an advanced practice role, who may choose to complete coursework and certification requirements for the ANP or FNP and continue through the DNP.†Finally, advanced practice nurses who hold current certification may choose to enter directly into DNP coursework, and so complete the degree in a significantly shortened timeframe. These applicants may hold advanced practice certification as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists or clinical nurse specialists.
MULTIPLE ENTRY POINTS FOR DNP ADMISSION†
|Applicant Credentials||Masterís Level Coursework||Doctoral Level Coursework||Degree Awarded|
|Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree||All Lewis masterís level coursework required for ANP or FNP specializations||Doctor of Nursing Practice coursework||Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree|
|Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing degree and advanced practice certification||†||Doctor of Nursing Practice coursework||Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree|
|Registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing degree without†advanced practice certification||Lewis Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner coursework and certification requirements||Doctor of Nursing Practice coursework||Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree|
Unless otherwise stated, application and admission requirements for the DNP will be identical to those for students seeking the Master of Science in Nursing degree.
Additional Requirements Include:
For post-MSN applicants with national specialty certification as an advanced practice nurse, the time limit for program completion is three calendar years.
For post-baccalaureate or post-masterís applicants, the time limit for completion is five calendar years. For post-master's applicants without national specialty certification as an advanced practice nurse, the time limit for completion is four calendar years.
The number of credit hours required for degree completion depends on the student entering the program:
Post-baccalaureate student Ė 83 credit hours required
RN with MSN and no Advanced Practice Certification Ė 70 credit hours required
RN with MSN and Advanced Practice Certification Ė 38 credit hours required