Doctor of Nursing Practice
• provide quality nursing leadership and serve as mentors to other nurses, from novice nurses to nurses in advanced practice roles. NOTE: Course offerings in any graduate program nursing option are contingent on sufficient enrollment.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Applicants who hold a Master of Science in Nursing are eligible to apply for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program of study. Applicants must: • Submit an application for admission with the Gannon University Graduate Admissions office. Applicants will: - Provide official transcripts of all previous academic work - Have a 3.5 out of 4.0 overall GPA in their Master’s work - Submit three letters of recommendation; one from an academic professional (faculty who knows the student’s ability to do independent academic work), one from an employer, and one from a professional who can address the candidate’s advanced practice ability • Submit a portfolio (either e-attach or hard copy) to the nursing admissions committee, to include: - A professional resume - A copy of a current license and advanced practice license - Evidence of active certification and current CEUs - Course description of a Graduate level statistics course (if completed) - A synopsis or evidence of a thesis or evidence-based practice project completed at the Master’s level - An essay (limited to 500 words) regarding the applicant’s interest in obtaining a DNP - Complete a phone or onsite interview with the DNP faculty - Each student will be evaluated upon admission to the program for meeting a 1000 hours clinical requirement
THE CURRICULUM PLAN A three credit graduate level statistics course must be completed prior to or concurrent with taking DNURS 801 Evidence based Practice/Theory. If the course is not taken at Gannon, a course description must be approved by the Nursing Director. Graduate students are assigned an academic advisor who will provide guidance and support throughout the DNP program. REQUIRED COURSES FOR DNP PROGRAM OF STUDY Fall Semester DNURS 803 Leadership & Health Policy (40 hour clinical project)* 3 DNURS 801 Evidence Based Practice/ Theory 3 Spring Semester DNURS 804 Scientific Underpinnings of APN* DNURS 805 Epidemiology and the Role of the Clinical Nurse Doctorate
Summer Session DNURS 806 Health Care Informatics DNURS 807 Evidence Based Practice Capstone*
Fall Semester DNURS 802 Transcultural Influences on Health Care (40 hours clinical project) DNURS 807 Evidence Based Practice/Capstone*
* All students must complete a minimum of 304 clinical practice hours (40 + 40 + 224 hours = 304 hours); All post-BSN and postMSN clinical certification hours will be evaluated for a total of 1000 post-BSN clinical hours * DNURS 803 must be a prerequisite or co-requisite with DNURS 804. * Students not meeting the 1000 hour clinical requirement will be directed to take DNURS 810 (Special Topics).
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS DNURS 801 Evidence-Based Practice/Theory 3 credits Emphasis is on the impact of the advanced practice nurse’s use of evidence on the delivery of health care and in the measurement of outcomes. Methods to improve practice, identify and test interventions and care delivery models, and evaluate health care outcomes will be explored. Content provides a synthesis of concepts across the program of study. Students will choose a population question and an evidence-based practice model that will drive a change project throughout the program of study that will culminate in their capstone semester. DNURS 802 Transcultural Influences on Health Care 3 credits This course emphasizes the impact of culture, belief systems, and societal norms on the delivery of health care for diverse populations. Diversity is studied in relation to roles, expectations and social organization. Emphasized are the tools necessary to acquire the knowledge and skills to demonstrate culturally aware communication and cultural assessment which will identify strategies for enhancing health outcomes of ill and well patients, families and communities. Transcultural nursing concepts, theories and models will be applied to the analysis of health disparities and health care trends and issues across the lifespan. This course includes a 40 hour clinical project. DNURS 803 Leadership and Health Policy 3 credits The emphasis of this course is the impact of leadership on organizational, professional, and governmental policies in nursing practice. It includes an overview of how health care changes affect the structure and cost of care in the United States at the local,