Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Associate Dean: Dawn Coburn Joy, Ph.D., RN, CNE
INTRODUCTION Upon completion of the program requirements, students are awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. To comply with required educational changes, as outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) the Villa Maria School of Nursing is offering the addition of courses that will meet identified core content and core competencies outlined by the AACN specific to the practice doctorate. The program is offered as a “bridge program” or Master’s add-on from the MSN to the DNP that is 26 credits in length. It can be completed in four to six part-time semesters. Graduates will be prepared as leaders in their practice area. Course content will direct the DNP student at Gannon University to prepare, deliver and evaluate an evidence-based practice project in the clinical arena. This project will be an immersion experience and will not be a research dissertation. Students may use their previous MSN level thesis work as a pilot study or starting point to develop the project.
OUTCOMES At the conclusion of the course of study leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Gannon University, the graduates will: • be prepared in advanced nursing practice as culturally sensitive, competent and safe practitioners and who deliver care and act as advocates for individuals, aggregates, and communities of varying diversity and socioeconomic levels; • effectively use technology, large aggregate data bases, and information systems to identify, use, and create therapeutic nursing interventions that promote health and prevent disease; • identify, analyze, and create evidence-based solutions to individual practice and organizational health care dilemmas; • synthesize and utilize ethical, legal, political, and advocacy methodologies to positively impact health care practice and health care delivery systems; • promote collaborative and multidisciplinary delivery of health care as members of teams and organizations across the health care practice arena; • 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 - 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 801 Evidence Based Practice/ Theory 3 DNURS 802 Transcultural Influences on Health Care (40 hours clinical project) 3 Spring Semester DNURS 804 Scientific Underpinnings of APN* DNURS 803 Leadership & Health Policy (40 hour clinical project)*
Summer Session DNURS 806 Health Care Informatics DNURS 807 Evidence Based Practice Project
Fall Semester DNURS 805 Epidemiology and the Role of the Clinical Nurse Doctorate DNURS 807 Evidence Based Practice/Project