Doctor of Nursing Practice 89
Applicants must present evidence of a research thesis or evidencebased project based on research to be considered for admission to the DNP program. If not completed at the MSN level, students will be required to complete the research core at Gannon University to include GNURS 650 Nursing Research (3 cr), GNURS 651 Research Seminar (3 cr), GNURS 721 Thesis Guidance (3 cr). This will increase the credit program from 26 to 35 credits post-masters.
THE CURRICULUM PLAN
A three credit graduate level statistics course must be completed prior to taking DNURS 801 Evidence based Practice/Theory. If it is taken outside of Gannon, a course description must accompany the portfolio and be approved by the Graduate Nursing Director. It can be taken at Gannon in either as an on-line or face to face format. The Graduate Nursing Director will review approved courses with the student. Full-time Program of Study Fall Semester (Semester #1) DNURS 801 Evidence-Based Practice/Theory 3 DNURS 802 Transcultural Influences on Health Care * 3 DNURS 803 Leadership and Health Policy * 3 Spring Semester (Semester #2) DNURS 804 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Practice Nursing (online) 3 DNURS 805 Epidemiology and the Role of the Clinical Nurse Doctorate 3 DNURS 806 Health Care Informatics 3 Summer Session (Semester #3) DNURS 807 Evidence-Based Practice/Specialty Practice Capstone* 5 * 224 + 40 + 40= 304 hours of clinical practice minimum Suggested Part-time Program of Study Fall Semester DNURS 801 Evidence-Based Practice/Theory 3 DNURS 802 Transcultural Influences on Health Care (40 hours clinical) 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 803 Leadership & Health Policy (40 hour project) DNURS 807 Evidence Based Practice/ Capstone (with Summer practice hours= 224)**
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**all post-BSN and Post-MSN clinical certification hours will be evaluated for a total of 1000 post-BSN clinical hours
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS DNURS 801 Evidence- Based Practice/Theory 3 credits Emphasis is on the impact of the advanced practice nurseâ€™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. 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, state, and national levels. Leadership is fundamental to DNP practice. This course will prepare students to analyze and develop practice processes and outcomes that improve quality outcomes, patient safety and their implications. Teams and interprofessional collaboration will be examined to effect quality outcomes. Students will synthesize the impact of budget and finance on strategic planning and influence health policy makers to evaluate and improve health care delivery systems at a local, state or national level.