Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice doctorate designed to prepare professional nurses for scholarly practice as clinical and health systems experts who will lead and inspire health care improvement and reform.
The fully-accredited DNP program:
- Is designed for the working healthcare professional, and all coursework is completed online
- Can be completed on a full-time or part-time plan of study
- Focuses on leadership, systems thinking, reflective practice, health policy, implementation science and evidenced-based clinical practice
- Includes three practica that comprise the doctoral project and provide the opportunity for application of knowledge gained in all the courses.
There are two pathways to the DNP:
- Traditional track, for MSN graduates
- 36 credits
- Complete in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years
- for BSN graduates who have completed an accelerated program including three 3-credit graduate level courses:
- epidemiology for the health professions
- research for advanced practice nursing/research design
- informatics for advanced practice nursing
- 60 credits
- Complete in a minimum of 3-1/2 years (starting in the summer semester) up to a maximum of 6 years
- MSN program options: Community Systems Administration or Nursing Informatics
DNP Admission Requirements
DNP graduates lead and practice at the most advanced level of nursing.
Graduates prepared for an advanced nursing practice role focus their practice on direct care and management of individuals and families.
Graduates in administrative, healthcare policy, informatics and population-based specialties focus their practice on aggregates: populations, systems (including information systems), organizations and state or national policies.
Jefferson’s fully-accredited DNP program provides a rigorous 36 credit post-MSN curriculum focused on leadership, systems thinking, reflective practice, health policy, implementation science and evidenced-based clinical practice.
Designed for the working healthcare professional, all coursework is completed online. It can be completed on a full time or part-time plan of study, allowing students to a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years to complete the DNP.
Throughout their studies, DNP students complete three practica that comprise the doctoral project and provide the opportunity for application of knowledge gained in all the courses.
“Advanced nursing practice is any form of nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, including the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy."
-- American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2004
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– discuss prerequisite
– review curriculum
– take a campus tour
– review application