Nursing Programs

The School of Nursing offers the following degree programs at the doctorate and graduate level. Admissions and program regulations can be viewed on the main School of Nursing Bulletin Page. Detailed curriculum requirements are listed for each program below. 

Academic Programs

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is comprised of two tracks: Post Baccalaureate to DNP (BSN-DNP) and Post-Master’s to DNP (MSN-DNP).  The Post BSN-DNP track prepares BSN nurses to be family nurse practitioners at the doctoral level. Graduates of the Post BSN-DNP program are eligible to apply for certification as a family nurse practitioner. The Post MSN- DNP has two concentrations: Nurse Practitioner and Executive Leadership.  Students can choose one of these two plans of study depending on their career goals: Post MSN-DNP is for nurses who already have a Master's degree in nursing and want to obtain the highest level of nursing education.

 

DNP - Post-Baccalaureate Curriculum 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate program is a 75 credit hour, graduate level program with a family nurse practitioner concentration. Students complete the following courses for 75 crs: 

  • NURS G800 Theoretical Perspectives & the Advanced Nursing Role
  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics
  • NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults
  • NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health
  • NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
  • NURS G860 Gerontology in Primary Care
  • NURS G900 Scientific Inquiry and Translational Research
  • NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice
  • NURS G910 Epidemiology
  • NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Translation
  • NURS G920 Biostatistics
  • NURS G925 Program Planning, Evaluation, & Quality Management
  • NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I
  • NURS G935 Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation
  • NURS G940 Health Policy & Economics
  • NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II
  • NURS G950 Integrated Behavioral Health
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance
  • NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project Practicum

Progression Plans

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DNP - Post-Master’s Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Master's DNP program is a 39+ credit hour, graduate level program that provides students a curriculum from a MSN degree to the DNP with two concentrations: Nurse Practitioner and Executive Leader. Students complete the following courses for 39+ crs:

  • NURS G900 Scientific Inquiry and Translational Research
  • NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice
  • NURS G910 Epidemiology
  • NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Translation
  • NURS G920 Biostatistics
  • NURS G925 Program Planning, Evaluation, & Quality Management
  • NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I
  • NURS G935 Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation
  • NURS G940 Health Policy & Economics
  • NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II
  • NURS G954 Organizational Behavior
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance
  • NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project Practicum
  • NURS G965 EL Advanced Practicum (1-4 credit hours)*

*The DNP degree requires 1,000 of practice beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students who completed a master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner typically completed 400+ practice hours in that degree. Students who completed other master’s in nursing programs may not have completed as many practice hours. Student transcripts are evaluated individually to determine the number of practicum hours from their master’s program. The MSN-DNP practicum courses provide 540 practicum hours. Students may need to complete additional practice hours to meet the 1,000 hour total.

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program has three track options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership, and Nurse Educator. All options are fully online, and application procedures are similar. Course requirements for each track differ.

 

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP) 

The School of Nursing offers an online, Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) concentration. The MSN-FNP concentration is a 45 credit hour program focused on preparing BSN-prepared, experienced nurses to become family nurse practitioners, with emphasis in primary care, strong critical thinking, and a comprehensive approach to patient care. Practicum experiences are completed with preceptors in practice settings located in the areas in which the student resides. 

Students complete the following requirements for 45 crs: 

  • NURS G732 Population Health Management
  • NURS G800 Theoretical Perspectives & the Advanced Nursing Role
  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics
  • NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults
  • NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health
  • NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
  • NURS G860 Gerontology in Primary Care
  • NURS G950 Integrated Behavioral Health 
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance

Progression Plan.

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