DNP Program Curriculum

Concepts & Contemporary Issues for the DNP (N263.11): This online course will develop the critical thinking skills of the DNP student in evaluating the state of nursing science and its impact on practice. Scientific theories and conceptual frameworks forming the foundations of knowledge and clinical scholarship in doctoral nursing practice will be presented. Middle range theories and concepts across disciplines will be evaluated for their translational utility for clinical interventions and patient outcomes. (3 units)

Critical Appraisal of Evidence-Based Practice (N263.12): This online course is designed to provide the DNP student with the skills to critically appraise and translate evidence into practice. Evidence-based practice (EBP) appraisal frameworks are used to promote understanding of scientific information and support critical decision-making in healthcare. (3 units)

Methods & Measurement for Translational Practice Inquiry (N263.13): This online course appraises advanced concepts in research methods and measurement strategies that are applicable to support the advanced practice nurse to assess, evaluate and utilize data from various sources. Research, quality improvement initiatives, and information technology origins will be discussed as they relate to improving care delivery and practice. (3 units)

Improving Health Outcomes Through Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (N263.14): This online course provides an inter-professional focus in the sciences of quality improvement and patient safety within healthcare settings. The history and evolution of the quality movement, theories and thought leaders, current quality of care issues, eliminating health disparities, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, research and innovations, intervention strategies and instruments will be addressed. (3 units)

Advanced Health Policy & Advocacy (N263.15): This online course focuses on critical analysis of health policy in support of strategic action and advocacy. The course will cover health policy analysis within the context of economic, legal, social justice, and ethical issues and stimulate debate for decision-making and action. Partnerships with professional and/or community agencies that present opportunities to apply and evaluate health policy intervention and policies related to current healthcare issues will be explored. (3 units)

Organizational Systems & Health Economics (N263.16): This online course is designed to expose the DNP student to a wide variety of organizational types and a foundational understanding of how healthcare is financed in the U.S. Students will explore various types of healthcare organizations and delivery systems. Healthcare finance will be discussed at national and practice levels. Students will lead in-depth discussions of healthcare resources, institutional change, and the effect on the U.S. healthcare delivery system. (3 units)

Transforming Healthcare Through Inter-professional Collaboration (N263.17): This online course is designed to acquaint DNP students with contemporary issues in the healthcare professions and expose students to inter-professional collaborative practice concepts and competencies. Students will discuss the various barriers and facilitators in achieving a model collaborative practice and explore innovative opportunities to change current practice. Students will also explore and challenge their personal belief systems and identify potential barriers to collaboration in a team environment. Participants will discuss the relationship between inter-professional education, practice and healthcare outcomes and prepare DNP graduates to assume a leadership role. (3 units)

Advanced Concepts in Clinical Prevention & Population Health (N263.18): This online course enables the DNP student to integrate, synthesize and apply concepts associated with health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic health problems. Epidemiologic and biostatistical principles will be emphasized as applicable to the care of communities, and culturally diverse and vulnerable populations. (3 units)

DNP Prologue, DNP Intersession, and DNP Epilogue Immersion Series (N263.00 - N263.02): This in-person intensive series is designed to meet the professional development of DNP students as they progress through the program. In the first intensive, DNP Prologue (N263.00), the student will be introduced to the program including student support services, curriculum overview, educational approach, learning expectations, ethics and academic integrity. Students will also be introduced to principles of teamwork, communication and teaching-learning theories that will be applied throughout the program of study. During the second intensive, DNP Intersession (N263.01), students will explore and define competencies expected of the DP. Additionally students will present and receive faculty and peer feedback on their DNP Scholarly Project Proposal. Recommendations related to practical data collection approaches and data analysis will also be emphasized. During the final intensive, DNP Epilogue (N263.02), students will assess the acquisition of DNP competencies through the presentation of the DNP Scholarly Project, self-reflection via a career plan and critical evaluation of their DNP program. The entire cohort of students attends the DNP Immersion course series. (2 units each)

DNP Project I, II, III, and IV Series (N263A - N263D): The purpose of the series is to provide structured content and application for the student’s DNP Scholarly Project. The DNP Scholarly Project is a key element of the DNP degree program and represents a terminal synthesis of data related to an identified practice issue. The four DNP Project Series courses will occur sequentially and will be held in parallel to the students’ DNP Residency hours. Students must successfully complete each DNP Project Series course in sequence to progress in the program. The courses will be delivered synchronously or asynchronously according to the needs of the student cohort and faculty mentor. (1- 2 units each)

DNP Residency (N463): AACN requires a minimum of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience for the awarding of a DNP degree. Prior to admission applicants must complete a minimum of 500 hours from an advanced practice Master’s degree or post-Master’s certification program. These 500 practice hours will be accepted as part of the 1,000 required hours. The remaining hours will be obtained while a student in the DNP Degree Program (510 hours or 17 quarter units), and will be completed at an approved and mentored practice site. Students must maintain and present documentation demonstrating the number of residency hours and applicability of the experiences throughout the program. (2 - 5 units each)