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The MSN to DNP is for nurses who are already master’s prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) (e.g. Nurse Prac­titioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives) or Health Care Systems Leaders (e.g., Nurse Administrators, Informaticists, Outcome Managers).

Credit Hour and Practice Requirements

MSN to DNP students who matriculate in fall 2020 are required to complete 36 credit hours, approximately 500 residency hours, and an evidence-based practice DNP project. All students are expected to have 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours and MSN to DNP applicants must submit written verification of supervised clinical hours completed during their prior degree program using this DNP Verification of Precepted Clinical Hours Form. Most MSN to DNP APRN students enter the program with 500 or more practice hours from their prior master’s program. Some MSN to DNP students prepared in health care systems may not have completed 500 clinical practice hours in their prior master’s program and will need to complete additional hours to meet graduation requirements. In addition, MSN-prepared Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) may be required to take bridge courses in finance and managing human resources (total of 6 additional credits).

Plans of Study

 DNP Course List

Full-Time MSN-DNP Fall 2020

YearCourseCredits
One
FallNURS 921: Theoretical Principles of Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 922: Critical Appraisal of Evidence3
NURS 934: Clinical Scholarship and Professional Communication 3
Qualifying Exam
SpringNURS 923: Implementation and Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 969: Applied Data Analysis
3
NURS 994: DNP Project
3
SummerNURS 935: Leading Organizational and Systems Change3
NURS 994: DNP Project (If students implement their DNP projects during
the summer)
3 (if needed)
Two
FallNURS 936: Informatics and Safe and Effective Health Care3
NURS 967: Economics and Financing of Health Care Systems 3
NURS 994: DNP Project3
SpringNURS 938: Public Policy and Advocacy in Health Care3
NURS 945: Population Health in a Global Context
3
NURS 994: DNP Project
(if needed)
3 (if needed)

Part-Time MSN-DNP Fall 2020

YearCourseCredits
One
FallNURS 921: Theoretical Principles of Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 936: Informatics and Safe and Effective Health Care3
SpringNURS 945: Population Health in a Global Context
3
NURS 969: Applied Data Analysis
3
SummerNURS 935: Leading Organizational and Systems Change3
Two
FallNURS 922: Critical Appraisal of Evidence3
NURS 934: Clinical Scholarship and Professional Communication 3
Qualifying Exam
SpringNURS 923: Implementation and Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 994: DNP Project
3
SummerNURS 994: DNP Project
(if students implement their DNP projects during
the summer)
3
Three
FallNURS 967: Economics and Financing of Health Care Systems 3
NURS 994: DNP Project3
SpringNURS 938*: Public Policy and Advocacy in Health Care3
NURS 994: DNP Project
(if completing project )
3

*May be taken in Spring 2022 if student anticipates a December 2022 graduation.

Please note: PhD courses are also available to DNP students. If you have any question or concerns, please see your academic advisor, Lead Faculty, or Assistant Dean-MSN/DNP.