Doctor of Nursing Practice Course Descriptions

DNP 910/EDD 910 Applied Research

Three semester hours
This course in advanced research provides students with knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing and designing research at the doctorate-level. Students explore the application of research to the practice setting. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs and methods are analyzed. Ethical and social change implications of conducting research, producing knowledge and engaging in scholarship are emphasized. Students will synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills of applied research.
Prerequisites: None

DNP 936/EDD 936 Advanced Health Care Policy, Law and Ethics

Three semester hours
This course will prepare the student to design, influence, and implement health care policies that frame ethical health care practice/education through financing, regulation, access, safety, quality, and advocacy. The student will investigate health care policies that address issues of social justice and equity in health care. The student will apply two additional skill sets: the ability to analyze the policy process and the ability to engage in politically competent action. The student will engage proactively in the development and implementation of health policy at various levels, including institutional, local, state, regional, federal, and international levels. Students will demonstrate the essential competencies to assume a leadership role in the development of ethical health policy by contrasting the major contextual factors and policy triggers that influence health policy-making at the various levels.
Prerequisite:   None

DNP 920/EDD 920 Doctoral Seminar I

One semester hour
This course focuses on the dissertation process and a review of the literature surrounding the student’s proposed topic. The students’ committee chair and members will be identified. The roles of the committee chair and committee members are discussed, as well as College resources.
Prerequisites: May take concurrently with DNP/EDD 910

DNP 915/EDD 915 Outcomes of Health Care in a Global Society

Three semester hours
This course examines the behavioral, cultural and social contexts of health disparities and its consequences as well as implications for the health of minority populations from a health care perspective. The history of health disparities, inequity and inequality while highlighting their differences are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the roles of health care practitioners and health care facilities in providing health care equity.
Prerequisites: None

DNP 931/EDD 931 Health Care Organizational Systems

Two semester hours, 45 clinical hours
This course will review healthcare delivery/educational systems in the United States.  This course will focus on the effects of the U.S. healthcare system on the structure, culture and behavior of healthcare delivery and educational organizations. This course addresses organizational behavior, conflict resolution, and change management.
Prerequisites: None

DNP 921/EDD 921 Doctoral Seminar II

Two semester hours
This course, focusing on scientific inquiry, emphasizes the formulation and the writing of a dissertation/proposal and the process for IRB. Methodology and content for each of the proposed chapters are defined.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 935, DNP/EDD 920, DNP/EDD 915, DNP/EDD 930

Portfolio Assessment of Core Competencies

(EdD/DNP)  Note: The Portfolio Assessment of Core Competencies is not a credit course. The portfolio will be reviewed and approved by the doctoral student’s Committee. However, it must be completed with passing mark before enrolling in Doctoral Seminar III.
The purpose of the Portfolio Assessment of Core Competencies is to provide evidence of growth and development as a result of knowledge gained through core coursework and to provide an opportunity for self-assessment as a reflective practitioner. A portfolio approach will be used to assess student mastery of core learning outcomes. The portfolio presentation will reflect synthesis of knowledge gained through the core coursework.  This reflection will provide evidence of change/growth in personal and professional goals/objectives identified at the time of admission.

DNP 922/EDD 922 Doctoral Seminar III

Two semester hours
This course focuses on the data collection, data analysis and formulation of dissertation outcome chapter(s) following IRB approval. A thorough discussion of the review of literature refuting or supporting the dissertation results is highlighted. Completion of the Portfolio Assessment of Core Competencies is part of this course.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Portfolio Assessment, DNP/EDD 920, DNP/EDD 921

DNP 923/EDD 923 Doctoral Seminar IV

One semester hour
This course focuses on the completion of the dissertation. Content, format issues and recommendations for further research are discussed. Dissemination of the dissertation outcome and possible outlets for publication are covered.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 920, DNP/EDD 921, DNP/EDD 922

DNP 942 Designing Theory for Advanced Nursing Practice

Three semester hours
This course in advanced research provides students with knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing and designing research at the doctorate-level. Students explore the application of research to the practice setting. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs and methods are analyzed. Ethical and social change implications of conducting research, producing knowledge and engaging in scholarship are emphasized. Students will synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills of applied research.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920

DNP 947 Health Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship

Three semester hours, 45 clinical hours
This course will enable learners to apply the tools of economics, finance and strategy to address challenges faced by health care providers. Strategies for payers, manufacturers and providers will be examined. Topics will include role of economics, cost effectiveness, market analysis and financial projecting. Case studies and current events will be integrated throughout to encourage discussions about health care economics and finance. The culminating project for the class will be to develop a business plan for a new health care educational program/initiative.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920

DNP 953 Grant Writing

One semester hour, Elective
This course will discuss the ideologies and techniques of effective grant writing, culminating in the creation of a competitive grant proposal.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920

DNP 954/EDD 954 Manuscript Writing

One semester hour, Elective
This course guides students through the preparation of a manuscript using a previously designed or equivalent writing project. Students will develop essential parts of the manuscript during the course and prepare it for publication.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920

DNP 944 Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Two semester hours, 45 clinical hours
This course provides an overview of the rationale for appropriate statistical techniques commonly reported in healthcare research.  Additionally, this course prepares the student to use epidemiological strategies to examine patterns of illness or injury in groups of people. Concepts of health, risk, and disease causality are also examined.  Implications for development of data-based programs for disease/injury prevention and control as well as policy implications will be discussed.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920, DNP 940, DNP 921

DNP 948 Evidence-Based Practice

Three semester hours
This course expands on the concept of evidence-based practice and its relationship to improved patient outcomes. Students gain competence through activities aimed at improving the healthcare practice and systems, outcome evaluations, translation of research into practice and outcomes, participation in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and dissemination of results.  Clinical sites may include collaboration with experts in local, state, national, and international healthcare agencies.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920, DNP 940, DNP 921, DNP/EDD 944

DNP 950 DNP Scholarly Project/Residency I

One semester hour, 75 clinical hours
This first course of three DNP Scholarly Project/residency courses taken concurrently with DNP 921 Doctoral Seminar II applies knowledge and skill to improve health care outcomes while providing students with the opportunity to participate in a residency in their area of specialization. Students gain competence analyzing organizational systems and facilitating change in health care delivery. Students will have opportunities to evaluate current practice, translate research into practice and participate in activities aimed at improving the access, efficiency and quality of health care systems. Residency activities provide the students with opportunities to participate in professional service activities to expand their area of research or clinical interest and/or develop significant scholarly pursuits. The focus is on creating change in the health care system through analysis, synthesis, critique and application of evidence-based practice to support accessible high quality, safe, efficient and effective health care. Clinical sites for the DNP residency may include collaboration with experts in community, local, state and national health care agencies. Residency activities are selected by the student under the guidance of the faculty advisor and preceptor.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 935, DNP/EDD 920, DNP/EDD 915, DNP 940, DNP/EDD 930, DNP 942, DNP 946 and/or DNP 952. May take concurrently with DNP 944 and DNP 921.

DNP 951 DNP Scholarly Project/Residency II

One semester hour, 75 clinical hours
This second course of three DNP Scholarly Project/Residency courses taken concurrently with DNP 922 Doctoral Seminar III applies knowledge and skill to improve health care outcomes while providing students with the opportunity to participate in a residency in their area of specialization. Students gain competence analyzing organizational systems and facilitating change in health care delivery. Students will have opportunities to evaluate current practice, translate research into practice and participate in activities aimed at improving the access, efficiency and quality of health care systems. Residency activities provide the students with opportunities to participate in professional service activities to expand their area of research or clinical interest and/or develop significant scholarly pursuits. The focus is on creating change in the health care system through analysis, synthesis, critique and application of evidence-based practice to support accessible high quality, safe, efficient and effective health care. Clinical sites for the DNP residency may include collaboration with experts in community, local, state and national health care agencies. Residency activities are selected by the student under the guidance of the faculty advisor and preceptor.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 935, DNP/EDD 920, DNP/EDD 915, DNP 940, DNP/EDD 930, DNP 942, DNP 946 and/or DNP 952, DNP 950 and DNP 921. May take concurrently with DNP 922 and DNP 948.

DNP 952 DNP Scholarly Project//Residency III

One semester hour, 75 clinical hours
This third course of three DNP Scholarly Project/Residency courses taken concurrently with DNP 923 Doctoral Seminar IV applies knowledge and skill to improve health care outcomes while providing students with the opportunity to participate in a residency in their area of specialization. Students gain competence analyzing organizational systems and facilitating change in health care delivery. Students will have opportunities to evaluate current practice, translate research into practice and participate in activities aimed at improving the access, efficiency and quality of health care systems. Residency activities provide the students with opportunities to participate in professional service activities to expand their area of research or clinical interest and/or develop significant scholarly pursuits.
Prerequisites: May take concurrently with NS 949 and DNP 923.

DNP 999/EDD 999 Dissertation Completion

One to eight semester hours
The course includes guided study in dissertation completion under the supervision of committee chair. Completion of an Independent Study form is required before reg­istration.
Prerequisites: Approval of committee chair, director or dean required.