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 935/EDD 935 Advanced Health Care Policy, Law and Advocacy

Two semester hours
This course will prepare the student to design, influence and implement health care policies and laws that frame health care practice/education. The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze the policy process and engage in politically competent actions and advocacy, to include institutional, local, state, regional, federal and/or international levels. Students will demonstrate the essential competencies to assume a leadership role in the development of 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, 45 clinical 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 930/EDD 930 Organizational Systems

Three semester hours, 45 clinical hours
This course views a health care organization as a system and focuses on structures that provoke behaviors that determine events. Unique organizational cultures, structures and behaviors that impact organizational performance will be presented. The 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

Comprehensive Assessment of Core (Comps)

Note: The Comprehensive Assessment of Core (Comps) is not a credit course. However, it must be completed with passing mark before enrolling in Doctoral Seminar III.
The purpose of the Comprehensive Assessment of Core course 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 master 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.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Comps, 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 940 Biostatistics

Three semester hours
This course provides an overview of the logic and appropriate statistical techniques most commonly reported in the research of the health professions. Emphasis is placed on logic of each statistical treatment, appropriate use and assumptions of the treatment, interpretation of the results from statistical software and evaluation of published results. Students examine various statistical methods, including data analysis theory, data management and interpretation of results using standard statistical packages. Additional course topics include: probability distributions and conditional probability, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, parametric and non-parametric procedures, regression and correlation methods as well as repeated measures.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920.

DNP 942 Designing Theory for Guiding of Holistic Care

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 946 Health Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship

Four 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
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
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 Epidemiology

Three semester hours, 45 clinical hours
This course focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations. 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 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 I

Three semester hours
This course expands on the concept of evidence-based practice and its relationship to improved patient outcomes. Students gain competence through a 90 hour clinical experience in 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 health care agencies.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920, DNP 940, DNP 921, DNP/EDD 944

DNP 949 Evidence-Based Practice II

Three semester hours
This course expands on the concept of evidence-based practice and its relationship to improved patient outcomes. Students gain competence, through a 90 hour clinical experience, in activities aimed at improving the health care 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 health care agencies.
Prerequisites: DNP/EDD 910, DNP/EDD 920, DNP 921, DNP 940, DNP 944, DNP 948

DNP 950 Dissertation/Residency I

One semester hour, 45 clinical hours
This first course of three dissertation/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 Dissertation/Residency II

One semester hour, 45 clinical hours
This second course of three dissertation/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 Dissertation/Residency III

One semester hour, 45 clinical hours
This third course of three dissertation/residency coursesd 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.