Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dean of Nursing & Director of Doctor in
Health Care Education & Leadership

Aubray Orduña, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N. PH
PH 402.552.6118 TF 800.647.5500
orduna@clarksoncollege.edu

Director of Graduate Nursing &
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Patricia Coyle-Rogers, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.-B.C.
PH 402.552.3310 TF 800.647.5500
coylerogers@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

Graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will have expanded knowledge and expertise required of advance practice nurses to provide leadership through collaborative and innovative decision-making in an evidence-based practice environment. Graduates will demonstrate excellence in interdisciplinary, client-centered communication, translation of research, and implementation of evidence-based change to promote quality health care outcomes. Graduates will have a working knowledge of the processes involved in the development of state, national and professional policies governing health care.

Part- and full-time study options are available.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program requirements, the graduate will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Integrate advanced communication skills/processes that lead to caring practices improving the health care delivery for systems, diverse organizational cultures and populations including clients and providers.
  2. Formulate client-centered care approaches that meet current and future needs of populations based on scientific findings in nursing, other clinical sciences and organizational, political and economic sciences.
  3. Implement change in health care delivery systems through consultative and leadership skills with intra-professional teams, consumers and other stakeholders.
  4. Create health care delivery models using evidence-based nursing science, and knowledge from law and ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organization sciences.
  5. Synthesize principles of business, finance, economics, health policy and quality improvement methodologies to develop and implement effective plans for practice-level and/or system-wide practice initiatives that will improve the quality of care delivery.
  6. Measure and improve accountability for quality health care and safety for populations and other professionals.
  7. Provide leadership in evaluating the use of information, information technology, communication networks, and client care technology.
  8. Mentor other nurses and healthcare professionals to achieve excellence in health care delivery.
  9. Influence healthcare policy and practice to achieve excellence in health care.

Prerequisites

Students entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must have a minimum of three graduate statistics credit hours and three graduate research credit hours. Students must also have a minimum of 500 clinical hours from a master’s degree.

Program requires Health and Safety – View Health and Safety Information

Admission Criteria

The following are required for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program:

  • M.S.N., M.S. or higher from an accredited institution
  • Unencumbered A.P.R.N. license
  • Current certification in area of practice
  • One year experience as an A.P.R.N.
  • Health and safety
  • GPA of 3.0 (cumulative Master’s or higher)
  • Official TOEFEL score (Minimum of 100 total score on the TOEFEL Internet-based test, minimum of 250 total score computer-based TOEFEL or minimum of 600 total score on the paper-based TOEFEL required)
  • Transcripts from graduate coursework
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Sample of formal scholarly paper (thesis, project or paper)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals
  • Essay (500 word statement of educational goals to include evidence of potential dissertation/residence project)
  • Completed application and related fees
  • Interview (face-to-face or via video conferencing)

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required courses for Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

View course descriptions

Core Requirement Courses (17 semester hours) Semester Hours
DNP 910 Applied Research 3
DNP 915 ◊ Outcomes of Health Care in a Global Society 3
DNP 920 Doctoral Seminar I 1
DNP 935 Advanced Health Care Policy, Law and Advocacy 2
DNP 930 Organizational Systems 3
DNP 921 Doctoral Seminar II 2
DNP 922 Doctoral Seminar III 2
DNP 923 Doctoral Seminar IV 1
    Total 17
Major Courses (22 semester hours) Semester Hours
DNP 940 Biostatistics 3
DNP 953
OR
DNP 954
Grant Writing
OR
Manuscript Writing
1
DNP 942 Designing Theory for Guiding Holistic Care 3
DNP 944 Epidemiology 3
DNP 946 ◊ Health Economics, Finance and
Entrepreneurship
4
DNP 948 Evidence-Based Practice I 3
DNP 949 Evidence-Based Practice II 2
DNP 950 ◊ Dissertation/Residency I 1
DNP 951 Dissertation/Residency II 1
DNP 952 Dissertation/Residency III 1
    Total 22

Curriculum plan of required courses for Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
(Full time)

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
DNP 910 Applied Research 3
DNP 935 Advanced Health Care Policy, Law and Advocacy 2
DNP 920 Doctoral Seminar I 1
    Total 6
Second Semester Semester Hours
DNP 940 Biostatistics 3
DNP 915 ◊ Outcomes of Health Care in a Global Society 3
    Total 6
Third Semester Semester Hours
DNP 942 Designing Theory for Guiding Holistic Care 3
DNP 930 Organizational Systems 3
    Total 6

Second Year

First Semester Semester Hours
DNP 946 ◊ Health Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship 4
DNP 921 Doctoral Seminar II 2
DNP 950 ◊ Dissertation/Residency I 1
    Total 5
Second Semester Semester Hours
DNP 944 Epidemiology 3
DNP 953
OR
DNP 954
Grant Writing
OR
Manuscript Writing
1
    Total 4
Third Semester Semester Hours
DNP 948 Evidence-Based Practice I 3
DNP 922 Doctoral Seminar III 2
DNP 951 Dissertation/Residency II 1
    Total 6
Fourth Semester Semester Hours
DNP 949 Evidence-Based Practice II 2
DNP 923 Doctoral Seminar IV 1
DNP 952 Dissertation/Residency III 1
    Total 4

Total Semester Hours in Program 39

Curriculum plan of required courses for Doctor of Nursing Practice Program 
(Part time)

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
DNP 910 Applied Research 3
DNP 920 Doctoral Seminar I 1
    Total 4
Second Semester Semester Hours
DNP 915 ◊ Outcomes of Health Care in a Global Society 3
    Total 3
Third Semester Semester Hours
DNP 930 Organizational Systems 3
    Total 3

Second Year

First Semester Semester Hours
DNP 935 Advanced Health Care Policy, Law and Advocacy 2
DNP 921 Doctoral Seminar II 2
    Total 4
Second Semester Semester Hours
DNP 940 Biostatistics 3
    Total 3
Third Semester Semester Hours
DNP 942 Designing Theory for Guiding Holistic Care 3
    Total 3

Third Year

First Semester Semester Hours
DNP 946 Health Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship 4
DNP 950 Dissertation/Residency I 1
    Total 5
Second Semester Semester Hours
DNP 944 Epidemiology 3
DNP 953
OR
DNP 954
Grant Writing
OR
Manuscript Writing
1
    Total 4
Third Semester Semester Hours
DNP 948 Evidence-Based Practice I 3
    Total 3

Fourth Year

First Semester Semester Hours
DNP 949 Evidence-Based Practice II 2
DNP 922 Doctoral Seminar III 2
DNP 951 Dissertation/Residency II 1
    Total 5
Second Semester Semester Hours
DNP 923 Doctoral Seminar IV 1
DNP 952 Dissertation III 1
    Total 2