Director of Graduate Nursing
Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D., MSN, CNE
PH 402.552.2776  TF 800.647.5500
himmelberg@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.

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the DNP degree, graduates will demonstrate the ability to: 

  • Integrate nursing science and theories to improve health care delivery systems, describe the actions and strategies to improve those health care systems, and evaluate patient outcomes in preparation for evolving nursing practice realities. (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Implement and evaluate health care delivery based on scientific findings that ensure quality and safety and consider ethical dilemmas, by using advanced communication processes, business and financial principles, and sensitivity to diverse populations. (Diversity, Communication)**
  • Translate research into practice using evidence-based methods by disseminating findings, collaborating between disciplines, designing processes and evaluating quality improvement methodologies to address the complex needs of humankind. (Professionalism, Communication, and Critical Thinking)**
  • Design information systems to guide clinical decision making, evaluate programs and improve health care outcomes while considering ethical and legal issues related to the use of information. (Technology, Communication)**
  • Demonstrate leadership through the development, implementation and analysis of health policy at the micro and macrosystems of health care by engaging policy makers and advocating for social justice and the nursing profession. (Professionalism, Diversity)**
  • Lead interprofessional teams through effective communication, leadership and collaboration to create practice improvement innovations in complex health care delivery systems. (Communication, Professionalism)**
  • Analyze health care delivery models using scientific data to develop, implement and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention strategies to address gaps in care for population health. (Diversity, Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability by designing and implementing evidenced-based care for specialty nursing practice via interprofessional collaboration, excellence in nursing, and therapeutic relationships with patients and other professionals. (Critical Thinking, Communication, Professionalism)**

Council on Accreditation (COA) Graduate Standards

Upon completion of the DNP degree, graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support patient safety through vigilance and protection from complications. (Critical thinking, Technology)**
  • Demonstrate competence in the perianesthesia management of patients by delivering individualized, culturally competent care across the life span. (Diversity, Technology)**
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, responsibility and accountability by applying evidenced-based concepts to decision making and problem solving when assessing, diagnosing, managing and evaluating perianesthesia care. (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills promoting the effective exchange of information and collaboration while respecting patient privacy and maintaining confidentiality. (Communication, Technology)**
  • Develop a leadership style integrating critical thinking and facilitating professional collaboration.(Professionalism, Critical Thinking)**
  • Demonstrate professionalism, including a commitment to academic and personal integrity.(Professionalism)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to the Clarkson College student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity and Professionalism

Program requires Health and Safety – View Health and Safety Information

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Enrollment and Advising office, College website or Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Required Courses for Doctor of Nursing Practice: BSN to DNP Option

Core Requirement Courses
Courses Semester Hours
◊ DNP 915 - Outcomes of Healthcare in a Global Society 3
DNP 916 - Healthcare Informatics and Data Analytics 3
DNP 918 - Organizational Systems and Behaviors 2
DNP 919 - Healthcare Policy and Law 3
DNP 932 - Leadership 3
DNP 944 - Biostatistics/Epidemiology 2
DNP 945 - Healthcare Economics and Financial Management 3
DNP 948 - Evidence-Based Practice 3
DNP 960 - DNP Scholarly Project I 2
DNP 961 - DNP Scholarly Project II 2
DNP 962 - DNP Scholarly Project III 2
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 28
Required Electives

4 semester hours required

Courses Semester Hours
DNP 924 - Entrepreneurship 2
DNP 925 - Grant Writing 2
DNP 926 - Program Planning and Evaluation 2
EDD 934 - Learning Theories and Adult Education Methods 3
NS 827 - Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
DNP 963 - DNP Scholarly Project IV 3
DNP 964 - DNP Scholarly Project V 3

There are four (4) options offered for the BSN-DNP: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA).

Specialty Option Courses in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care to adult and gerontological patients in acute care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and health care, and will assume the role of educator, referral agent and advocate while providing care within an evolving health care system.

Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 861 - Introduction to Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 862 - Applying Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 863 - Complex Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 864 - Advanced Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 854 - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 39

*The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Specialty Option Courses in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care for patients in mental and/or behavioral health settings. The learner will engage in identifying key concepts and theories related to psychiatric-mental health nursing, strategies for communicating clearly with patients, and evidence-based treatment options or plans that meet the unique needs of each patient. The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner takes on the roles of educator, communicator, and advocate while providing care within an evolving health care system.

Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 855 - Pharmacology for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 2
NS 856 - Introduction to Psychiatric-Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 857 - Application of Psychiatric-Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 858 - Complex Psychiatric-Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 859 - Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 860 - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 41

*The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Specialty Option Courses in Family Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care of the individual and family in primary care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and health care, as well as recognized and evidence-based care standards to deliver family-centered care. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) assumes the role of educator, referral agent and advocate while providing care within an evolving health care system.

Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 - Primary Healthcare I 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 840 - Primary Care of Children and Adolescent 3
NS 842 - Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 - Primary Healthcare II 3
NS 852 - Family Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 39

*The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at one time.

Last updated: 06/08/2021