Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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Frequently Asked Questions

All courses are offered online. Students will be required to come on campus for orientation. An on-campus visit between first and second year will be optional.

Applicants to the DNP program must hold a master’s of science in nursing or a closely related field.

No more than 6 graduate credits may be transferred into the DNP program from other Ph.D. in nursing or DNP programs. Courses will be evaluated by the program director and the associate dean on an individual basis for credit toward the DNP. Their decision will be final. To be considered for credit, a course must have been taken at an accredited graduate program and be the equivalent of a course offered in the DNP program. The student must have earned a grade of B or higher in the course. Students must submit the syllabus of any course for which they are seeking credit directly to the program director. Additional documentation may be required by the program director before credit may be granted. Only courses completed prior to the matriculation in the DNP program will be considered for transfer credit.
Students complete between 5-8 credits per term. The program may be completed in 6-8 terms if the student follows the current tracking. The length of the program depends on the number of practicum hours the student must complete.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) requires 1000 practice hours post baccalaureate degree. Practice experiences will be designed to help students achieve specific learning objectives related to the DNP Essentials and specialty competencies. Practice experiences are designed to help students build and assimilated knowledge based on their specialty track. Each student transcript will be evaluated individually for the practice hours completed in the MSN. You will be required to submit verification of clinical hours from your university on university letterhead.
This program is geared for the working professional nurse.
The first class will be admitted in January 2012. Students may enroll in January and August of each calendar year.
Due to the nature of the program, non-degree students will not be admitted.
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The capstone project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge. Practice hours will be used to collect and evaluate data on a specific population or problem in a practice setting. Each student must identify a practice partner who will assist the student with the requirements of the capstone project. Students may elect to complete this project at their place of employment but not during work hours.

The focus of the DNP is to prepare graduates for advanced practice or leadership positions. Students aspiring to have a career in academia should pursue the Ph.D., Ph.D. in Nursing Education or an Ed.D.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing website provides valuable resources related to the DNP.

Review all the DNP materials on the NSU nursing website under programs at

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