NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

550 Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing—Doctor of Nursing Practice The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program at Nova Southeastern University is a practice-focused terminal degree designed to serve post-M.S.N. nurse practitioners, nurse informaticists, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, and nurse managers/ executives. The D.N.P. curriculum features a convenient, online format that builds on current M.S.N. programs by supporting evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking, and reflects the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2006). Students may focus on a direct care role or an aggregate/ systems/organizational role, such as informatics, nursing administration, or community health. Students remain engaged in online coursework combined with face-to-face practicum experience that culminates in the student’s D.N.P. project. Emphasizing practice that is innovative and based in evidence, the final project reflects the application of the student’s research findings. This online program attracts highly experienced faculty members with advanced preparation and extensive experience in the area of specialization. Faculty members work directly with students to achieve each student’s professional nursing goals, and each student will be assigned an adviser to further assist with individualized program guidance. Graduates of the D.N.P. program are prepared to lead and engage in practical, clinically focused scholarship and research utilization. Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) For R.N.’s with a B.S.N. degree who wish to pursue the highest clinical degree, multiple pathways are available to pursue a D.N.P. Once enrolled, students are eligible to complete components of both the M.S.N. and D.N.P. through one, streamlined track. Upon completing the entire curriculum, graduates are awarded both an M.S.N. and a D.N.P. degree. Students who wish to pursue a traditional D.N.P. role are able to complete the program totally online. Concentrations in this track include Executive Nurse Leadership, Nursing Informatics, or Nurse Education. Students who pursue the A.P.R.N. track complete the clinical courses in hybrid format and must live within 150 miles of their campus. Concentrations in this track include Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Admissions Requirements Prospective D.N.P. and B.S.N. to D.N.P. students are selected for admission based on application content, academic record, curriculumof completed required courses, professional nursing licensure, and evaluation forms. Individual student transcripts and writing samples are evaluated by select faculty members, the program director, and the assistant dean of nursing. Admissions requirements and application procedures for NSU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree program can be found at nursing.nova.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate -nursing-admissions.html. Admission to the D.N.P. program requires • a master’s degree in nursing or a related field from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school (Nursing degrees must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing [ACEN], the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE], the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation [CNEA], or The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission [NLNAC].)* • a minimum, overall, cumulative GPA, as listed below, on a 4.0 scale a. For students with less than 24 months of active, independent, nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), a GPA of 3.0 is required. b. For students with 24 months or more of active, independent nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), a GPA of 2.75 is required. Admission to the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program requires • a minimum, overall, cumulative GPA, as listed below, on a 4.0 scale a. For students with less than 24 months of active, independent, nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), a GPA of 3.0 is required. b. For students with 24 months or more of active, independent nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), a GPA of 2.75 is required. S tudents choosing the A.P.R.N. concentration in the B.S.N. to D.N.P. track must meet the A.P.R.N. admission criteria for clinical practice. Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

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