Nursing Student Handbook 2023-2024

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing (ACON) 2023–2024 141 Students who pursue the A.P.R.N. role, in route to a D.N.P., complete the clinical courses in hybrid format and must live within 150 miles of their campus. M.S.N.—A.P.R.N. concentrations include FNP, AGACNP, or PMHNP. There is a required one-time, three- to four-day summer institute at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. The D.N.P. courses, included in the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program, are totally online. D.N.P. Project The D.N.P. project is the culmination of the doctoral candidate’s engagement in the D.N.P. program and is expected to reflect the highest levels of nursing practice competencies. The D.N.P. student must demonstrate through this scholarly project • advanced clinical judgment, expertise, and specialization in a defined content area • advanced levels of systems thinking and accountability in designing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve health care quality, safety, and outcomes • leadership in the development and implementation of patient-driven, institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy in a select content/specialty area Exit Requirements for D.N.P. Program All students must meet with their adviser during the last semester of enrollment and review their Degree Works report and completion of all required courses. All students must apply for degree conferral online prior to conferral of degree. Degrees cannot be conferred if there are any financial and/or library holds remaining on the student’s account. Information related to commencement is provided on the NSU website. Ph.D. Program Description and Progression This online Ph.D. in Nursing program is a terminal degree with two distinct foci, nursing education and administrative leadership. The focus on nursing education prepares students who have master’s degrees to practice as educators and nurse scientists in academia. The administrative leadership focus prepares students who have master’s degrees to be leaders and nurse scientists in clinical practice. The program coursework is primarily online with a required annual weeklong summer institute at the NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. Attendance at the summer institute is mandatory and required until students begin their comprehensive examinations. To progress in the Ph.D. program, students must take a minimum of one course per semester and be continuously enrolled with no more than one semester taken off per year. D.N.P. to Ph.D. Program The D.N.P. to Ph.D. program is designed for nurses who have completed the D.N.P. degree through a regionally accredited school (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA), and have an interest to further their education to complete a Ph.D. in Nursing with a focus on nursing education or administrative leadership. The program begins in the winter semester. The program is six semesters (27 credits) of coursework,