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  School of Nursing 2021-2023 Postbaccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Programs Nursing Leadership Curriculum  

Nursing Leadership Curriculum

The postbaccalaureate doctor of nursing practice (DNP) leadership program is designed for those on a leadership trajectory across all settings. This program is designed to incorporate the ongoing changes in the health care system. The Essentials of the Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, Quality and Safety in Education for Nurses (QSEN), and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) competencies are embedded in this program. Students completing this program are prepared to take the leadership certification exam offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or AONE.

Specialty courses are offered in a hybrid model. Other courses are offered in the following models: in-person, hybrid, and remote.

Curriculum: The postbaccalaureate DNP leadership program is 60 credits with a minimum of 680 precepted practicum hours. This is when the student develops, implements, evaluates, and disseminates their DNP Project. Applications are accepted in both fall and spring semesters on a rolling basis.

D.N.P. Core Courses
  • NURS 6010 - Clinical Scholarship (2)
  • NURS 6060 - Clinical Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • NURS 6930 - Information Technology for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • NURS 6040 - Determinants of Health (3)
  • NURS 6980 - Epidemiology and Population Health (3)
  • NURS 6020 - Management and Analysis of Health Data for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 6940 - Evidence Translation and Implementation Science (3)
  • NURS 6030 - D.N.P. Project Planning and Proposal Development (3)
  • NURS 6031 - D.N.P. Project Implementation (2)
  • NURS 6032 - D.N.P. Project Evaluation and Dissemination (2)
Supplemental Courses
  • CLDR 6510 - Managing Human Capital (3)
  • CLDR 6530 - Health Care Economics and Business Practices (3)
  • Elective (3)
Specialty Courses
  • CLDR 6400 - Leadership Across the Continuum Theory (3) (35 clinical hours
  • CLDR 6410 - Leadership Across the Continuum Practicum (3) (135 clinical hours)
  • CLDR 6420 - Organizational Complexity Theory (3) (35 clinical hours)
  • CLDR 6430 - Organizational Complexity Practicum (3) (135 clinical hours)
  • CLDR 6440 - Quality and Safety in Health Care Theory (3) (35 clinical hours)
  • CLDR 6450 - Quality and Safety in Health Care Practicum (3) (135 clinical hours)
  • CLDR 6460 - Creating and Sustaining Quality Organizations Theory (3) (35 clinical hours)
  • CLDR 6470 - Creating and Sustaining Quality Organizations Practicum (3) (135 clinical hours)

In addition to the successful completion of the above course requirements, all DNP students must meet all the DNP project requirements set forth by the program.

A student who does not complete their DNP project during the project-related courses will be registered for a 1-credit project continuation course in subsequent semesters until the project is complete.

The minimum number of combined clinical practicum and DNP project experience hours is 1000. Students, however, may be required to complete more than 1000 hours to meet minimum competency requirements for graduation and certification (when applicable).
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