College of Health and Human Services2014-2015
Nursing Practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice
This terminal degree is a pinnacle for nurses who have earned a master's degree and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse designation. This clinical doctorate helps students further develop their leadership and policy-making skills and provides experience in the interpretation of and practical adaptation of evidence based practice and best practices.
What Can I Do with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Practice?
If you're a nurse who has a master's degree and an APRN specialty certification, our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) offers you an opportunity to sharpen your nursing skills and enhance your leadership expertise. The DNP is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on enhancing leadership expertise in rural and underserved populations.
To receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (D.N.P.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, consisting of at least 71-76 units of graduate-level courses and one thousand hours (1,000) of clinical practice.
The full policy can be viewed here.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 66 units of graduate nursing courses
- At least 5 units of scholarly inquiry
|Minimum Units for Completion||71 - 76|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense is required.
|Research||Individualized research is required.
|Additional Fees/Program Fees||Required|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
Student Learning Outcomes
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for nurses holding a master’s degree (MS) and a national certification in an APRN specialty to obtain a terminal degree in nursing. The DNP builds on master’s education to provide expanded unique knowledge and expertise. These graduates will have a broader capability to provide high quality health care in a complex and increasingly strapped health care system. The DNP is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on enhancing leadership expertise in rural and underserved populations.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Outcomes align with Standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:
- Clinical Practice and Prevention: Synthesize concepts, including psychosocial dimensions and cultural diversity, related to clinical prevention and population health in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to address health promotion and disease prevention efforts, improve health status/access patterns, and/or address gaps in care of individuals, aggregates, or populations.
- Develop and implement practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, standards of care, and/or other scholarly products using effective communication and collaborative skills.
- Design, select, use, and evaluate programs that evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement including consumer use of health care information systems.
- Critical Reasoning:
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
- Use science-based theories and concepts to determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena, describe the actions and advanced strategies to enhance, alleviate, and ameliorate health and health care delivery phenomena as appropriate and evaluate outcomes.
- Design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and systems of care within a practice setting, health care organization, or community against national and/or international benchmarks to determine variances in practice outcomes and population trends.
- Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on belief systems and scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences.
- Demonstrate leadership ability in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy.
- Professionalism and Professional Values:
- Develop and/or evaluate effective strategies for managing the ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization, and research.
- Ensure accountability for quality of health care and patient safety for populations with whom they work.
- Guide, mentor, and support other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice
Global Engagement: Develop creative solutions for health care systems to address health equity and social justice thus reducing health disparities in rural and/or disadvantaged populations.
Diversity Education: Analyzes social and cultural components of health and wellness to create solutions that are culturally and socially relevant and acceptable.
Environmental Sustainability: Synthesize interprofessional and interdisciplinary knowledge and approaches that promote sustainable environmental health policies and conditions as well as reduce human health exposures.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- Master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program or equivalent if program is outside the U.S.
- Official letter from the degree issuing institution with the total number of completed clinical hours (admitted students only)
- Current national certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist or Clinical Nurse Specialist. Note: Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurses License obtained prior to July 1, 2004 are exempt from certification requirement
- Current Arizona Registered Nurse License (or compact state) and Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certificate (APRN) in good standing
- 3.0 GPA in all nursing coursework
- Current RN license in good standing to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multistate licensure.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
- Completed courses in the following areas: 1) Graduate Advanced Pathophysiology with a grade of B, P, or better; 2) Graduate Advanced Pharmacology with a grade of B, P, or better; 3) Graduate Advanced Physical assessment from a college or university with a grade of B, P, or better; 4) Graduate Descriptive and Inferential Statistics course from a college or university with a grade of B P, or better within the past 3 years. Another option is graduate statistics completed before enrollment in NUR 677
Take the following 71 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0:
Graduate nursing courses (66 units)
- NUR 510, NUR 520, NUR 530, NUR 540, NUR 560, NUR 650, NUR 660, NUR 661, NUR 662, NUR 663, NUR 664, NUR 665, NUR 675, NUR 677, NUR 700, NUR 701, NUR 703, NUR 705, NUR 712, NUR 714, NUR 716
- This degree is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on leadership expertise. One thousand hours (1,000) of clinical practice with a minimum of 240 hours completed at NAU is required. The summative outcome is a DNP project that demonstrates the integration and translation of evidence based practice to enhance clinical practice, which includes an oral defense.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
- Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $40 per credit hour has been approved for this program.
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