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Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Learn to integrate the spiritual, biological, social, psychological and cultural factors that influence human responses to health and illness.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an advanced-level practice, terminal degree that focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing rather than academic research. The Breen School of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program emphasizes development of nurse leaders who use evidence-based practice for optimizing health care delivery through effective systems transformation. The curriculum for the DNP degree includes advanced practice, leadership and application of clinical research. Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.

Program Outcomes

  •  Implement the highest levels of advanced nursing care.
  •  Provide leadership in healthcare organizations for the promotion of comprehensive, holistic patient care.
  • Implement change within integrated healthcare systems.
  • Make decisions based on the integration of a strong knowledge base, personal and professional values and diverse cultural, religious, spiritual and ethical perspectives.
  • Utilize evidence-based practice, including the use of informatics, to meet the health promotion, maintenance, and restoration needs of individuals, families, groups, systems and communities.
  • Implement policy-based approaches to healthcare that advance population health.
  • Function in independent and interdependent roles as the colleagues of other health professionals in various healthcare settings.

Learn to integrate the spiritual, biological, social, psychological and cultural factors that influence human responses to health and illness.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an advanced-level practice, terminal degree that focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing rather than academic research. The Breen School of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program emphasizes development of nurse leaders who use evidence-based practice for optimizing health care delivery through effective systems transformation. The curriculum for the DNP degree includes advanced practice, leadership and application of clinical research. Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.

Program Outcomes

  •  Implement the highest levels of advanced nursing care.
  •  Provide leadership in healthcare organizations for the promotion of comprehensive, holistic patient care.
  • Implement change within integrated healthcare systems.
  • Make decisions based on the integration of a strong knowledge base, personal and professional values and diverse cultural, religious, spiritual and ethical perspectives.
  • Utilize evidence-based practice, including the use of informatics, to meet the health promotion, maintenance, and restoration needs of individuals, families, groups, systems and communities.
  • Implement policy-based approaches to healthcare that advance population health.
  • Function in independent and interdependent roles as the colleagues of other health professionals in various healthcare settings.

Through the advanced practice core, students develop the knowledge and skills to become advanced practice nurses.

Ursuline College DNP graduates:

  • Are leaders in nursing and function in both independent and interdependent roles as colleagues of other health care professionals in a variety of settings
  • Value healing interaction as central to practice by integrating the human experience of health, illness and healing
  • Make decisions and take action based on the integration of a strong knowledge base; personal and professional values; and diverse cultural, religious, spiritual and ethical perspectives
  • Are advocates for a just society including the promotion of high quality, cost-effective health care for all

The DNP is structured as a year-round program with courses completed during the fall, spring and summer terms. Students admitted to the DNP program may complete the program in as little as 24 months through the full-time option. The full-time option requires the completion of two courses per semester. The part-time option allows students to spread the curriculum across a four-year time span by completing one course per semester. DNP courses will be offered through a mix of online blended course delivery methods as well as face-to-face courses for capstone project development and evaluation.

  • NR 700 Scientific Writing for Professional Nurses
  • NR 701 Biostatistics for Outcomes Management and Evaluation
  • NR 702 Scientific & Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NR 703 Epidemiology for Population Health
  • NR 704 Analysis of Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NR 705 Methods for Conducting Evidence-Based Projects
  • NR 706 Advanced Healthcare Management & Policy
  • NR 707 Interdisciplinary Organizational Leadership
  • NR 708 Advanced Healthcare Informatics
  • NR 709 Evaluation Strategies for Quality Improvement
  • NR 800 CAPSTONE Project Identification/DNP

Residency (100-300 clinical hrs per semester for a total of 500 clinical hrs)

  • NR 801 CAPSTONE Project Proposal/DNP Residency
  • NR 802 CAPSTONE Project Implementation/DNP Residency
  • NR 803 CAPSTONE Project Dissemination/DNP Residency

Janet Baker
Connie Beal
Tina Butt
Leighanne Hustak
M. Murray Mayo, Ph.D.
Sandy Stratman
Teresa Washington
Mary Beth Zeni

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