May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) Area of Focus: Advanced Public Health Nursing

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Terminal Objectives

The DNP degree is designed to prepare graduates to function as highly developed clinicians/leaders in advanced nursing practice or systems of care. Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of complex clinical, organizational and/or educational systems with diverse populations and are able to affect changes in health care outcomes through evidence-based decision-making and system redesign.

  • Integrate science-based theories and data-based concepts to develop, critically appraise and implement practice approaches that improve health care and health care systems 
  • Apply organizational theories and systems thinking to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and safety out­comes of practice decisions and initiatives 
  • Apply effective strategies for managing the ethical dilem­mas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research 
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to monitor and improve outcomes, programs and systems of care 
  • Provide leadership in influencing policies on the financing, regulation and delivery of health care 
  • Lead interprofessional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes 
  • Function independently in an advanced nursing role to improve health outcomes in a specialty area of practice

Graduation Requirements

The DNP degree requires a minimum of 62 term hours of post-baccalaureate or 30 term hours of post-master’s study. All Doctor of Nursing Practice students must complete degree requirements within five years.


Graduate Nursing Core (Transfer From Graduate Program)

Subtotal: 6

Subtotal: 6

Population/Role Cognates

Subtotal: 36

DNP Practica and Project

Subtotal: 14

Total: 62

Minimum credits required: Successful completion of the APHN BSN to DNP track requires a minimum of 62 term hours for graduation. Upon review of an individual’s academic portfolio, additional courses or clinical hours may be required.

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