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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) Population/Role: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

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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.


Subtotal: 15

Subtotal: 14

Subtotal: 15

DNP Practica and Project

Subtotal: 12

Total: 56

Minimum credits required: Successful completion of the NNP MSN to DNP track requires a minimum of 56 term hours for graduation. Upon review of an individual’s academic portfolio, additional courses or clinical hours may be required.

The equivalent of Research and Biostatistics/Epidemiology must be completed prior to admission or added to the plan of study.

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