Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
2018-2019 University Catalog

Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) Area of Focus: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)


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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.

Curriculum


Subtotal: 14


Subtotal: 12


DNP Practica and Project


Subtotal: 12


Total: 38


Minimum credits required: Successful completion of the PNP MSN to DNP track for APRNs requires a minimum of 38 term hours for graduation. Upon review of an individual’s academic portfolio, additional courses or clinical hours may be required.

A gap analysis will be performed, and an individualized program of study will be developed based on previous graduate education completed with evidence of the following coursework:

  • Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span/Diagnostics for the APRN
  • Pathophysiology Across the Life Span
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Transition to the APRN Role
  • Research
  • Biostatistics/Epidemiology

It is expected that previous clinical hours plus DNP Specialty Practicum and Immersion hours will be equal to or greater than 1,000 clock hours.

Evidence of current APRN certification and active practice within the past two years required.

Palliative Care Training: ELNEC Pediatric, Palliative Care Certification, or Palliative Care coursework to be completed prior to NSG 551A 

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