Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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The 23-month full-time asynchronous online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a clinical focused program designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP is a terminal degree within the profession of nursing that prepares advanced practice registered nurses for the complex and rapidly changing healthcare environment. Roseman University’s DNP block curriculum builds on the traditional MSN education received as an advanced practice registered nurse, with a focus on evidenced-based care, quality improvement, safety, informatics, ethics, systems leadership, and access to care for populations. Graduates of this program will be prepared to be leaders within the healthcare field, assuring the delivery of safe and quality care by filling a growing need for highly skilled advanced practice registered nurses.

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  • 23-month full-time program
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  • 2 cohorts: January & July

Duration

23 months

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  • Current unencumbered RN or APRN license from one of the 50 U.S. States or Territories.
  • MSN degree or a post master’s certificate as an advanced practice nurse from an approved accredited nursing program.
  • Students are required to obtain official documentation or letter from the MSN/advanced practice program that they attended clearly denoting the total number of clinical hours completed (a minimum 500 hours is required).
  • Three letters of professional recommendation, written within the last 3 months, indicating the reviewer’s support of the student’s ability to successfully complete a demanding DNP graduate level academic program.  At least one recommendation should come from a current or recent supervisor. Areas addressed within the recommendation should include:
    • How long the individual has known the applicant and in what capacity
    • An evaluation of the applicants skills and abilities that would support their success in a DNP program
    • Applicants leadership abilities
    • Professionalism (specific behaviors/characteristics)
    • Applicants written and verbal communication skills and ability to work autonomously
    • Other key attributes that the applicant possesses that may not be evident in the application materials (i.e. a great listener, interests outside of work, a sense of humor, etc.)
    • A summary capturing the student’s overall abilities to successfully complete a DNP graduate program
  • A personal statement about one’s motivation for wanting to attend the DNP program, expectations of the DNP program, attributes possessed that will help you succeed in a fast paced learning environment, and future career goals as a DNP graduate. This statement should be in a professional presentation that includes paragraph format, 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, with 1 inch margins. There is a limit of 5 pages. This statement should provide the committee with:
    • An understanding of why you are choosing Roseman University College of Nursing DNP program
    • Your comprehension and expectations of the DNP degree
    • Plans upon completion of the DNP degree
    • How your past experiences will support you in pursuing a DNP degree. Examples of past experiences include work experience, volunteer activities, educational background, and other relevant acquired skills (i.e. fluency in languages)
  • Face-to-face interview, including a “Zoom” option

To apply to the DNP program, your application and supplemental application can be submitted via Nursing CAS. The link to the supplemental application can be found under the program materials section of the Nursing CAS application. A step-by-step guide to completing the Nursing CAS application can be found here.

Our tuition rates and fees are very competitive. There is no in-state or out-of-state tuition difference. Please review a full listing of tuition and fees by clicking the button below.

Tuition & Fees

NURS 600 – Bridge Course

This block is designed for advanced practice nursing students who did not attend Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing MSN/FNP program and will be taken simultaneously during the first seven DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) courses (NURS 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607-up to DNP project 1).  The purpose of the course is to allow the advanced practice student to develop a PICO (patient/population/problem, intervention, comparison, outcomes) question, which is related to a clinically relevant quality improvement project that embodies the essentials of advanced practice nursing.  The advanced practice student will apply principles of evidence-based practice through examination and critiquing of existing research.  The course results in the identification and future implementation of a safe, effective, and relevant evidence-based change that targets improved healthcare outcomes.  3 credits didactic 

NURS 601 – Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Role

This block explores the current and historical impact of the DNP and the advanced practice role on healthcare delivery in terms of quality, safety, ethical decision making, and innovative policy development grounded in the translation of scholarly research into practice. Leadership opportunities will be identified to provide a foundation for the implementation of the DNP project.  Additionally, discovering and understanding relevant research as it pertains to the role of the practice scholar will be included.  3 credits didactic 

NURS 602 – Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This block analyzes the determinants of health and the resultant impact on health outcomes in various populations. Emphasis will be placed on critically analyzing data and evidence for improving nursing practice and population outcomes.  This will include the integration of epidemiological concepts of screening and prevention techniques, chronic disease management, public health surveillance, investigation, and causation.  The course will examine the different analysis tools used in epidemiology versus socio-behavioral research. Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project.  3 credits didactic

NURS 603 – Emerging Science for Advanced Practice Nurses

This block prepares advance practice leaders with the skills and abilities to critique and synthesize current evidence leading to the implementation of new healthcare practice approaches at a national and global level.  The focus is on engaging leaders to discuss and design a quality improvement project within the relevant population, utilizing a holistic approach, theory-directed designs, and interdisciplinary strategies.  Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project. The student will be expected to complete approximately 40 practicum hours by the end of this course. 3 credits (2 didactic, 1 practicum)

NURS 604 – Population Health, Quality, and Clinical Effectiveness

This course examines the relationships between access, cost, quality, and safety and the resultant influence on healthcare.  This includes appraising how the organizational structure, care processes, financing, marketing, and policy decisions impact the quality of health care.  The advanced practice student examines the ethical principles that influence policy decisions and the application of technologies for improved healthcare delivery. Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project, resulting in a budget, marketing plan, identification of key stakeholders, and determination of IRB (Institutional Review Board) requirements and approvals at the identified organization separate from Roseman University of Health Sciences (RUHS).  The student will be expected to complete approximately 40 practicum hours by the end of this course. 3 credits (2 didactic, 1 practicum)

NURS 605 – Healthcare Informatics and Data-Driven Technology

This block explores healthcare and communication technologies to improve the delivery of advanced practice care.  Technologies explored will support the delivery of safe, high-quality, efficient, and equitable services, that are supported with current research and regulatory standards.  This will include the use of telehealth modalities in the delivery of care and the appraisal of various technologies for improving healthcare systems. The methodologies for quality improvement will also be explored, including the gathering, managing, analysis, and synthesis of data.  Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project. 3 credits didactic

NURS 606 – Health Disparity in the U.S. and Global Healthcare Systems

This block explores issues in health access associated with the determinants of health. Societal, environmental, political, institutional factors, and policies will be analyzed from national and global perspectives.  The content will address current trends, societal consequences, contributory causes, and ways the advanced practice nurse can address these determinants among diverse populations. Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project. 3 credits didactic

NURS 607 – Quality and Safety Improvement Across Settings

This block prepares advanced practice leaders to engage in continuous quality improvement activities across various healthcare settings.  The focus will be on healthcare quality improvement theories and ethical principles which will be incorporated into the DNP scholarly project.  Content will address the analysis of economic factors to decrease costs, healthcare disparities, and to improve access to care. Alternative settings from place of employment will be identified for advanced practice students to engage with diverse populations. Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project including daily self-reflection.  Students will compare & contrast current/various alternative settings and population needs.  The student will be expected to complete approximately 80 practicum hours by the end of this course. 4 credits didactic (2 didactic, 2 practicum)

NURS 608 – Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Seminar 1

This is the first of three blocks resulting in the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of scholarly work as it relates to the DNP project. The focus is on project planning, management, goals, measurable outcomes, and application of supporting theories for the project.  This course includes formalized discussions with the faculty advisor for the project.  The expectation is that chapters 1-3 of the scholarly project will be completed. The student will be expected to complete approximately 80 practicum hours by the end of this course. 3 credits (1 didactic, 2 practicum)

Prerequisite: All previous blocks

NURS 609 – Healthcare Organizations Management and Behaviors

This block examines the complexity and delivery of care within various healthcare settings from an advanced leadership position.  Students will explore theories and concepts of organizations, leadership, and principles of business and financial management. The focus will be on the development of initiatives to improve healthcare delivery at a practice and systems level. Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project. The advanced practice student will shadow key personnel in leadership positions to understand the day-to-day operations of a healthcare organization. The student will be expected to complete approximately 40 practicum hours by the end of this course. 3 credits (2 didactic, 1 practicum) 

NURS 610 – Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Seminar 2

This block is the second of three designed resulting in the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of scholarly work as it relates to the DNP project. The focus is on project planning, management, goals, measurable outcomes, and application of supporting theories for the project.  The course will provide information about the IRB process, submission of an IRB application, and initiation of the project after obtaining IRB approval. Included are formalized discussions with the faculty advisor for the project.  The student will be expected to complete approximately 80 practicum hours by the end of this course. 3 credits (1 didactic, 2 practicum) 

NURS 611 – Advanced Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare

This block examines leadership theories and emerging literature on management and strategic planning, as applied to the advanced practice nurse in complex healthcare systems. Themes that underpin the course include facilitating organizational change, conflict management, interprofessional collaboration, self-reflection, professional integrity, and healthcare delivery systems. The advance practice nurse will experience leadership and professional development alongside an experienced healthcare leader at a local/state level.  The advanced practice students will begin to implement their DNP project within the healthcare organization.  Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project.  The student will be expected to complete approximately 80 practicum hours by the end of this course. 4 credits didactic (2 didactic, 2 practicum) 

NURS 612 – Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics

This block explores the impact of globalization on healthcare policies, including the influence of social, legal, political, and ethical factors on policy development, access and equity.  The course will prepare advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) to analyze, influence, develop, and implement health-related policies within complex systems of care.  The APRN will experience leadership development alongside an experienced policy leader at a local or state level within a healthcare system. The advanced practice student will shadow a leader who is engaging to change healthcare policy at the local, state, or federal level. Students will apply pertinent information to the DNP project. The student will be expected to complete approximately 40 practicum hours by the end of this course. 3 credits (2 didactic, 1 practicum) 

NURS 613 – Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Seminar 3

This block is the third of three designed resulting in the implementation and evaluation of the DNP scholarly project.  This course includes formalized discussions with the faculty advisor and project team members and stakeholders. The course cumulates in the successful presentation of the scholarly project.   The student will be expected to complete approximately 40 practicum hours by the end of this course.

4 credits (3 didactic, 1 practicum) Pre-requisite:  All previous blocks. 

* Bridge course (NURS 600, 3 credits) will be required for those students who did not attend Roseman MSN/FNP program.

  • DNP students are required to seek their own facilities for practicum hours which are part of the scholarly project
  • Practicum hours can be completed anywhere in the United States

This is a writing intensive program, however there are several resources available to students to facilitate their success. This includes the Roseman University of Health Sciences library which provides many services and resources to support the DNP student in their evidence-based research and completion of their scholarly projects.

The College of Nursing Research & Learning Librarian provides library instruction and research support to all nursing students via the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), online consultations, phone, email and in person. Library resources, interactive tutorials, online guides, and instruction modules are also embedded in the Canvas LMS.

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