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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Systems-Level Leadership

Dean discussing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dean discussing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online doctoral degree program with a specialty area in Systems-Level Leadership that can be completed in 18 months. The program prepares students to lead healthcare organizations.

Program Highlights:

  • All courses are offered online
  • Access to courses 24/7
  • Four terms per year
  • No physical campus visits required
  • Program can be completed in 18 months
  • Up to 9 doctoral level credits may be transferred toward the DNP
  • High-quality, affordable DNP program

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The 36-credit program focuses on the improvement of evidence-based outcomes using theoretical knowledge and systems-level initiatives to advance nurses to the highest level of nursing practice. The program prepares nurse leaders with competencies in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology.

  • Admission Requirements
    • MSN degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution and a nationally accredited school of nursing. (CCNE or CNEA) OR BSN degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing and Master's degree in a related discipline from a regionally accredited higher education institution
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the Master's program
    • Two (2) current professional letters of recommendation and recommendation forms from a healthcare supervisor or professional colleague, or from a faculty member who has taught the applicant (dated and on organizational letterhead). All recommendations must be current, typed on letterhead and hand-signed. Electronic signatures without a hand-written signature will not satisfy the School of Nursing requirements. (DNP Recommendation Form)
    • Well-written statement of background and goals – (instructions)
    • Well-written scholarly essay – (instructions)
    • Relevant professional work experience recommended
    • Current valid unencumbered registered nurse license in the United States
    • Current résumé
  • Credit Transfer
    • A maximum of 9 doctoral level credit hours may be transferred into the DNP program from another DNP program. The allowance of any credits will be based upon review of syllabi by the School of Nursing.
    • A minimum of 27 DNP level credit hours must be completed at TESU in the DNP program to earn the DNP degree from TESU.
    • Courses transferred into the DNP program must have been completed at a regionally accredited higher education institution and a nationally accredited school of nursing (CCNE or CNEA).
    • The student must have earned a grade of B or higher for a course to be accepted as a transfer course into the DNP program.
    • Courses transferred into the DNP program must have been completed within five years of enrollment in the TESU program.
  • Program Progression
    • A minimum of 1000 post baccalaureate supervised clinical hours must be completed for the DNP degree; a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours must be completed during the DNP program at TESU. Students may be required to complete more than 500 hours at TESU based on the number of hours completed in the MSN degree, Master's degree or national advanced practice certification requirements.
    • Students admitted to the DNP program progress through the DNP curriculum with the cohort to which they were admitted.
    • DNP students who earn a grade lower than B in a DNP course, withdraw from a DNP course or who fail to enroll during a term will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to remain in the DNP program.
    • The program must be completed within five years of admission into the program.
  • Courses and Timeline
    • Term I
      • NUR-800: DNP Role Development (3)
      • NUR-805: Scholarly Inquiry: A Basis for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Term II
      • NUR-902: Scholarly Immersion I – Project Identification & Mentored Practicum (3)
      • NUR-832: Organizational & Systems Leadership I (3)
    • Term III
      • NUR-810: Health, Healthcare Policy & Politics (3)
      • NUR-842: Organizational & Systems Leadership II (3)
    • Term IV
      • NUR-820: Integrating & Evaluating Population Health in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
      • NUR-815: Information Systems & Technology Impacting Healthcare Delivery (3)
    • Term V
      • NUR-912: Scholarly Immersion II – Project Management & Mentored Practicum (3)
      • NUR-825: Health Economics & Finance (3)
    • Term VI
      • NUR-922: Scholarly Immersion III – Project Completion & Mentored Practicum (3)
      • Elective (3)
    • Total Credits: 36
  • Graduation Requirements
    • DNP students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good standing at TESU to be certified for graduation.
    • All program requirements must be successfully completed, including the DNP project and all Scholarly Immersion Practicum Hours.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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When can I apply to the DNP program?

Applications may be submitted beginning January 1.

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Am I eligible to apply to the DNP program if I have a BSN and a Master’s degree in non-nursing discipline?

Yes. Applicants must have either a MSN degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution and a nationally accredited school of nursing. (CCNE or CNEA) OR BSN degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing and Master's degree in a related discipline from a regionally accredited higher education institution.

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What are the admission criteria for the DNP program?

Admission criteria for the DNP program are as follows:

  • MSN degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution and a nationally accredited school of nursing. (CCNE or CNEA) OR BSN degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing and Master's degree in a related discipline from a regionally accredited higher education institution.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the Master's program
  • Two (2) current professional letters of recommendation from a healthcare supervisor or professional colleague, or from a faculty member who has taught the applicant (dated and on organizational letterhead). All recommendations must be current, typed on letterhead and hand-signed. Electronic signatures without a hand-written signature will not satisfy the School of Nursing requirements. (DNP Recommendation Form)
  • Well-written statement of background and goals – (instructions)
  • Well-written scholarly essay - (instructions)
  • Relevant professional work experience recommended
  • Current valid unencumbered registered nurse license in the United States
  • Current Résumé

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What is the tuition?

The estimated 2016-2017 tuition for the DNP program is $740 per credit. Employees of our partner institutions are eligible for a 5 percent discount on tuition.

A $300 nonrefundable deposit will be required within two weeks of acceptance into the program in order to secure a place in the program. This deposit will be applied to the student's tuition.

Please submit payments to the Office of the Bursar, phone (609) 984-4099 or fax (609) 984-4066.
  Office of the Bursar
  Thomas Edison State University
  111 W. State Street
  Trenton, NJ 08608

If you have any questions, please email DNP@tesu.edu

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Is there an application fee?

Yes. The application fee is $75. The application fee is waived for employees of partner institutions.

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How do I apply to the DNP program?

Candidates apply online to the DNP program using the University’s online application.

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How many credits does the DNP program entail?

The DNP program requires completion of 36 graduate credits.

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How long will it take to complete the DNP program?

The DNP program is designed to be completed in 18 months (six consecutive 12-week terms). Students enroll in two 3-credit courses (6 credits) each term. Students are admitted as a cohort each October term and progress through the program with the cohort to which they were admitted.

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Is a practicum required for completion of the DNP program?

Yes. The DNP program includes three scholarly immersion courses during which students will complete an evidence-based project.  The DNP program requires completion of a minimum of 1000 supervised post baccalaureate clinical/practicum hours. A minimum of 500 hours must be completed during the DNP program at TESU. The practicum hours may be completed in the state where the student resides.

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How do I prove that I completed post baccalaureate supervised clinical hours in my MSN program?

Students admitted to the DNP program must submit written verification of the number of post baccalaureate supervised clinical hours completed during their MSN program. A form will be provided to the students on admission to the program.

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I started a DNP program at another university and would like to transfer to TESU’s DNP program. If I am accepted, will I be able to transfer the credits into TESU’s DNP program?

Yes. Applicants requesting admission to the DNP program who have previously attended another DNP program may transfer up to 9 credits into the DNP program. The courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited school of nursing (CCNE or CNEA) within five years of the students first enrollment in the DNP program at TESU. The applicant must have earned a grade of B or higher in the courses, and the courses must be equivalent to courses required for the DNP program at TESU. The School of Nursing will evaluate course syllabi to determine if courses will be accepted for transfer. Students must complete a minimum of 27 credits in the DNP program at TESU.

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I graduated from TESU’s MSN program. If accepted to the DNP program, can any courses from the MSN program be applied to the DNP program?

Students accepted to the DNP program who graduated from TESU’s MSN program may apply up to 3 credits to the DNP program. Students must have earned grades of B or higher in the courses for them to be applied to the DNP program. For more information on what MSN courses can be transferred to the program, contact us at (609) 633-6460 or dnp@tesu.edu.

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When is the deadline for application to the DNP program?

July 1 is the deadline for application to the DNP Program.

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I completed an MSN with a concentration in Nursing Education. Can the supervised practicum hours I completed during my MSN be applied to the 1000 supervised practice hours required by the DNP?

According to requirements of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), practicum hours that focused on the educational process, the academic curriculum, or on educating nursing students cannot be applied to the supervised practice hours required by the DNP program. However, supervised practicum hours that focused on direct patient care may be applied to the supervised practice hours required by the DNP.

See DNP White Paper, page 10.

http://www.aacn.nche.edu/aacn-publications/white-papers/DNP-Implementation-TF-Report-8-15.pdf

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