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Doctor of Nursing Practice
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Term I
- 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.