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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. To complete the program in 18 months, students enroll in two 3-credit courses each term for six consecutive terms. A second option allows students to enroll in one 3-credit course each term and complete the program in 36 months. The program prepares students to lead healthcare organizations.
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.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice program at Thomas Edison State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Yes. Applicants must have either a MSN degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution and a nationally accredited school of nursing. (CCNE, CNEA or ACEN) 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.
Admission criteria for the DNP program are as follows:
The estimated 2017-2018 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 Student Financial Accounts, phone (609) 984-4099 or fax (609) 984-4066.
Office of Student Financial Accounts
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
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Yes. The application fee is $75. The application fee is waived for employees of partner institutions.
Candidates apply online to the DNP program using the University’s online application.
The DNP program requires completion of 36 doctoral level credits.
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.
A second option allows students to enroll in one 3-credit course each term. Students enrolled in the 3-credit per term option are admitted as a cohort in the January term and progress through the program with the cohort to which they were admitted. This option is designed to be completed in 36 months.
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.
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.
Yes. Applicants requesting admission to the DNP program who have previously attended another DNP program may transfer up to 9 doctoral credits into the DNP program. The courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited school of nursing (CCNE, CNEA or ACEN) within five years of the student's 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.
August 1 is the application deadline for an October start (6 credits per term/18 months) to the DNP Program.
October 15 is the application deadline for a January start (3 credits per term/36 months) to the DNP Program.
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.