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Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Curriculum

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The Post-MSN-DNP curriculum is offered online across 6 semesters, resulting in the terminal nursing practice degree.  The Post-MSN-DNP curriculum is offered taking two to three courses per semester.

The curriculum is a total of 37 credits hours which includes courses in biomedical ethics, biometrics, outcome management, health policy, leadership and management, among others. The curriculum also includes nine elective credits. Electives must be approved by the graduate program director. Possible elective areas are:

  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Business
  • Nursing informatics
  • Other areas that would support the DNP-prepared APRN
* Below is an example of the curriculum. Course offerings may change as decided by the program director*
Courses SubjectCourse NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours Clinical Hours
NURS 7130Health Policy Concerns in Delivery Systems3
NURS 9123Biomedical Ethics2
NURS 9125Role Transition for DNP Prepared APRN’s2
NURS 9113Biometrics3
NURS 9124Outcomes Management2
NURS 7110Scholarly Writing at the Graduate Level1
NURS9143Population Focused Collaborative Initiative390
NURS9144Leadership & Management in Practice Transformation3
NURS9931Clinical Project 13180
NURS 9932Clinical Project 23180
NURS 9933Clinical Project 33180
Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33
Total Credit Hours37
Total Applied Clinical Hours630
Completion of a minimum of 500 applied hours required for Post-MSN DNP degree completion.
Note: If you are receiving grant funds or foundation scholarships, you must be a full-time graduate student with a minimum five credit load per semester.
Summer Semester

NURS 9111 Biomedical Ethics (2)

NURS 9112 Role Transition for DNP-Prepared APRNs (2)

NURS 9115 Scholarly Writing at the Doctoral Level (1)
Total Credits(5)
Fall Semester

NURS 9113 Biometrics (3)

NURS 9114 Outcomes Management (2)
Spring Semester

NURS 7130 Health Policy Concerns in Delivery Systems (3)

NURS 9143 Pop Focused Collaborative Initiative (90 applied clinical hours) (3)

Elective 1 (3)
Summer Semester

NURS 9931 Clinical Project 1 (180 applied clinical hours) (3)

Elective 2 (3)
Total Credits(5)(9)(6)
Fall Semester

NURS 9144 Leadership and Management in Practice Transformation (3)

NURS 9932 Clinical Project 2 (180 applied clinical hours) (3)
Spring Semester

NURS 9933 Clinical Project 3 (180 applied clinical hours) (3)

Elective 3 (3)
Total Credits(6)(6)
Course PrefixCourse NumberCourse TitleShort Description
EDUF7130Learning Theories and ApplicationsExamines the principles and theories of learning that serve as the basis for educational models and practices.
EDUF8131Theories of AdolescenceThe rapidly changing world of today's adolescents and the ever-changing nature of the field of adolescence will be examined from three perspectives: theory, research and contemporary social forces.
EDUF8133Interaction and LearningExamine views of learning which emphasize the importance of interaction, authenticity and the social construction of knowledge. Students will also explore instructional practices and assessment issues consistent with these perspectives.
EDUF8134Models of MotivationCritically examines how contemporary models of motivation are utilized to improve the delivery of instruction.
EDUF8135Thinking and Problem SolvingExamines current conceptions and models of critical thinking and creative problem solving as they relate to learning and instruction.
EDUF8136Theories of Human DevelopmentExamines theories of human development, with a focus on infancy to adolescence.
Educational Research
A comprehensive overview of topics related to research as it is applied to educational settings.
Educational Statistics I
Topics covered in this course include central tendency, variability, distributions, correlation, significance testing, t-tests, linear regression and chi-square analysis. (pre req - EDUR 7130)
Applied Qualitative Research Methods
This course will provide practical experience applying qualitative research methods in a variety of settings. (pre req - EDUR 7130)
Applied Measurement
This course will provide an introduction to concepts and practices in measurement and survey research. (pre req- EDUR 7130 & 8131)
Higher Education Law
Explores basic legal precepts and their application to institutions of higher education, primarily using the case study method and discussion.
Higher Education Finance
Fiscal management and budgeting practices applicable to higher education institutions are the focus of this course.
Grant Development / Administration
Students will learn the methods and processes of project development, funding source development, and proposal writing.
Educational Planning
This course examines concepts and theories relating to various forms and approaches of planning at the school district and postsecondary educational levels.
Higher Education Policy
Examines policy-formation processes in higher education institutions.
Environmental Health
This course is a survey of specific environmental conditions and factors that contribute to the development of health problems in communities.
This course provides an introduction to many important topics in epidemiology for public health practice.
Health Policy and Management
The course provides a comprehensive introduction and overview to public health management and administration.
This course examines statistics in public health and related health sciences.

Last updated: 6/28/2021