DNP Curriculum

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BSN to DNP Curriculum

The BSN to DNP curriculum consists of 73 credits and 1020 practicum hours. Students may enter on a full time (3 year plan) or part time (4 year plan) basis. Additional plans may be considered on an individual basis. 

Three Year Plan of Study (Full Time)

Year 1

Fall Semester
NURS 6010 Program Orientation
NURS 6113 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6123 Biostatistics for
 Advanced Practice Nursing
NURS 6263 Health Policy,
 Ethics, Economics, and
Advanced Nursing Practice
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits




Spring Semester
NURS 6213 Theory for Evidence-Based Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 6153 Advanced Research Methods
NURS 6423 Interprofessional Leadership, Collaboration and Communications
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits



Summer Semester
NURS 6133 Advanced Holistic Assessment
NURS 6432 Role Development for DNPs
NURS 6233 Evidence-Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing
ONE WEEK SUMMER RESIDENCY ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits



Year 2

Fall Semester
NURS 6243 Population Health and Health Promotion
NURS 6143 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS 6253 Health Systems- Informatics and Quality Management
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits
Spring Semester
NURS 6313 Primary Care of Families- Adult
NURS 6314 Primary Care of Families- Adult Practicum
NURS 6412 Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Communities
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits

Summer Semester
NURS 6333 Primary Care of Families- Pediatrics
NURS 6334 Primary Care of Families - Pediatric Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS; 8 Credits

Year 3

Fall Semester
NURS 6353 Primary Care of Families- Women
NURS 6354 Primary Care of Families- Women Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Spring Semester
NURS 6373 Gerontology in Primary Care
NURS 6374 Primary Care Practicum- Gerontology
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 Credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Summer Semester
NURS 6414 DNP Practicum in Family Nursing
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 Credit)
PROJECT DEFENSE ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 5 Credits


Four Year Plan of Study (Part Time)

Year 1

Fall Semester
NURS 6010 Program Orientation
NURS 6113 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6123 Biostatistics for Advanced Practice Nursing
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits

Spring Semester
NURS 6153 Advanced Research Methods
NURS 6213 Theory for Evidence-Based Advanced Nursing Practice
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits


Summer Semester
NURS 6233 Evidence-Based Practice
TOTAL CREDITS: 3 Credits





Year 2

Fall Semester
NURS 6263 Health Policy, Ethics, Economics and Advanced Practice Nursing
NURS 6243 Population Health and Health Promotion
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits


Spring Semester
NURS 6423 Interprofessional Leadership, Collaboration and Communications
NURS 6412 Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Communities
TOTAL CREDIT: 5 Credits


Summer Semester
NURS 6133 Advanced Holistic Assessment
NURS Role Development for the DNP
ONE WEEK SUMMER RESIDENCY ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 5 Credits

Year 3

Fall Semester
NURS 6143 Adv. Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS 6253 Health Systems - Informatics and Quality Management
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits


Spring Semester
NURS 6313 Primary Care of Families- Adult
NURS 6314 Primary Care of Families - Adult Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 Credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits

Summer Semester
NURS 6333 Primary Care of Families - Peds
NURS 6334 Primary Care of Families- Peds Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits


Year 4

Fall Semester
NURS 6353 Primary Care of Families: Women
NURS 6354 Primary Care of Families: Women Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Spring Semester
NURS 6373 Gerontology in Primary Care
NURS 6374 Primary Care Practicum- Gerontology
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Summer Semester
NURS 6414 DNP Practicum in Family Nursing
NURS 6500 DNP Practicum (1 credit)
PROJECT DEFENSE ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 5 Credits





Advanced Placement DNP Option for Students who have already completed a Master's Degree in Nursing with the Family Nurse Practitioner Focus

Planned total of 34 to 36 credit hours post-Master's in Nursing degree.  The transcripts of the MSN applicant will be reviewed to determine deficits that exceed the classes listed in this plan needed to fulfill the AACN DNP Essentials Criteria. Students may need to take additional DNP curriculum courses to fill any identified deficit.

Required Courses

NURS 6010 Program Orientation (0 Credits)


NURS 6243 Population Health and Health Promotion (3 credits)

NURS 6413 Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Communities (3 credits)

NURS 6423 Interprofessional Leadership, Collaboration and Communications (3 credits)

NURS 6253 Health Systems- Informatics and Quality Management (3 credits)

NURS 6263 Health Policy, Ethics and Economics and Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
NURS 6432 Role Development for the DNP (2 credits)


NURS 6233 Evidence-Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 6373 Gerontology in Primary Care (3 credits)


NURS6374 Primary Care Practicum- Gerontology (4 credits)
NURS 6414 DNP Practicum in Family Nursing (4 credits)

NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (4 to 6 credits)

For additional information please contact: 

Dr Pat Thompson, DNP Program Director

Email: prthompson@nwosu.edu