The MS- DNP with a nurse practitioner specialty entry pathway is designed for nurses with an earned MS degree in nursing who wish to pursue the practice doctorate with a nurse practitioner specialty. Master's prepared nurses who are not eligible for national certification as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist may select the MS-DNP entry pathway. Nurses who wish to add to their advanced practice credentials may also select this entry pathway.
MS-DNP students seeking nurse practitioner preparation will receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced care of the selected specialty population, nursing theories and nursing research methods. Graduates of the program are prepared as providers of care at a beginning level of advanced practice within their specialty, and as scholarly clinicians who use research and research methods to improve the health care quality and patient safety for their selected specialty population. Health assessment, health promotion, health care maintenance, clinical decision making, and illness management are emphasized in the classroom and clinical practice settings. All students complete a minimum of 1,000 practice immersion hours, including extensive clinical time and a faculty mentored scholarly project (Practice Inquiry). Upon completion of the degree, graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam and then apply for licensure in the graduate's practice state.
Students admitted to the MS-DNP with a NP specialty begin the program at a 5-day scholar in residence program called RISE (Resident Intensive Summer Experience) in August just prior to the regular start of the Fall Term. Some required courses will actually begin during RISE. Students who have not taken a graduate statistics course will be required to do so during the first fall semester of the program. Full-time and part-time options are available.
Nurse practitioner students may opt for additional preparation for practice in rural areas by enrolling in rural health coursework as electives and by practicing in a rural setting when enrolling in NURS 693A Clinical Residency.
Below are sample program guides for each specialty
- MS-DNP with Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty
AGACNP students receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced nursing practice to provide care for acutely ill adults with multiple, complex problems and their families. The MS-DNP AGACNP course of study requires a minimum of 71 credits with 810 clinical hours, primarily in the hospital setting.
- MS-DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty
FNP students receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced nursing practice with families across the life span. The MS-DNP FNP course of study requires a minimum of 71 credits and 810 clinical hours in primary care.
- MS-DNP with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty
PNP students receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced nursing practice with children of all ages and their families. The MS-DNP PNP course of study requires a minimum of 72 credits and 720 clinical hours providing care for children of all ages.
- MS-DNP with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty
PMHNP students receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced psychiatric and mental health nursing practice with individuals and families across the life span. The BSN-DNP PMHNP course of study requires a minimum of 72 credits and 765 clinical hours in behavioral health settings.
Enrollment in the DNP program requires a registered nurse licensure . Admisison is conditional upon the individual obtaining and maintaining the license in active and good standing.
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