Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNPU)

DNPU 699 Independent Doctorate Special Topic

Prerequisite: Admission to graduate studies.

This course allows students to take an additional independent special doctoral-level topic credit as determined by gap analysis or degree audit. This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. Permission of Program Director or DNP CSP Chair is required. 1 credit.

DNPU 700 Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery

This course comprehensively reviews the U.S. healthcare delivery system in the following areas: history, policy, population characteristics, trends in health services access and utilization, structure, financing, organization and delivery of services, civility in healthcare services, advancing medical technology, and the changing policy environment. Students will explore current medical issues such as increased competition, major organizational restructuring and consolidation, a rapidly changing science base, and increased government regulation. 3 credits.

DNPU 701 Biostatistics for Clinical Practice

This course will provide students with the skills to evaluate the statistics reported in research and evidence-based practice that are being used to determine a course of treatment for a select population. Students will examine the principles of statistical inference and their application to the analysis and interpretation of epidemiological, psychosocial, medical, nursing, and other healthcare data. This course requires students to attend a face-to-face Immersion. 3 credits.

DNPU 702 Innovations in Technology and Information Access

This course will examine the principles of effective information and communication systems with a focus on evaluating and using emerging technologies in innovative clinical practice and health care management. The changing role of technology, its use and abuse, and the barriers to implementation will be covered. 3 credits.

DNPU 703 Leading Through Innovation

This advanced leadership course focuses on the theories and practices needed to effectively lead innovative change to transform health care in the context of evidence-based thinking. Students are given the opportunity to develop an innovation philosophy for leading organizations using evidence-based practices now and in the future. Characteristics of the intuitive leader will be discussed. The course emphasizes the role of the DNP in the creation of an organizational context for innovation. Students will explore strategies for diffusion of innovation in complex, adaptive healthcare organizations. 3 credits.

DNPU 704 Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship And Practice III

This course will examine qualitative and quantitative methods for creating and using evidence in research, quality improvement, program evaluation, risk management, and clinical practice. Students will develop the idea for the final clinical scholarly project, and review instruments for data collection. This course requires students to attend a face-to-face Immersion and there is an associated nursing fee. 3 credits.

DNPU 705 Health Communication

Students explore the history and development of health communication. The course will review theory and practice, formative research, data collection, and data analysis relating to emerging trends in the field of health communication. The course cuts across multiple levels of communication, different communication channels, and the use of diverse communication media and technologies to address far ranging issues within the field. 3 credits.

DNPU 706 Transforming Health Care Through Outcomes Management

This course focuses on the proactive management of clinical and service outcomes at all organizational levels to provide students with the ability to integrate outcomes into the routine flow of service delivery. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how measurement and data can be used to balance quality services and financial viability. Students will learn a framework that synthesizes theory and practice from the areas of continuous quality improvement, organizational learning and institutional organizing. This framework will focus on the organizational operating environment, to include input, throughput, output, and outcomes. Students’ learning will include building a framework for manipulation and analysis of service, cost, systems and outcome data. The course culminates with the creation of an outcomes measurement and management plan for the problem-focused DNP clinical scholarly project in which students address actual outcomes management problems encountered in the field. 3 credits.

DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project

Prerequisites: DNPU 701, 704 and 706.

This course is a synthesis of all previous didactic courses in the PM-DNP curriculum, and allows application of knowledge in clinical and other professional settings. This is the first of two clinical residency courses in the Post-Masters to DNP program. Students will accumulate 255 clinical hours that may be attained in a variety of settings appropriate to their advanced practice nursing specialty area and clinical scholarly project to demonstrate practice and mastery of the first four (4) AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (I-V). This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass Basis. 3 credits.

DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project

Prerequisite: DNPU 700 through 706.

This final course synthesizes the experience of implementing an evidence-based practice investigation, including data analysis, evaluation, and dissemination. Students will complete a comprehensive written report of the DNP clinical scholarly project, as well as deliver a live oral defense presentation to faculty and peers. This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. 3 credits.

DNPU 709 Clinical Residency II for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project

Prerequisites: DNPU 701, 704, 706 and 707.

This course is a synthesis of all previous didactic courses in the PM-DNP curriculum, and allows application of knowledge in clinical and other professional settings. This is the second of two clinical residency courses in the Post-Masters to DNP program. Students will accumulate 255 clinical hours that may be attained in a variety of settings appropriate to their advanced practice nursing specialty area and clinical scholarly project. Students will demonstrate practice and mastery of the last four (4) AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (V-VIII). This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. 3 credits.

DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice

Prerequisites: DNPU 701, 704 and 706.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop a tailored plan of study relevant to the student’s clinical scholarly project. This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. 3 credits.

DNPU 711 Clinical Residency for BSN-DNP and Post-Masters adding a Specialty Clinical Scholarly Project

Prerequisites: DNPU 701, 704 and 706.

This course is a synthesis of all previous didactic courses in the BSN-DNP curriculum, and allows application of knowledge in clinical and other professional settings. Students will accumulate 255 clinical hours that are attained in a variety of settings appropriate to their advanced practice nursing specialty area and clinical scholarly project to demonstrate practice and mastery of all eight (8) AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (I-VIII). This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass Basis. 3 credits.

DNPU 799 Independent Practicum for DNP CSP Completion

Prerequisite: Admission to graduate studies.

This course allows students to complete the required clinical scholarly project (CSP) hours and/or manuscript. Students are expected to maintain communication with their DNP CSP Chair and update them on the progress of the CSP. Permission of the DNP CSP Chair is required and there is a continuing DNP candidacy fee. This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. 0 credits.