Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Entry Option 3

Course Delivery

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for the RN who desires to become an APRN. Students complete the program in 3 years: 2 years of the program as part-time study, taking 1 course per 8-week session and a third year as full-time study, taking 2 courses per 8 week session. When students are in the third year of the program, they may need to reduce work hours to accommodate completion of the clinical scholarly project (510 residency hours) and/or specialty clinical practicum (510 hours).

The Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions programs blend three instructional strategies to produce an engaged learning curriculum. The first strategy is immersion: our programs include face-to-face meetings conducted at the Irvine campus or regional locations 3-4 day sessions. Immersion sessions are conducted 3-4 times during the program: at the beginning, middle and at the end of the program.  During these immersion sessions, students may receive orientation instruction; learn advanced practice clinical skills, work as teams with peers and mentors, participate in demonstrations, exercises, assessments or evaluations, complete hands-on skills training in a simulation center using standardized patients, manikins, or three-dimensional gaming, and/ or present their work on scholarship projects to peers, faculty, and community members. The second strategy is practicum experience: our programs include supervised clinical practice residencies conducted where the student lives or works. The third is self-directed study: all courses include online lectures, discussions, social networking, demonstrations, tutorials, readings, and/or other homework.  Many courses may include additional real-time instruction via web conference, phone conference, and/or live chat sessions.

Attendance: Students may be dismissed from the program at the Dean’s discretion due to absence from required meetings.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the BSN to DNP is once a year in January (Spring I).

2018-2019 Application Deadlines: BSN-DNP 

Priority application deadline for Spring I, 2019 admission is October 30, 2018.

Final completed application deadline for Spring I, 2019 admission is December 1, 2018.

2019-2020 Application Deadlines: BSN-DNP 

Priority application deadline for Spring I, 2020 admission is October 30, 2019.

Final completed application deadline for Spring I, 2020 admission is December 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to the BSN to DNP program is granted to individuals who apply and meet the standards for admission to a graduate program.
  2. Complete a Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions application available online at https://www.brandman.edu/nursing-health-professions.
  3. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. Applicants who have a Bachelors in something else and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing, or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Masters Entry Nursing Program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, may be considered for admission.
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted.
  5. *Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Analytical Writing Score (minimum score of **4.0) from the General Test. Request that scores be sent electronically to Brandman University. See web site http://www.ets.org/gre If an applicant scores a 3.0 to 3.9 on GRE Analytical Writing, the applicant may retake the test to achieve a 4.0 OR submit two academic writing samples to the Office of Admission for review by the program director and Dean (or Dean's designee) for consideration. See web site http://www.ets.org/gre
  6. Current and detailed resume or curriculum vita.
  7. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  8. Three on-line forms (preferred) or letters recommendations.
  9. Unencumbered RN license from the state where you plan to do your clinical hours, or date for NCLEX scheduled before classes start.  NCLEX must be passed for enrollment with application for license pending.  The NCLEX must be passed by the end of the first session of enrollment to continue in the program.
  10. Personal interview with specialty Program Director.

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All requirements are due by the end of the first session unless otherwise indicated and/or required by a student’s clinical practicum or Clinical Scholarly Project (CSP) site.

  1. Proof of unencumbered RN or APRN licensure in the state where the student will be completing clinical practicum and/or CSP residency hours;
  2. Proof of a current (within one year prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours):
  •  2-step TB skin test OR
  • past 2-step TB skin test, along with a current 1 step TB OR
  • QuantiFERON Gold Blood test, which must be renewed *annually OR
  • negative chest X-ray accompanied by a signed provider checklist

        *Annual renewal will require proof of one of the following: a 1 step TB Skin test OR QuantiFERON              Gold Blood test OR chest X-Ray (if positive TB skin test) accompanied by a signed provider checklist;

  1. Proof of completion of Hepatitis A immunization series or positive titer;
  2. Proof of completion of Hepatitis B immunization series or positive titer;
  3. Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) immunization or positive titer;
  4. Proof of a 2006 or later Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) immunization with Td booster if needed (within nine years prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  5. Proof of two doses of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or positive titer;
  6. Proof of annual Influenza immunization;
  7. Background clearance through Castle Branch (up to six months prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  8. Copy of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider card (ACLS alone is not acceptable);
  9. Current negative drug screen through Castle Branch (up to six months prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  10. Professional STUDENT Liability Insurance (1 mil per occurrence/3 mil aggregate) for the time that the student is engaged in clinical practicum or CSP residency and
  11. Any additional laboratory tests, immunizations, physical exam and/or documentation required by a student’s clinical practicum or CSP residency hours site.

Catalog Year

Students admitted to the Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are admitted to the catalog year that is in effect the date when they begin the program (either Fall I, Spring I or Summer I).

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 12 semester graduate credits may be transferred per the Transfer Credit policy (see Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures). 

Degree Requirements

To be awarded the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree, students must complete 73 credit hours, which requires clinical residency of 1020 precepted clinical practicum hours.  This program is designed following the guidelines and DNP essentials as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006) and the National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2013; 2014).

All students must take the following:

  • Graduate Science Core Courses (15 credits)
  • DNP Core Essentials (24 credits)
  • Advanced Practice Core Courses (19 credits)
  • Specialty Courses (15 credits)

Students will chose one of the following specialties:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

Students graduating from this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination of their chosen specialty offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and/or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) to apply for licensure as an APRN in the state where they plan to practice.

All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher.  Clinical practicum and residency courses are graded Pass/No Pass.  A Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

Graduate Science Core
NURU 600Theoretical Foundations of Evidence-based and Advanced Practice Nursing3
NURU 601Transitions in Practice: The Advanced Practice Nurse as DNP *3
NURU 602Developmental, Cultural and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan3
DNPU 701Biostatistics for Clinical Practice *3
DNPU 704Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship And Practice III *3
Graduate Science Core Subtotal15
DNP Core Essentials
DNPU 700Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery3
DNPU 702Innovations in Technology and Information Access3
DNPU 703Leading Through Innovation3
DNPU 705Health Communication3
DNPU 706Transforming Health Care Through Outcomes Management3
DNPU 711Clinical Residency for BSN-DNP and Post-Masters adding a Specialty Clinical Scholarly Project3
DNPU 708Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **3
DNPU 710Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice3
DNP Core Essentials Subtotal24
Advanced Practice Core
NURU 603Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures3
NURU 604Clinical Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures *^4
NURU 605Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan3
NURU 606Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan3
NURU 609Genetics Across the Lifespan3
NURU 610Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EBP3
Advanced Practice Core Subtotal19
Specialty
Complete a Specialty15
Specialty Subtotal15
Total Credits73

Specialty

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Specialty

NURU 631Palliative Care and Pain Management3
NURU 632Management in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care *3
NURU 633Practicum in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (255 hours) *^^3
NURU 634Complex and Chronic Problems in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care *3
NURU 635Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (255 hours) *^^3
Total Credits15

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Specialty

NURU 641Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3
NURU 642Management in Lifespan Psychiatric and Mental Health Care *3
NURU 643Practicum in Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities (255 hours) *^^3
NURU 644Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care *3
NURU 645Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care (255 hours) *^^3
Total Credits15

Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty

NURU 671Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice3
NURU 672Management of Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care *3
NURU 673Practicum in Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care *^^3
NURU 674Management of Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care *3
NURU 675Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care *^^3
Total Credits15