Post Master’s (PM) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Entry Option 1

Course Delivery

The PM-DNP program is designed for the working APRN.  Students take 1 course for nine 8 week sessions and 2 courses for one 8 week session.  The program is completed in 10 sessions.

The Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions program blends 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 in 3 day sessions. Immersion sessions are conducted 2 times during the program; at the beginning and at the middle of the program. During these immersion sessions, students may receive orientation instruction, work as teams with peers and mentors and participate in demonstrations, exercises, assessments and/or evaluations. The second strategy is practicum experience: our programs include clinical practice residencies conducted where the student lives or works. The third strategy is self-directed study: 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 PM-DNP is twice a year in August (Fall 1) and January (Spring 1).

Application Deadlines: PM-DNP

  • Priority application deadline for Fall 1, 2017 admission is May 15, 2017.
  • Final completed application deadline for Fall 1, 2017 admission is August 15, 2017.
  • Priority application deadline for the Spring 1, 2018 admission is October 30, 2017.
  • Final completed application deadline for Spring 1, 2018 admission is December 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions application available online at https://www.brandman.edu/nursing-health-professions.
  2. Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program with Advanced Practice Specialty (Nurse Practitioner [NP] or Clinical Nurse Specialist [CNS]).
  3. National certification as an APRN or CNS (or eligible to take National Certification exam), if required by their state to practice.
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted.
  5. Current and detailed resume or curriculum vita.
  6. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  7. Three letters of recommendation.
  8. Unencumbered RN license in the state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  9. Unencumbered APRN license in the state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  10. Unencumbered APRN license is not required of CNS or other APRN if license is not required by their state to practice, or if in the process of taking national certification exam in specialty.
  11. Personal interview with 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 negative Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test or blood test (within 90 days prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  3. Proof of completion of Hepatitis A and B immunization series or titer;
  4. Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) immunization or titer;
  5. Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/acellular Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the past 5 years;
  6. Proof of two doses of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or titer;
  7. Background clearance;
  8. Copy of American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR card that will not be expiring within the next 12 months and/or during clinical practicum or residency hours;
  9. Proof of current negative drug screen (within 90 days prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  10. Proof of annual Influenza immunization;
  11. 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 hours (within 90 days prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours) and
  12. 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 of Coursework

Brandman University awards a maximum of 40 semester credits as a block transfer from a regionally accredited Masters of Science Degree in Nursing program toward the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree.  Credits transferred as a block credit from the Masters of Science degree in Nursing may be transferred regardless of the year the courses for the degree were taken, which supersedes the University’s seven-year rule limitation. 

Degree Requirements for the Post Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice Entry Option 1

To be awarded the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree, students may transfer 500 clinical hours and a maximum of 40 credit hours from the MSN degree.  Students must take all 33 credit hours in residence, which includes 510 clinical residency hours for the clinical scholarly project, at Brandman University.  This program is designed to follow the guidelines and DNP essentials as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2013; 2014).  All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher.   Clinical practicum and residency courses are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis; a Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

PM-DNP Core Course
DNPU 700Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery3
DNPU 701Biostatistics for Clinical Practice *3
DNPU 702Innovations in Technology and Information Access3
DNPU 703Leading Through Innovation3
DNPU 704Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship And Practice III *3
DNPU 705Health Communication3
DNPU 706Transforming Health Care Through Outcomes Management3
DNPU 707Clinical Residency I for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (255 hours)3
DNPU 708Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **3
DNPU 709Clinical Residency II for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (255 hours)3
DNPU 710Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice3
PM-DNP Core Course Subtotal33
Transfer from Masters of Science Degree
Transfer credits40
Transfer from Masters of Science Degree Subtotal40
Total Credits73
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Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face Immersion on the Irvine campus.

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If a student does not complete his/her clinical scholarly project during the core course sessions, s/he will be enrolled in a DNPU 799 Independent Practicum for DNP CSP Completion for DNP CSP Completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Candidacy fee per session until the DNP CSP student receives a “P” in DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.