Degree Title and Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice
Program Name and Number: Nursing Practice – DN1234 & DN1235
Department/Unit: School of Nursing
Delivery Mode: Hybrid
Term(s) of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Overview: The Ohio University School of Nursing promotes excellence in the profession of nursing through education, scholarship, and service. The School provides quality educational experiences, utilizes clinical partnerships and facilitates regional collaboration that will enhance the health of diverse communities.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program consists of two tracks: the BSN-to-DNP track (DN1235) and the Post-Masters-to-DNP track (DN1234). Coursework is offered in a hybrid model, with some online courses and some courses which include an on-campus intensive experience. There is a core set of courses that all students complete, with additional elective courses available to allow students to individualize the focus of their program as an advanced practice nurse or a nurse executive. Students complete a total of 1000 practice hours (post-baccalaureate) to increase their depth and breadth of knowledge in their interest area resulting in a scholarly project. Students in the Post-Masters-to-DNP may receive credit for some of their clinical hours completed in previous graduate clinical courses as determined on an individual basis.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Synthesize and apply evidence based practice guidelines in the provision of quality patient centered care and improved health outcome.
- Integrate theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines in the development of evidence-based practice guidelines and patient outcomes.
- Apply principles of communication, leadership, business and organizational systems frameworks to develop and implement new models of health care delivery or quality health practice initiatives.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of information technology, data bases, practice information systems and communication networks in the implementation and evaluation of quality health care practices.
- Advocate in a leadership role for health policies and proposal related to equity, access and quality health care focusing on regulations and delivery.
- Collaborate and lead intraprofessional teams to implement and evaluate quality health outcomes in diverse populations.
- Analyze epidemiological and environmental trends to develop clinical prevention and health promotion strategies in diverse populations and communities.
- Apply advanced clinical skills of critical thinking, planning, implementing, and evaluating in providing quality health care through specialty-focused competencies.
- Minimum semester hours required= 36
- Thesis requirement: No (DNP Project required)
- Qualifying exam: No
- Comprehensive exam: No
- Expected time to degree completion for a full time student= 6 semesters
- Minimum semester hours required = 74
- Thesis requirement: No (DNP Project required)
- Qualifying exam: Yes (if choosing the NP track option)
- Comprehensive exam: Yes (if choosing the NP track option)
Expected time to degree completion for a full-time student is 12 semesters
All DNP students complete the following courses: NRSE 7801, NRSE 7802, NRSE 7803, NRSE 7804, NRSE 7805, NRSE 7806, NRSE 7807, NRSE 7808, NRSE 8940, and NRSE 8941.
Students in the BSN-to-DNP Program may specialize in several track options.
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track option prepares students to be eligible for certification as a family nurse practitioner. A FNP provides primary care services to patients across the lifespan. Students in the BSN-to-DNP– FNP option complete the following core courses: NRSE 6021, NRSE 6210, NRSE 6230, NRSE 6220 and the following clinical courses: NRSE 6820, NRSE 6821, NRSE 6822, and NRSE 6933.
Students in the DNP Program may also choose to specialize in various certification programs available at Ohio University.
Culminating Experience: Students complete a transformational healthcare-related project with dissemination through written and oral presentation, a clinical practice-related intern/externship experience and a comprehensive portfolio.
Students in the BSN-to-DNP (NP) track also complete a comprehensive examination
Admission Requirements: In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential students must supply/document the following:
- Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook)
- FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses
- Minimum grade point average of 3.20 for unconditional admission
- Statement of professional goals
- Resume or CV
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level.
- Evidence of current unencumbered RN licensure in the states in which any clinical experiences will be conducted.
- International students must have a registered nursing (RN) license in the United States.
- Graduate (if Post-Masters-to-DNP student) or undergraduate (if BSN-to-DNP student) research methods and statistics course
- For Post-Masters-to-DNP students, documentation of clinical hours achieved in the master’s program in all prior nursing degrees, and documentation of national certification as an advanced practice registered nurse or nurse executive
- Faculty interview
Only residents of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, California, or Michigan will be eligible for admission.