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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Practice - DNP

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nursing Practice – DN1234 & DN1235

School of Nursing
Athens Campus (Main Office)
Grover Center E365
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
800-560-0144 (toll free)

Delivery Mode: Hybrid

Terms 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.

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

The Nurse Practitioner degree and certificate programs at Ohio University, including the AGACNP, FNP, and PMHNP programs, are intended to prepare students for advanced practice nursing and national certification in those areas. State Boards of Nursing set individual standards for licensure in their state. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to these programs at Ohio University contact their home state’s Board of Nursing to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for approval for those credentials. Approved RN licensure states for application can be found on the School of Nursing website.

Graduation Requirements

Students holding the MSN degree must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students holding a BSN must complete a minimum of 74 credit hours.

BSN-to-DNP Options

Students in the DNP program may choose from several track options for specialization, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Leader.

Family Nurse Practitioner Option

The Family Nurse Practitioner 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. Student in the BSN-DNP/FNP option complete the following courses:

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 a BSN-to-DNP/NP track also complete a comprehensive examination.

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