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Doctor Of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP)

An alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, the DNP advances professional nursing roles in clinical practice (Family Nurse Practitioner), and nursing leadership (administration).  The program is designed to produce leaders who embrace health care reform and are advocates for vulnerable populations. Graduates will integrate theory and practice in areas of health policy and law, administration, business, evaluation, systems, population health, and evidence based practices.

The program ranges 75 to 84 credits (depending upon program concentration).  Students will complete clinical requirements to meet the mandated minimum 1,000 hours of specialty training that is one of the hallmarks of the DNP degree.  Students will complete a scholarly DNP project.  Full-time BSN-DNP students would complete the program in three years.

Multiple Entry Points

The program has two entry points for admission:  first, the baccalaureate in nursing to DNP and; second, a post-masters in nursing to DNP.  These different entry points allow the curriculum to be individualized for candidates based on prior education, experience and choice of specialization.  Post-masters students entering the DNP desiring to change their area of professional practice will be evaluated on an individual basis and may require additional coursework from the professional core or concentration. Students in the program utilize a combination of learning strategies, relying on web-based course work delivered in hybrid format with both in-seat and on-line sessions.

Curriculum To Meet Personal And Professional Goals

The DNP curriculum includes course work that integrates nursing, business, informatics, and healthcare administration.  Students are provided with the opportunity to develop clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery, significantly impacting health care outcomes to vulnerable populations and having the potential to transform the delivery of health care.

DNP Study Plan:  Your Pathway To Completion!

You can plan your path for completing the DNP, with the DNP Plan of Study & Curriculum Schedule.  This PDF shows the progression/sequence of courses for each concentration, as well as the semester the courses will be offered.  You can also find out more about the program with this helpful PDF-DNP flyer.

Current students can utilize the DNP Handbook to stay current with policies and other program requirements.

Note:   The program will begin admitting post-master’s degree level students for the DNP (MSN to DNP) in summer 2017.  Post-master’s degree level students entering the DNP desiring to change their area of professional practice may be considered for admission for the fall cohort.  These applicants may require additional coursework from the professional core or concentration.  

Doctor of Nursing Practice

All applicants to the D.N.P. program will be evaluated individually based on prior educational work and current employment experience. Programs of study will be designed to include additional coursework, if necessary, to meet the educational objectives of the program.

Students applying to the post-baccalaureate option must have a B.S.N. from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) accredited program.

Note: Shepherd’s D.N.P. program is currently admitting students for the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program. The program will begin admitting post-master’s degree level students for the D.N.P. (M.S.N. to D.N.P.) for starting the summer 2017 term.  Post-master’s degree level students entering the D.N.P. desiring to change their area of professional practice may be considered for admission for the current term. These applicants may require additional coursework from the professional core or concentration.

Admissions Criteria:

Submission Of Materials

Students will submit their materials through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (CAS).  Nursing CAS is a partner with AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing), and is a centralized application service for students applying to CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited programs.  Go to the Nursing CAS website (http://www.nursingcas.org) and click in the upper right-hand corner for a list of programs and click on Shepherd University.  This link also provides a direct link to the application page:  https://nursingcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Accreditation Disclosure Statement

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Shepherd University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche/ccne-accreditation).  Shepherd will host an accreditation team from CCNE on September 7-9, 2016.  Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.