The PhD program in nursing is designed to prepare graduates for research and active scholarship in nursing that will extend the knowledge base of nursing and improve the delivery of health care for rural and vulnerable populations. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research and develop theory related to these populations. Graduates of the program will also be able to design future practice models, direct the development of policy initiatives and effect meaningful change within healthcare delivery systems.
For students with a master’s degree in nursing the program requires 48-50 credits. A post-baccalaureate option is also available.
The DNP program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs for the future—tomorrow's practice. The DNP program will incorporate the advanced practice content and competencies currently taught in the master's program. The Doctorate in Nursing Practice focuses on providing graduates with knowledge and competence in health systems leadership, policy development, and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health care quality and increase health care access for all populations. Transforming health care delivery recognizes the critical need for clinicians to design, evaluate, and continuously improve the context within which care is delivered.
Students holding a master’s degree in nursing (post-masters) seeking the DNP as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist may apply for admission in either a fall or spring semester. Post master's DNP students complete 35-38 credits to degree. Students holding a bachelor's in nursing degree (post-baccalaureate) seeking the DNP may apply for admission in a fall or spring semester and are required to complete 77 credits to degree. The following clinical specializations are available to DNP students with a choice of functional role as Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS*):
*The CNS role is no longer available for the Family Nursing or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing DNP program options.
Master's Degree programs prepare students for specialization in any of the following functional role areas:
The program is 48 credits and can be completed in two academic years of full-time study. Part-time study is an option with program plans for three or more years of study.
To request more information, please contact the Decker School of Nursing Graduate Program. Applications may be downloaded or completed online at Graduate Admissions.
A Post-Master's Certificate Option is open to students who already hold a Master's Degree in Nursing and would like to pursue a different specialty area. The program plans vary requiring from 16-33 credits and can be completed in up to four semesters of study.
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Last Updated: 6/14/13