Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN DNP)

The primary focus of the post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is organizational leadership. The online curriculum is a practice-focused doctoral program to prepare nurse leaders in gaining an understanding of translating nursing knowledge to improve practice and health outcomes.  Graduates are prepared to provide expert organizational or clinical leadership in facilitating and creating learning environments where evidence-based principles are implemented. In addition, you will become experts in designing, managing, implementing and evaluating health care outcomes, to serve as practice leaders within healthcare systems.

Why Become a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

As a DNP, you will be educated to evaluate, lead, and improve the health care outcomes in your field. Earn your degree from one of the few regionally-accredited universities to offer a fully online DNP program, Eastern Kentucky University.

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Curriculum

Total Program Requirements: 36-39 Hours

*Required hours will be individually evaluated on a planned program of study for each student, depending on academic background and career goals.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Curriculum Plans

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Fall A Start Plan

 

Fall A

Fall B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer I

Summer II

Semester

1

2

3

 

NSC 942

NSC 954

NSC 940

NSC 950

NSC 905
10 weeks

Semester

4

5

6

 

NSC 900

NSC 960

NSC 990

 

NSC 992

NSC 901

 

NSC 900 Clinical
1-3 hours over 16 weeks

NSC 901 Clinical
1-2 hours over 10-12 weeks

Semester

7

 

 

 

NSC 994*

 

 

*9 Hours Required 

Fall B Start Plan

 

Fall A

Fall B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer I

Summer II

Semester

1

2

3

 

 

NSC 954

NSC 940

NSC 950

NSC 905
10 weeks

Semester

4

5

6

 

NSC 942

NSC 960

NSC 990

NSC 992

NSC 901

 

NSC 901 Clinical
1-2 hours over 10-12 weeks

Semester

7

8

 

 

NSC 900

 

NSC 994*

 

 

Clinical
1-3 hours over 16 weeks

*9 Hours Required 

Spring A Start Plan

 

Fall A

Fall B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer I

Summer II

Semester

 

1

2

 

 

 

NSC 940

NSC 950

NSC 905
10 weeks

Semester

3

4

5

 

NSC 942

NSC 954

NSC 990

NSC 992

NSC 901

 

NSC 901 Clinical
1-2 hours over 10-12 weeks

Semester

6

7

 

 

NSC 900

NSC 960

NSC 994*

 

NSC 900 Clinical
1-3 hours over 16 weeks

*9 Hours Required 

Summer I Start Plan

 

Fall A

Fall B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer I

Summer II

Semester

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

NSC 905
10 weeks

Semester

2

3

4

 

NSC 942

NSC 954

NSC 940

NSC 950

NSC 938
(if needed)

 

Semester

5

6

7

 

NSC 900

NSC 960

NSC 990

NSC 992

NSC 901

 

NSC 900 Clinical
1-3 hours over 16 weeks

NSC 901 Clinical
1-2 hours over 10-12 weeks

Semester

8

 

 

 

NSC 994*

 

 

*9 Hours Required 

*total of 9 hours required


Course Descriptions

NSC 900 Seminar I: Role Transition

(1-3 hours) Explores issues pertinent to role transition and role assimilation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate.

NSC 901 Seminar II: Capstone Project Support

(1-2 hours) Provides an opportunity for synthesis of evidence-based theoretical concepts to incorporate into practice.

NSC 905 Analytical Methods for EBP

(3 hours) Description and analysis of quantitative data using statistical and graphical methods.

NSC 940 Theory Application for Doctor of Nursing Practice

(3 hours) Analyze the development of knowledge and the interrelationship of theory, research and practice.  Theoretical perspectives and foundations for inquiry of nursing science will be explored, emphasizing strategies for theory development, evaluation, and application. 

NSC 942 Informatics in Healthcare Delivery

(3 hours) Focuses on theoretical basis of information systems in healthcare, impact of informatics on clinical practice and administrative decision-making, and strategies to evaluate and improve use of information technology in health care.

NSC950 Public Health Policy

(3 hours) Analysis of the policy process in order to develop advanced nursing leadership skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating  health policy.

NSC 954 Organizational Leadership

(3 hours) Explores theoretical foundations of leadership with an organization systems perspective. Examine principles of organizational systems, quality improvement, dimensions of healthcare/organizations, and human resource management.

NSC 960 Healthcare Economics and Finance

(4 hours) Examines healthcare economics and business practices and their relationship on health policy and clinical practice.  Economic concepts and tools will be utilized to examine issues and solve problems/issues pertaining to healthcare and the delivery of healthcare services.

NSC 990 Analytical Methods I

(3 hours) Translate scientific nursing knowledge into complex interventions to improve rural health outcomes.

NSC 992 Analytical Methods II

(3 hours) Translate scientific multi-disciplinary knowledge into complex interventions to improve rural health outcomes in the development of a proposal to enhance evidence-based practice.

NSC 994 Capstone Project

(9 hours) Translate a body of evidence-based research in the implementation of a project to improve rural health outcomes.

NSC 995 Independent Study

(1-6 hours) May be taken under different subtopics to a cumulative maximum of six hours. Approval by faculty supervisor and department chair, prior to enrollment.

NSC 938: Special Project

(1-3 hours) May be taken under different subtopics to a cumulative maximum of three hours. Approval by faculty supervisor and department chair, prior to enrollment

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