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Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare clinical leaders for the nursing profession who have expertise in advanced nursing specialty practice with an individual or aggregate focus. The DNP Program is consistent with the overall mission of the School of Nursing which is to prepare nursing leaders who can facilitate quality health care for our nation.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Practitioners) who are Master’s prepared can enroll in the DNP completion program in which they will gain additional knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. Core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice will provide a foundation for the DNP residency and final evidence-based translational project.

General Regulations

Residency Requirement – students must fulfill this requirement by enrolling in:
1. 12 units of on-campus doctoral coursework during a 12-month period OR
2. 6 units of on-campus doctoral coursework during each of two consecutive summer sessions.

Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer up to 6 units of post-master’s work with approval. Extension credit is not transferable.

Time Limit
S tudents are allowed a maximum of three years to complete the program.

Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program of Study for APRNs

The program of study includes a minimum of 34 units of post-Master’s coursework, 10 units of which are required for the DNP residency. A minimum GPA of 3.50 in degree courses is required.

I. Core Component (24 units)

Designed to provide core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice to further develop the advanced practice registered nurse.

DNPC 610 Philosophy of Reflective Practice (3)
DNPC 611 Methods of Translational Science (3)
DNPC 622 Pathogenesis of Complex Disease (3)
DNPC 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)
DNPC 624 Strategic Planning and Information Management (3)
DNCP 686 Perspectives in Program Evaluation (3)
ENLC 553 Financial Management in Health Care (3)
PHDN 648 Health Policy Analysis (3)

II. Clinical Residency (10 units minimum)

Designed to extend clinical and leadership skills in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice through additional clinical experience and the design, implementation, and evaluation of a final evidence-based project.

DNPC 630 DNP Residency: 10 units total (1-6 units can be taken each semester)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree for RNs

This program is designed for RNs who desire APRN preparation as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists with leadership expertise at the clinical doctorate level. Core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice will provide a foundation for the clinical coursework, DNP residency and final evidence-based translational project.

Options include NP preparation as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP/FNP), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) preparation in Adult-Gerontology. Dual preparation as a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric-Mental Health is also available.

General Regulations

Residency Requirement – students must fulfill this requirement by enrolling in:

  1. 12 units of on-campus doctoral coursework during a 12-month period OR
  2. 6 units of on-campus doctoral coursework during each of two consecutive summer sessions.

Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer up to 6 units of post-master’s work with approval. Extension credit is not transferable.

Time Limit
S tudents are allowed a maximum of three years to complete the program.

Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program of Study for APRNs

The program of study includes a minimum of 34 units of post-master’s coursework, 10 units of which are required for the DNP residency. A minimum GPA of 3.50 in degree courses is required.

A. Post BSN DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units: 78)

I. MSN Core (6 units)
MSNC 511 Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research (3)
MSNC 512 Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy & Systems (3)

II. APN Core (10 units)
APNC 520 Pathophysiology (3)
APNC 521 Physical Assessment and Diagnosis (4)
APNC 523 Pharmacology in Health Management (3)

III. Emphasis (30 units)
NPTC 602 Primary Care I (4u)
NPTC 604 Primary Care IIA (6u)
NPTC 605 Primary Care IIB (6u)
NPTC 608 Primary Care IIIA (7u)
NPTC 609 Primary Care IIIB (7u)

IV. DNP Core Component (24 units)
Designed to provide core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice to further develop the advanced practice registered nurse.

DNPC 610 Philosophy of Reflective Practice (3)
DNPC 611 Methods of Translational Science (3)
DNPC 622 Pathogenesis of Complex Disease (3)
DNPC 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)
DNPC 624 Strategic Planning and Information Management (3)
DNPC 686 Perspectives in Program Evaluation (3)
ENLC 553 Financial Management in Health Care (3)
PHDN 648 Health Policy Analysis (3)

V. Clinical Residency (8 units minimum)
Designed to extend clinical and leadership skills in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice through additional clinical experience and the design, implementation, and evaluation of a final project
DNPC 630 DNP Residency: 8 units total (1-6 units can be taken each semester)

B. Post BSN DNP with Dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units: 81)

I. MSN Core (6 units)
MSNC 511 Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research (3)
MSNC 512 Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy & Systems (3)

II. APN Core (10 units)
APNC 520 Pathophysiology (3)
APNC 521 Physical Assessment and Diagnosis (4)
APNC 523 Pharmacology in Health Management (3)

III. Emphasis (33 units)
NPTC 602 Primary Care I (4u)
NPTC 604 Primary Care IIA (6u)
NPTC 605 Primary Care IIB (6u)
NPTC 608 Primary Care IIIA (7u)
NPTC 609 Primary Care IIIB (7u)
NPTC 549 Primary Care of Children and Adolescents with Chronic Illness (3)

IV. DNP Core Component (24 units)
Designed to provide core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice to further develop the advanced practice registered nurse.

DNPC 610 Philosophy of Reflective Practice (3)
DNPC 611 Methods of Translational Science (3)
DNPC 622 Pathogenesis of Complex Disease (3)
DNPC 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)
DNPC 624 Strategic Planning and Information Management (3)
DNPC 686 Perspectives in Program Evaluation (3)
ENLC 553 Financial Management in Health Care (3)
PHDN 648 Health Policy Analysis (3)

V. Clinical Residency (8 units minimum)
Designed to extend clinical and leadership skills in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice through additional clinical experience and the design, implementation, and evaluation of a final project
DNPC 630 DNP Residency: 8 units total (1-7 units can be taken each semester)

C. Post BSN DNP with Dual Adult/Family Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units: 81)

I. MSN Core (6 units)
MSNC 511 Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research (3)
MSNC 512 Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy & Systems (3)

II. APN Core (10 units)
APNC 520 Pathophysiology (3)
APNC 521 Physical Assessment and Diagnosis (4)
APNC 523 Pharmacology in Health Management (3)

III. Emphasis (33 units)
NPTC 602 Primary Care I (4u)
NPTC 604 Primary Care IIA (6u)
NPTC 605 Primary Care IIB (6u)
NPTC 608 Primary Care IIIA (7u)
NPTC 609 Primary Care IIIB (7u)
NPTC 535 Management of Adults w/Long-Term Hlth Problems (3)

IV. DNP Core Component (24 units)
Designed to provide core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice to further develop the advanced practice registered nurse.

DNPC 610 Philosophy of Reflective Practice (3)
DNPC 611 Methods of Translational Science (3)
DNPC 622 Pathogenesis of Complex Disease (3)
DNPC 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)
DNPC 624 Strategic Planning and Information Management (3)
DNPC 686 Perspectives in Program Evaluation (3)
ENLC 553 Financial Management in Health Care (3)
PHDN 648 Health Policy Analysis (3)

V. Clinical Residency (8 units minimum)
Designed to extend clinical and leadership skills in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice through additional clinical experience and the design, implementation, and evaluation of a final project
DNPC 630 DNP Residency: 8 units total (1-6 units can be taken each semester)

D. Post BSN DNP with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units: 78)

I. MSN Core (6 units)
MSNC 511 Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research (3)
MSNC 512 Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy & Systems (3)

II. APN Core (22 units)
APNC 520 Pathophysiology (3)
APNC 521 Physical Assessment and Diagnosis (4)
APNC 523 Pharmacology in Health Management (3)
APNC 619 APRN Specialty Role (4)
APNC 624 Psychopharmacology (3)
APNC 627 Biopsychosocial Bases of Behavior for Advanced Clinicians (2)
APNC 629 Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (3)

III. Emphasis (18 units)
NPTC 654 PMHN I: Theoretical Foundations of Practice with Individuals (5)
NPTC 656 PMHN II: Theoretical Foundations of Practice with Groups (6)
NPTC 658 PMHN III: Theoretical Foundations of Practice with Families (4)
NPTC 660 PMHN IV: Advanced Clinical Practicum (3)

IV. DNP Core Component (24 units)
Designed to provide core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice to further develop the advanced practice registered nurse.
DNPC 610 Philosophy of Reflective Practice (3)
DNPC 611 Methods of Translational Science (3)
DNPC 622 Pathogenesis of Complex Disease (3)
DNPC 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)
DNPC 624 Strategic Planning and Information Management (3)
DNPC 686 Perspectives in Program Evaluation (3)
ENLC 553 Financial Management in Health Care (3)
PHDN 648 Health Policy Analysis (3)

V. Clinical Residency (8 units minimum)
Designed to extend clinical and leadership skills in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice through additional clinical experience and the design, implementation, and evaluation of a final project
DNPC 630 DNP Residency: 8 units total (1-6 units can be taken each semester)

E. Post BSN DNP with Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Preparation

(Total units: 81)

I. MSN Core (6 units)
MSNC 511 Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research (3)
MSNC 512 Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy & Systems (3)

II. APN Core (10 units)
APNC 520 Pathophysiology (3)
APNC 521 Physical Assessment and Diagnosis (4)
APNC 523 Pharmacology in Health Management (3)
APNC 619 APRN Specialty Role (4)

III. Emphasis (20 units)
ACNS 632 Adult Gero I: CNS Practice in the Individual Care Sphere (8)
ACNS 634 Adult Gero II: CNS Practice in the Nurse/Staff Sphere (7)
ACNS 636 Adult Gero III: CNS Practice in the Organizational/Systems Sphere (6)
ACNS 638 Adult Gero IV: Advanced CNS Practicum (5)

IV. DNP Core Component (24 units)
Designed to provide core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice to further develop the advanced practice registered nurse.

DNPC 610 Philosophy of Reflective Practice (3)
DNPC 611 Methods of Translational Science (3)
DNPC 622 Pathogenesis of Complex Disease (3)
DNPC 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)
DNPC 624 Strategic Planning and Information Management (3)
DNPC 686 Perspectives in Program Evaluation (3)
ENLC 553 Financial Management in Health Care (3)
PHDN 648 Health Policy Analysis (3)

V. Clinical Residency (8 units minimum)
Designed to extend clinical and leadership skills in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice through additional clinical experience and the design, implementation, and evaluation of a final project
DNPC 630 DNP Residency: 8 units total (1-6 units can be taken each semester)

PhDN COURSES

PHDN 601 Philosophy of Science in Nursing (3)

Explores epistemological and ontological foundations of science and how they influence the development of the science of nursing. Examines specific philosophical traditions such as empiricism, phenomenology, and emancipatory paradigms for their relevance to nursing. Incorporates the social and historical bases of these paradigms for nursing science

PHDN 602 Theory Development in Nursing (3)

Focuses on theory building: the nature of theory formation; critical analysis and synthesis of theoretical frameworks. Prerequisite: PHDN 601

PHDN 607 Applied Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods (3)

Examines a variety of quantitative research designs and data collection and statistical analysis procedures appropriate to each. Students interpret statistical computer output.

PHDN 608 Applications of Multivariate Statistics (3)

Statistical methods for multivariate problems in health care including regression diagnostics, probability testing, measurement theory and modeling, cluster analysis, discriminate analysis, and principal components. Computer applications included. Prerequisite: PHDN 607.

PHDN 640 Bioethical Issues in Nursing (3)

Focuses on the process of ethical inquiry and its relevance for contemporary nursing practice, education, and research. Ethical theories and frameworks are explored as the basis for professional decision-making and public policy determination and include justice, caring, consideration of the common good, and feminist points of view.

Contemporary bioethical issues are examined using case analysis and narrative approaches.

PHDN 641 Social, Historical, and Philosophical Bases of Nursing (3)

Explores the historical development of professional nursing emphasizing social, cultural, and philosophical phenomena influencing caregiving roles. Analyzes historical perspectives of contemporary health care issues and projection of future courses of action.

PHDN 648 Health Policy in Nursing (3)

Examines the process of policy formation within the health care industry from the perspectives of origin, implementation, and analysis. Focuses on the impact of health policy on the consumer and provider. Examines current legislative actions and issues and nursing involvement in the policy making process. Promotes active participation in policy formulation.

PHDN 650 Nursing Research Seminar (1)

Provides socialization to the PhD nurse scholar role, with an emphasis on scientific writing and textual reading at the PhD level.

PHDN 651 Nursing Research Seminar (1)

Provides guidance on the development of dissertation topic and utilizes writing exercises designed to explicate the research question and the significance of the study area.

PHDN 652 Nursing Research Seminar (1)

Provides support for the ongoing development of the dissertation, with an emphasis on the preparation of a critique-based literature review and methodological issues.

PHDN 653 Nursing Research Seminar (2)

Provides support for the development of an in depth, detailed plan for data collection and the final preparation of the dissertation proposal for presentation to the Dissertation Committee.

PHDN 654 Nursing Research Seminar (1)

Provides support for the actual conduct of the dissertation study, with emphasis on commonly encountered challenges to data collection and management.

PHDN 655 Nursing Research Seminar (1)

Provides support for the finalization of the dissertation, with emphasis on data analysis and the preparation of the dissertation findings for final presentation.

PHDN 661 Health and Illness Among Culturally Diverse Populations (3)

Explores a wide range of theoretical perspectives related to health and illness. Emphasizes the health and illness experiences of various ethnic, stigmatized, and disenfranchised populations. Students analyze how sociocultural factors shape health behaviors and practices among these groups, as well as research strategies for the study of health and illness among diverse aggregates.

PHDN 663 Perspectives on Global Health (3)

Analysis of a variety of theoretical perspectives related to the understanding of global health. This course provides an opportunity to examine health care concerns from a global perspective while examining issues relevant to specific countries or regions.

PHDN 670 Quantitative Designs in Research (3)

Critical analysis of scientific inquiry using advanced nonexperimental (descriptive and correlational) and experimental (quasi- and true experimental) quantitative research designs. Emphasizes application of advanced statistical analyses related to specific research designs. Prerequisites: PHDN 601, 607 or comparable courses or permission of the instructor.

PHDN 672 Psychometric Theory and Measurement (3)

Provides an overview of concepts, theories, measurement theories, and instruments. Includes critical analysis of relationships between concepts, theories and measurements as well as critical examination of existing instruments based on principles of instrument construction and evaluation. Emphasis is also placed on evaluating instruments in terms of cultural bias, sensitivity and ethical issues.

PHDN 673 Introduction to Qualitative Research: Background, Processes, and Approaches (3)

This course is designed as an introduction to qualitative methodologies. It will explore some of the distinguishing characteristics, techniques/methods of data collection and analysis, ethical considerations, and diversity of methodological approaches.

PHDN 674 Advanced Psychometric Measurement (3)

Study and application of advanced measurement theory and psychometric techniques in the testing of measures creatively designed by the students. The multi-trait multi-method approach to construct validity and multi-variate techniques of factor analysis are used. Introduces the measurement model of the linear structural relations program where appropriate. Prerequisite: PHDN 672.

PHDN 676 The Practice of Qualitative Research (3)

Focuses on the craft of conducting qualitative research. Involves practicing methods of data collection and data analysis. Course content will include issues related to evaluating, communicating (oral and written), (re)presenting, and publishing qualitative research findings. Ethical dimensions of qualitative research in human research studies will be emphasized. Throughout the course the contribution of qualitative research to nursing, social and health sciences and nursing practice will be considered. (Required for students using qualitative methods in dissertation research) Prerequisite: PHDN 673 or comparable course.

PHDN 677 Advanced Quantitative Designs in Research (3)

Critical analysis, synthesis, and application of advanced quantitative research designs. Areas of emphasis include: testing the relationship between multiple independent variables and a single dependent variable, between multiple independent and multiple dependent variables; grouping variables or individuals; and analysis of linear structural relations. Prerequisite: PHDN 670 or comparable course.

PHDN 683 Knowledge Dissemination (3)

Analysis and evaluation of strategies that facilitate knowledge dissemination in academic settings in nursing. Emphasis is on synthesis of literature related to the unique learning needs of the nurse scholar.

PHDN 684 Seminar in Grant Writing (3)

Addresses all aspects of grant writing, including funding sources, proposal writing and management of funded projects.

PHDN 685 Writing for Publication (3)

Focuses on scholarly writing in professional nursing. Emphasizes manuscript development for submission for publication. Addresses multiple venues and publication formats. Emphasizes publication of research findings as well as ethical and legal issues in publications.

PHDN 687 Innovations in Nursing Education (3)

Explores theoretical foundations and educational philosophies fundamental to nursing education. Innovative teaching strategies and technological approaches to professional education are presented. Experienced faculty/students discuss challenges encountered in teaching nursing students in diversified classrooms.

PHDN 688 Palliative Care Across the Life Span (3)

An in-depth exploration of the roles of the Nurse Researcher and Advanced Practice Nurse in the palliative care setting. Theories of palliative care will be explored as a basis for praxis, the conduct of research, and public policy determination. Symptom management, patient-family communication and cultural perspectives of chronic illness are major course themes. Analysis and critique of contemporary research on palliative care is integrated throughout the course.

PHDN 689 Seminar in Health Promotion (3)

Examines theoretical and empirical explanation of health promotion on the well being of individuals, families and communities. The course encourages students to complete reviews of evidence based research and effectiveness of health promotion programs, health counseling and communication including health education principles, evaluation methods and funding opportunities. Synthesis of the literature in relation to student research interest is required to support development of a dissertation/project relevant to a health promotion concern.

PHDN 693 Residency (3)

Provides intensive experience in a selected area of career development.

PHDN 694 Special Topics in Nursing Research (1-3)

(Repeatable for credit)

PHDN 695 Dissertation (5)

Development and implementation of original research. After completion of 5 units of PHDN 695, candidates must continue to register for 1 unit each semester to maintain candidacy until the completed dissertation is submitted. Prerequisite: Doctoral Candidacy status.

PHDN 697 Seminar in Vulnerable Populations/Health Disparities Research (3)

Analyzes the state of the science concerning health-related issues and health disparities among vulnerable populations. Theoretical underpinnings, ethical considerations, research methods, instrumentation, findings and implications for further research will be explored.

PHDN 698 Issues in Health Care Work and Workers (3)

Analyzes the contemporary health care system as well as research on clinical and policy-related issues to facilitate doctoral students in conceptualizing, contextualizing and designing research studies on health care work, health care workers and patients.

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