Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Offered: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Campus Location

Main Campus

Application Deadline:

June 1

Program Description:

The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate that will prepare advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders to be scholars recognized for outstanding patient care outcomes in leadership in nursing practice and/or health care organizations. The DNP is the highest-level clinical degree in nursing. The program meets AACN (2006) The Essentials for Doctoral Education in Advanced Nursing Practice http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPEssentials.pdf

There are two pathways to enter the DNP program: (1)The BSN to DNP program which is an 81-credit program, and (2) the post master's DNP program consists of 41 credits offered through a blend of online and face-to-face courses held on Saturdays. Currently, only the post-master's DNP curriculum (full-time and part-time) is offered. All students graduating with a DNP will be eligible to take the appropriate national certification examination. Graduates of the DNP will be prepared to practice in either health care service as clinical practitioners or nursing administrators/leaders.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Master’s degree with a major in nursing (advanced clinical practice or nursing administration/management) from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.3 (on 4.0 scale) on prior graduate-level course work.
  • Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores within the last five years or equivalent documentation.
  • Courses in both statistics and research at the graduate level.
  • Current unencumbered New Jersey registered nurse license to practice professional nursing.
  • Work experience as a registered nurse for a minimum of one year.
  • Advanced practice nurses (NP or CNS) must submit a copy of their current national advanced practice certification. Administration/management master’s prepared nurses may submit national advanced certification if obtained.
  • Verification of the number of supervised clinical hours in the MSN program.
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s academic qualifications.
  • Essay discussing professional goals focusing on recent experience, how the DNP will enhance the applicant's professional development, and career goals upon completion of the program.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • All applicants being considered for admission will be interviewed.

Program Requirements:

  • 41 credits of graduate study*
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)41 credits
NUR 7100 Applied Bio-Statistics 3
NUR 7300 Scientific Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 7320  Information Systems Management 3
NUR 7340 Health Policy 3
NUR 7360 Clinical Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 7380 Leadership and Collaboration                                     3
NUR 7400 Evidence Based and Translational Methods of Nursing Knowledge and Practice 3
Cognate 3
Cognate 3
NUR 8300 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project 2
NUR 8301 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I 1
NUR 8310 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I 2
NUR 8311 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II 1
NUR 8350 Doctor of Nursing Practice Practicum I 2
NUR 8351 Doctor of Nursing Practice Practicum II 2
NUR 8360 Doctor of Nursing Practice Practicum III 2
NUR 8361 Doctor of Nursing Practice Practicum IV 2
*Documented 1000 post-BSN supervised practice hours