Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate that prepares advanced practice nurses to be clinical scholars and thought leaders.

The DNP program will prepare nurses with knowledge and skills to deliver the highest standard of care for individuals, families, communities and work in interdisciplinary teams in today’s complex healthcare system.

The Post Masters DNP curriculum includes 41 credit hours that can be completed in seven semesters of full-time study (two courses per semester).  Course work includes:  utilizing technology to advance the quality of care; evaluating health care policy; providing leadership and inter-professional collaboration in multiple health care settings; and evaluating systems responses to health and illness, along with knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences, humanities and economics.  Students must also complete a minimum of 1,000 supervised post Baccalaureate practice hours.  There are two tracks, the advanced practice clinical track for certified advanced practice nurse and the advanced practice administrative track for a masters prepared nurse administrator(s). 

Upon successful completion of the DNP, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations. 
  • Appraise and utilize current technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care.
  • Critique and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision-making and program development.
  • Evaluate and influence health care policy and systems.
  • Provide leadership and inter-professional collaboration in multiple health care arenas.
  • Evaluate systems responses to health and illness as a basis for the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health and functional abilities and the prevention of illness.
  • Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry.
  • Initiate changes in the healthcare system through the design and implementation of health related projects that strengthen the outcomes in the healthcare delivery system.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admissions to the post-masters DNP program:

  1. A master’s degree with a major in nursing in an advanced clinical practice or in a nursing administration/management program accredited by CCNE or NLNAC
  2. GPA of 3.3 on prior graduate level course work.
  3. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) within the last 5 years
  4. Courses in both statistics and research at the graduate level.
  5. Essay discussing professional goals and focusing on recent experience, how the DNP will enhance the applicant’s professional development, and career goals upon program completion
  6. Verification of the number of supervised clinical hours from the director of the MSN program
  7. New Jersey-registered nurse license (unencumbered)
  8. One year of work experience as registered nurse
  9. Current certifications (if you are an NP or CNS)
  10. Three letters of recommendation
  11. Current resume or Curriculum vitae
  12. In-person interview

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Program Director and Staff

Dr. Kem Louie, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, APN, CNE, FAAN 

Director, Graduate Nursing Program

 louiek@wpunj.edu or 973-720-3215

 

Dr. Brenda Marshall, EdD, MSN, APN, NE-BC, PMHNP-BC

Doctor of Nursing Practice Coordinator

marshallb@wpunj.edu  or  973-720-3491

 

Elaine M. Vuoncino

Program Assistant

vuoncinoe@wpunj.edu or 973-720-3511