Nursing Practice (DNP)
Note: The application deadline for Fall 2014 admission has been extended to February 15, 2014. The School of Nursing reserves the right to review applications after the deadline.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is for RNs with a Baccalaureate degree in nursing who wish to expand their practice to include the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role of the Family Nurse Practitioner. The BSN to DNP track is 80 credits and nine semesters long at full-time progression (a part-time study option is not available at this time). Four semesters of clinical rotations include primary care across the lifespan. Students accumulate at least 1,000 hours of experience through clinical practicum and scholarship work.
The application deadline is January 15 of each year.
Master's prepared APNs and leaders in advanced nursing practice may apply for completion of the DNP through the post-master's option when available. This track although planned for the future is under development and is currently not available.
RNs who are graduates of post-baccalaureate entry level MSN programs who desire to expand practice to the FNP role may apply to the post-entry level MSN track when available. The post-entrly level curriculum is currently under development and is not available at this time.
The curriculum consists of didactic and clinical course work structured around the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education and when appropriate, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies. Didactic and clinical course work culminates in the completion of an evidence-based clinical capstone project during the Clinical Scholarship course sequences.
Graduates of Metropolitan State University's DNP program will be able to influence health care in many ways by:
- Translating scientific knowledge into nursing practice.
- Leading practice initiatives that influence population health care outcomes with a focus on underserved individuals, families and communities.
- Utilizing information systems technology to improve patient care and health care systems.
- Facilitating interprofessional collaboration to ensure safe and effective health care.
- Practicing holistic, evidence-based advanced nursing care with a focus on underserved individuals, families, and communities.
- Advocating for public policy to prevent illness and promote population health.
To earn the DNP degree, students must successfully complete all course requirements and any track-specific requirements. Students must also complete and present an Evidence-based Capstone Project. Curriculum requirements for each track are listed below.
- BSN to DNP
- Post MSN to DNP (curriculum not yet available)
- Post entry level MSN to DNP (curriculum not yet available)
To earn the BSN to DNP degree, the student must complete 80 credits distributed in the following areas. The specific courses that meet these requirements are listed below.
Research/Theory Core Requirements (32 credits)
- NURS 602 Ethical Dimensions for Nursing Practice (2 credits)
- NURS 603 Foundations of Integrative Care (2 credits)
- NURS 604 Research Methodology (3 credits)*
- NURS 607 Family Health Nursing (3 credits)
- NURS 609 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 credits)
- NURS 610 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3 credits)
- STAT 621 Advanced Biostatisics in Health Research (4 credits)
- NURS 646 Nursing Informatics (2 credits)
- NURS 700 Advanced Nursing Science (3 credits)
- NURS 703 Evidence-based Practice (4 credits)
- NURS 708 Epidemiology and Population Health (3 credits)
*NURS 604 prerequisite: STAT 301, STAT 321, PSYC 307, or equivalent upper division inferential or graduate-level statistics course completed within the previous five years with a grade of B or better.
Leadership Core Requirements (12 credits)
- NURS 647 Leadership in Health Care Systems (3 credits)
- HSCI 648 Designing for Quality in Health Care (3 credits)
- NURS 749 Resource Management and Finance for Health Care (3 credits)
- NURS 751 Health Policy and Advocacy (3 credits)
Clinical Core Requirements (25 credits)
- NURS 616 Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
- NURS 616L Advanced Health Assessment Lab (2 credits)
- NURS 621 Primary Care Nursing I: Foundations of FNP Practice (3 credits)
- NURS 621P FNP Foundations Practicum (2 credits)
- NURS 709 Applied Pharmacology (1 credit)
- NURS 722 Primary Care Nursing II (3 credits)
- NURS 722P Primary Care Nursing II Practicum (2 credits)
- NURS 723 Primary Care Nursing III (3 credits)
- NURS 723P Primary Care Nursing III Practicum (2 credits)
- NURS 724 Primary Care Nursing IV (3 credits)
- NURS 724P Primary Care Nursing IV Practicum (2 credits)
Capstone Scholarship: (11 credits)
- NURS 741 Pre-Scholarship (2 credits)
- NURS 750 DNP Scholarship I (3 credits)
- NURS 760 DNP Scholarship II (3 credits)
- NURS 770 DNP Scholarship III (3 credits)
Optional Elective (2-3 credits)
Total BSN to DNP Track Requirements: 80 credits
The BSN to DNP Track Progression may be viewed or downloaded here.
Entry into the DNP program occurs in one of three ways depending upon your level of nursing preparation.
- The BSN to DNP option is for nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Award upon successful completion is the DNP degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner.
- The Post-Master's option under development is for individuals already holding a master's degree in a nursing specialty. Award upon successful completion is the DNP degree.
- The Post-Entry Level Master's option under development is for nurses who have earned an entry-level master's degree in nursing. Award upon successful completion is the DNP degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner.
Transcripts must indicate completion of a BS or BA in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university, also accredited by either the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students in their last semester of their baccalaureate program in nursing may apply for conditional admission.
Transcripts of applicants with a graduate degree in nursing must also indicate completion of an MS in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university, also accredited by either the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Post-master's applicants must hold national certification, if required for practice as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife. Post-master's applicants must also have taken a graduate level statistics course within the last five years, completed with a grade of B or better.
Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all previous post-secondary study and degrees, including any courses completed that did not lead directly to a completed degree.
Following review of applications an interview with DNP faculty may be requested.
- Graduate Application
- Non-refundable $40 Application Fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
- Official Transcripts
- Evidence of Current Unencumbered RN License
- Goals Essay
- Three Letters of Reference
- Computer Proficiency Form
See Applying to the Program for application information, details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.
Prior to beginning the practicum experience, information must be submitted to the Department of Nursing which may include, but is not limited to:
- Acceptance of Compliance with Agency Requirements
- Communicable Disease Immunity
- Verification of hours of RN work experience (1,000 hours)
- Current CPR certification
- Minnesota Department of Human Services Background Study Form
- MSN Authorization for Release of Student Background Study Information
- Nursing Student Release Form
- Evidence of an unencumbered RN license with current registration to practice in Minnesota and the state(s) in which practicum will be conducted
- Student liability coverage
- Evidence of current health insurance
- Evidence of completion of HIPAA training
Requirements must be valid for the duration of practicum experiences.
A maximum of eight credits may be transferred into a plan of study. Per MnSCU regulations, a maximum of four doctoral level credits may be transferred into a plan of study. Doctoral transfer credits must have prior approval, and be taken following admission to the DNP program.
Evaluation of Credentials of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
Graduates of foreign nursing schools who apply to the nursing program are required to have transcripts evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. The evaluation report will serve as the basis for the transcript evaluation needed for admission to the university and the nursing program.
- All courses must be completed in sequence.
- Students must achieve a minimum of a B in each course in order to progress.
- Degree requirements must be completed within six years of beginning DNP coursework.
The DNP program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Initial accreditation of the DNP program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is being sought in our current renewal cycle in 2013.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
All faculty members at the doctoral level are:
- Holders of doctorates in their fields
- Authors of applied or refereed publications
- Professionally trained as advisors for applied research projects
- Experienced in their employment fields
- Nurse Practitioner faculty all practice as Advanced Practice Nurses