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Nursing (DNP): Advanced Practice

Elevate your clinical and leadership experience with Commonwealth University's online, Nursing (DNP): Advanced Practice degree.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Concentration
Location
  • Online
Department
College
Program Contact
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Pursuing a DNP Advanced Practice program offers several valuable benefits for experienced nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice nurses, such as clinical expertise, leadership and management skills, improved patient outcomes, higher earning potential, expanded scope of practice, teaching opportunities, and personal growth.

Program Details

  • Program Focus – The Advanced Practice track is practice-oriented investigation in the clinical setting emphasizing health education, leadership, research application, and analysis of health care outcomes. 
  • Program Delivery – Coursework is 100% online. Core courses are asynchronous and clinical courses are synchronous.
  • Curriculum – Consists of 29 credits to be completed over 2 years.
  • Flexible Coursework – Curriculum is built with working nurses in mind.
  • Faculty Expertise – Program faculty are advanced practice nurses.
  • Clinical Hours – Nurse Executive track: 1000 clinical hours are required. APN track: 500 required clinical hours are required to be completed (APN students are credited 500 hours from clinical hours completed during their MSN program) that are incorporated into coursework.
  • Evidence-Based Project – Students complete an evidence-based, quality improvement project that develops with progression through the program.
  • Start Date – Applications are accepted for the Summer semester.

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Courses and Curriculum

 

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Required Courses (29 credits)

  • NURSING.600 DNP Immersion: Role Transition
  • NURSING.601 Informatics and Technology as Applied to Advance Practice Nursing
  • NURSING.602 Economics of Health Care and Health Policy
  • NURSING.603 Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice
  • NURSING.604 Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems
  • NURSING.606 Biomedical Ethics and Vulnerable Populations
  • NURSING.608 Evidence-Based Clinical Project I: Development
  • NURSING.609 Evidence-Based Clinical Project II: Implementation
  • NURSING.610 Evidence-Based Clinical Project III: Outcome Analysis and Dissemination

All required documentation must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the full summer semester:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher from an accredited MSN program.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.
  • Completion of graduate level advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology courses.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing applicant’s practice and ability for doctoral study.
  • Current resume.
  • Copy of certification/license as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license.
  • Description and total number of clinical hours/cases completed in MSN program with verification from program director.
  • Completion of Graduate Studies Admission Application and fee.
  • Q: What are the career options for students graduating with this degree?
    A: The DNP Advanced Practice program will open up new career options that may include: Health Care Executive, Nurse Manager, Nursing Faculty, Advanced Practice Nurse, Health Care Lobbyist, and Clinical Care Researcher.
  • Q: Can you complete the program on a part-time basis?
    A: Yes! Nearly all of our students are employed full-time as nurses. Our program offers flexible coursework built with working nurses in mind.
  • Q: How is the program delivered?
    A: Coursework is offered 100% online, with core courses offered asynchronously and clinical courses synchronously. Additionally, there are 500 required clinical hours that are incorporated into coursework.
  1. Synthesize and appraise current scientific evidence and theories to enhance the practice of nursing and healthcare.
  2. Create leadership roles to advance clinical practice and health care delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  3. Utilize healthcare informatics and an evidenced-based approach in clinical scholarship to critically evaluate, design, and implement healthcare delivery for diverse populations, settings, and systems. 
  4. Integrate knowledge of and evaluate current and emerging information systems and patient care technology, considering related ethical, regulatory, and legal issues, to improve care delivery and organizational systems.
  5. Develop and advocate for healthcare policy change in response to social, political, economic, and ethical issues in all healthcare arenas. 
  6. Engage in intra-professional collaboration to facilitate change, improve communication, enhance patient outcomes, improve desired health outcomes, and advance high quality, safe, patient centered care in complex healthcare delivery systems. 
  7. Translate epidemiological, bio statistical, occupational, environmental, and cultural principles into clinical prevention and population health. 
  8. Formulate advanced levels of clinical judgment and professional values as an advanced practice nurse.

 

  1. Synthesize and appraise current scientific evidence and theories to enhance the practice of nursing and healthcare. 
  2. Create leadership roles to advance clinical practice and health care delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations. 
  3. Utilize healthcare informatics and an evidenced-based approach in clinical scholarship to critically evaluate, design, and implement health care delivery for diverse populations, settings, and systems. 
  4. Integrate knowledge of and evaluate current and emerging information systems and patient care technology, considering related ethical, regulatory, and legal issues, to improve care delivery and organizational systems. 
  5. Develop and advocate for healthcare policy change in response to social, political, economic, and ethical issues in all healthcare arenas.
  6. Engage in intra-professional collaboration to facilitate change, improve communication, enhance patient outcomes, improve desired health outcomes, and advance high quality, safe, patient centered care in complex healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Translate epidemiological, bio statistical, occupational, environmental, and cultural principles into clinical prevention and population health. 
  8. Reflect on clinical experiences and how the knowledge gained influences the future role of the nurse leader.

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of coursework is available online
Core courses are asynchronous and clinical courses are synchronous.

Careers

Graduates will be prepared to assume a higher level of responsibility and leadership in nursing and healthcare, with the goal of improving the healthcare delivery system of the nation.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Health Care Executive
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Health Care Lobbyist
  • Clinical Care Researcher

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