The curriculum builds upon outcomes of the current master's curriculum to incorporate the essential elements not met in the master's program. Outcomes of the post-master's program are to prepare nursing leaders with the following competencies:
This program is offered in a two-year completion track.
Online courses with on-campus defense of clinical project proposal and final project.
Knowledge and skill development in the evaluation of quantitative research studies and the translation of outcomes research into practice. This course emphasizes applying current theoretical models and research to clinical practice.
Focuses on developing a literature review, beginning needs assessment, and problem statement to prepare students to design an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement doctoral project designed to effect a practice or systems change. Students work with class colleagues and the course instructor to produce an integrated literature review and problem statement based on a needs assessment in a clinical area of interest.
Analysis of both empirical research and philosophical inquiry in health care ethics with due consideration for human diversity and social context. Exploration of current ethical issues, including relevant contextual factors, within the health care disciplines broadly, and within the student's area of clinical practice and scholarship specifically. Emphasis on the socially organized practices of responsibility that influence ethical decision-making and their implications for health care delivery within the professional domains of administration, clinical care, policy and education. This course focuses primarily on the ethical problems of nursing practice. It is designed to help students increase their knowledge of the domains of ethical experience, articulate the ethical issues they experience in practice, and justify the reasons for taking one course of action over another. Readings are taken from moral philosophy, bioethics, nursing, feminist theory, and social science.
Focuses on the continuation of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to implement and evaluate a practice or systems change in a healthcare context. Students apply principles of outcomes research while refining, developing, completing, and defending the DNP clinical project proposal. Students work independently with the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor. Course includes formal project proposal defense and Human Subjects review and approval.
Focuses on implementation, evaluation, completion, and successful final defense of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to effect a clinical practice and/or systems change in a healthcare context. Students work independently under the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor to implement goals and objectives, collect and analyze data, and evaluate project outcomes. Course includes a final project defense to a committee of faculty.
Prepares students with foundational skills and competencies for practice inquiry and the critical appraisal of evidence to improve health quality, safety, and outcomes. Emphasizes the essential elements of evidence-based practice, including formatting clinical questions in advanced practice nursing roles, searching and appraising evidence, integrating evidence into practice, and evaluating outcomes.
Examines the fundamental concepts of quality improvement (QI) and the role QI has on the quality and safety of health care systems and patient outcomes. Explores methods, models, and tools used to evaluate practice variation and minimize risk of harm.
An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explores the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration.
Focuses on evaluating health programs including the activities, characteristics, and outcomes used to draw conclusions about health programs. Students develop skills in health program planning and evaluation through discussion and analysis of literature and development of a health program evaluation plan.
Integrates organizational and management theories within the context of change management processes and applies them to the delivery of nursing services in a variety of settings and systems. Analyzes the role of the advanced practice nurse at various levels of management and emphasizes the requisite core abilities of the DNP-prepared APRN. Investigates factors that affect dynamic changes in the health care system including delivery of nursing care.
Introduces key concepts to identify research methods and study designs within epidemiology. The student will explore various forms of biostatistical analysis in research.