Online DNP Program - Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The nursing world is changing, and there is a definite push and plan for nurses to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP degree. As a leader in nursing education, Graceland University's School of Nursing is proud to offer the first doctoral degree at Graceland through this program. The goal of our online DNP program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles and as clinical scholars skilled in the application of theory and research, evidence-based practice, advanced clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes, and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. All faculty teaching in the online doctor of nursing practice program hold doctoral degrees (PhD or DNP) and are experienced educators.

Deciding to enroll in a DNP program can be a critical and life-changing decision. To help you make this important decision and determine if our DNP program  is right for you, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp-home.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Organizational Leadership Concentration

NURS8010 Introduction to Doctoral Study in Nursing 0 s.h.
NURS8100 Professionalism, Ethics and Issues 3 s.h. (includes field experiences; 12 practice hours)
NURS8120 Health Systems Policy and Regulation 3 s.h. (includes field experiences; 8 practice hours)
NURS8130 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
NURS8140 Epidemiology 3 s.h. (includes field experiences; 16 practice hours).
NURS8200 Evaluation of Research for Evidence Based Practice 3 s.h.
NURS8210 Project Management 3 s.h. (includes 100 supervised practice hours)
NURS8220 Healthcare Informatics 3 s.h. (includes field experiences)
NURS8260 Organizational Leadership & Collaboration 3 s.h.
NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership 1-4 s.h. (80-100 practice hours/s.h.)
NURS9700 DNP Practice Improvement Project 1 s.h. (continuous enrollment for completion of DNP Project)
NURS9710 DNP Practice Improvement Project Proposal 3 s.h. (includes 200 supervised practice hours)
NURS9711 DNP Practice Improvement Project Implementation 1 s.h. (includes 100 supervised practice hours)
NURS9712 DNP Practice Improvement Project Analysis & Dissemination 3 s.h. (includes 200 supervised practice hours)

All DNP program students must submit a verification of practice hours completed in their master's and/or post-graduate certificate program upon admission to the program. Students submitting verification of fewer than 400 post-BSN practice hours will be contacted by the Graduate Programs Office to discuss the addition of 1-4 s.h. of NURS8950 Advanced Practice Hours in Organizational Leadership to the program of study. One semester hour is equivalent to approximately 80-100 clock hours of supervised practice; an average of a minimum of four clock hours per week across a 16-week trimester. Completion of supervised practice hours is prerequisite to enrolling in semester hours for the final DNP practice improvement project.

DNP Program Goal and Outcomes

The goal of the online DNP program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles and as clinical scholars skilled in the application of theory and research, evidence-based practice, advanced clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety.

DNP Program Expected Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

  1. Use relevant information systems/technology to advance research, education and health outcomes.
  2. Synthesize, interpret and apply knowledge from nursing practice, research and theory to create, implement and evaluate practice interventions, health delivery systems and clinical teaching.
  3. Assume complex leadership roles at the organizational and systems level to improve health outcomes of individuals, families and populations.
  4. Advocate for social justice, equality and ethical policies in health care.
  5. Evaluate policy, care delivery and organizational systems for current and future health care for individuals, families and populations.

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If you are looking for an online nursing doctoral degree program, contact Graceland University today! Our campus for this program is located in Independence, Missouri, near Kansas City.

Questions? Please contact us:
800-833-0524, ext. 4717
distancelearning@graceland.edu

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Graceland University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202)887.6791.
The master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa State Board of Nursing.
The baccalaureate degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa and Missouri State Boards of Nursing.