Doctor of Nursing Practice

The nursing world is changing and there is a definite push and plan for nurses to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as their terminal degree. As a leader in nursing education, Graceland's School of Nursing is proud to offer the first doctoral degree at Graceland University 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 translation of theory, research, clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. All faculty teaching in the program hold doctoral degrees (PhD or DNP) and are experienced educators.

Doctoral education is a critical and life-changing decision. To help you make this important decision and determine which doctoral program (PhD or DNP) is right for you, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DANStudentAssessment and complete the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Doctoral Advancement in Nursing Student Self-Assessment”.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree - Organizational Leadership

Consists of 31 semester hours (s.h.) of coursework delivered online using a 16 week trimester schedule including an online program orientation* session, 600 practice hours and field experiences in selected courses. Students admitted with documentation of fewer than 400 supervised practice hours in their Masters program must enroll in NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership to complete necessary practice hours to meet the 1000 post-BSN practice hours requirement for the DNP degree.

NURS8010 DNP Online Orientation* 0 s.h.
NURS8100 Professionalism, Ethics and Issues 3 s.h. (field experiences)
NURS8120 Health Systems Policy and Regulation 3 s.h. (field experiences)
NURS8130 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
NURS8140 Epidemiology 3 s.h.
NURS8200 Applied Transformational Research 3 s.h.
NURS8210 Project Management 3 s.h. (100 practice hours)
NURS8220 Healthcare Informatics 3 s.h. (field experiences)
NURS8260 Organizational Leadership & Collaboration 3 s.h.
NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership (variable; 64 practice hours/s.h.)
NURS9700 Scholarly Practice Project (600 practice hours) 1-7 s.h.

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All DNP 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 1-6 sh of NURS8950 Advanced Practice Hours in Organizational Leadership to the program of study. One semester hour is equivalent to approximately 64 clock hours of supervised practice; an average of a minimum of 4 clock hours/week across a 16 week trimester. Completion of supervised practice hours is pre-requisite to enrolling in semester hours for the final DNP Practice Project.

Program Goal and Outcomes

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

DNP Expected Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

  1. Use relevant emerging 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 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.