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Online DNP Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
You can complete your DNP program in as little as 2 years.
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 clinical leadership 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.
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.
DNP Program Goal and Outcomes
- Use relevant information systems/technology to advance research, education and health outcomes.
- Synthesize, interpret and apply knowledge from nursing practice, research and theory to create, implement and evaluate practice interventions, health delivery systems and clinical teaching.
- Assume complex leadership roles at the organizational and systems level to improve health outcomes of individuals, families and populations.
- Advocate for social justice, equality and ethical policies in health care.
- Evaluate policy, care delivery and organizational systems for current and future health care for individuals, families and populations.
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.aacnnursing.org/Nursing-Education-Programs/DNP-Education.
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)
Courses in Nursing (DNP)
NURS8010 Introduction to Doctoral Study in Nursing 0 s.h.
Focuses on preparing the SON doctoral student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)
NURS8100 Professionalism, Ethics and Issues 3 s.h.
This course provides a foundation for the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice role. The content provides a broader interdisciplinary view of historical, theoretical, and political avenues of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice. It also includes health care policy advocates and macrosystems, ethics, and professional development for DNPs today, tomorrow, and into the next generation. In addition, it helps the DNP student with framing their doctoral identity and practice. Includes 12 clock hours of field experiences counted toward the post-BSN supervised practice hour requirement for the DNP degree.
NURS8120 Health Systems Policy and Regulation 3 s.h.
Focuses on the fundamental principles of health policy and the impact of the political process for health care in the United States and around the globe. The course will prepare students to accept multifaceted leadership positions and expand the role of specialty practice nurses in the development, delivery, and monitoring of health care. This course addresses the distinctive intricacies of health care policies that influence care in the U.S. and globally. It is designed to assist the student in developing the skills necessary to critically analyze health care policies and to recognize how they can be influenced by investors or special interest groups. These policies are examined from a governmental and organizational viewpoint. Includes 8 clock hours of field experiences counted toward the post-BSN supervised practice hour requirement for the DNP degree.
NURS8130 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
Focuses on the application of statistical methods and analysis of data used in research for evidence-based practice and clinical decision making.
NURS8140 Epidemiology 3 s.h.
Focuses on epidemiologic concepts and methods for disease prevention, surveillance, detection, and intervention to promote the health of populations. Morbidity and mortality information, steps in the epidemiologic investigation process, and epidemiologic research methods are emphasized. Students will learn specific epidemiologic skills such as use of existing datasets, analysis of published epidemiologic studies, and data interpretation. The epidemiology of infectious diseases, environmental health hazards, new and emerging diseases, chronic disease, managerial epidemiology and disaster preparedness is included. Includes 16 hours of field experiences that emphasize epidemiological leadership.
NURS8200 Evaluation of Research for Evidence Based Practice 3 s.h.
Focuses on the application of research methods conducted to generate evidence-based knowledge to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. Emphasis will be on students’ identification of practice problem using steps in evidence-based practice process. Students will develop skills and competencies in database searching, critical appraisal, interpretation of research findings, data analysis, synthesis, and decision making for application of evidence in clinical practice. The process of critiquing quantitative, qualitative, outcome, and intervention research methods is included. Ethics in healthcare research will be discussed. Finally, students will learn and be prepared to communicate clinical practice scholarship and research findings. Prerequisite: NURS8130.
NURS8210 Project Management 3 s.h.
Focuses on the steps and processes for comprehensive and systematic management of an evidence-based scholarly practice project designed to remediate an identified practice phenomenon. The framework will address analysis of a practice setting, identification and description of the phenomenon of interest, the PICO question, systematic review of the literature, and an outline for the project proposal. Emphasis will be placed on the resources and skills needed for successful management of a scholarly practice project. Includes 100 supervised practice hours directly related to project management in an advanced practice setting. Prerequisite: NURS8200, Corequisite: NURS8950, NURS8260.
NURS8220 Healthcare Informatics 3 s.h.
Focuses on information systems technology, its applications within healthcare settings, and the value of technology for managing healthcare data. Some covered content includes information technologies and applications used in healthcare for various purposes including clinical decision support, transferring expert knowledge, and for collecting and managing healthcare data. Current and emerging technologies are introduced, as well as other topics such as policy, ethical and legal issues relevant to health information technology (health IT). The value and impact of health IT implementation is covered, and students learn about technology and outcomes evaluation. They are also introduced to the role of various stakeholders in health IT planning, design, implementation, management and use. Students will acquire the skills necessary to accurately use information systems and technology and to lead the advancement of informatics practice and research.
NURS8260 Organizational Leadership and Collaboration 3 s.h.
Focuses on leadership theories and principles and innovative leadership strategies for the DNP Concepts covered include transformational leadership, measurement of outcomes, data driven decision-making, organizational culture and climate, communication skills, professional accountability, change theory, and the business realities of healthcare leadership. Students will develop and or refine leadership skills as they progress through the course in order to enhance the quality of nursing and healthcare delivery systems.
NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership 1-4 s.h.
Includes up to 400 advanced practice hours for students enrolled in the DNP program with less than 364 verified post-BSN supervised practice hours. The number and nature of the practice hours will vary from student to student and is mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty advisor and cooperating agencies. Practice hours are documented by the student and approved by the faculty advisor at regular intervals. Practice hour logs are approved by the faculty advisor and filed in the online course site. This course is not a requirement for the degree. One semester hour is equivalent to 80-100 clock hours of practice experience. Course may be repeated as needed. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
NURS9700 DNP Practice Improvement Project Continuous Enrollment 1 s.h.
Provides continuous enrollment to complete course requirements for incomplete grades assigned to NURS9710, NURS9711, NURS9712 and NURS9720. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
NURS9710 DNP Practice Improvement Project Proposal 3 s.h.
Focuses on facilitating student progress through the proposal development & formal approval processes of an evidence-based quality improvement project designed to remediate an identified practice phenomenon. Project development and design requires demonstration of integration, synthesis and application of advanced practice competencies. Course requirements include 200 supervised practice hours and a formal written project proposal approved by the faculty advisor, practice mentor, practice site and institutional IRB(s). Both direct hours (time spent working on the project in the practice setting) and indirect hours (time spent working on the project outside of the practice setting) are included in this total. The nature of the practice hours will vary depending on the nature of the scholarly project and practice experience and is mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty advisor and cooperating agencies. Practice hours related to project completion are documented by the student and approved by the faculty advisor at regular intervals. Practice hour logs and project deliverables are approved by the faculty advisor and filed in the online course site. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Pre-requisites: Documented completion of a minimum of 500 post-BSN supervised practice hours, NURS8210.
NURS9711 DNP Practice Improvement Project Implementation 1 s.h.
Focuses on facilitating student progress through the implementation of an evidence-based quality improvement project designed to remediate an identified practice phenomenon. Project completion requires demonstration of integration, synthesis and application of advanced practice competencies. Course requirements include 100 supervised practice hours and a formal written project report, oral presentation to agency, and dissemination for peer-review. Both direct hours (time spent working on the project in the practice setting) and indirect hours (time spent working on the project outside of the practice setting) are included in this total. The nature of the practice hours will vary depending on the nature of the scholarly project and practice experience and is mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty advisor and cooperating agencies. Practice hours related to project completion are documented by the student and approved by the faculty advisor at regular intervals. Practice hour logs and project deliverables are approved by the faculty advisor and filed in the online course site. Pre-requisites: NURS9710.
NURS9712 DNP Practice Improvement Project Analysis & Dissemination 3 s.h.
Focuses on the analysis, evaluation and dissemination of an evidence-based quality improvement project designed to remediate an identified practice phenomenon. Project completion requires demonstration of integration, synthesis and application of advanced practice competencies. Course requirements include 200 supervised practice hours and a formal written project report, oral presentation to agency, and dissemination for peer-review. Both direct hours (time spent working on the project in the practice. The nature of the practice hours will vary depending on the nature of the scholarly project and practice experience and is mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty advisor and cooperating agencies. Practice hours related to project completion are documented by the student and approved by the faculty advisor at regular intervals. Practice hour logs and project deliverables are approved by the faculty advisor and filed in the online course site. Pre-requisites: NURS9711.
2021-22 Distance Learning DNP Program
|Tuition||$860.00 per semester hour|
|Graceland MSN Graduates - Reduced Tuition Rate||$731.00 per semester hour|
|Clinical Resource Fee (Annually assessed in June each year)||$25.00 per year|
|Late Registration Fee||$100.00|
|Program Support Fee (online courses)||$18.00< per course|
|Re-Sequencing Fee||$100.00 per course|
|Research Fee (NURS8200, NURS9700, NURS9710, NURS9711, NURS9712)||$50.00 per semester hour|
For more information regarding additional fees, please see General Fees.
Admission Requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Program
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
- Master's degree in nursing or related field from a nationally accredited program.
- For students with foreign transcripts, an evaluation* is required with GPA equivalency and TOEFL score.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in prior graduate-level coursework.
- Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S. and its territories.
- Satisfactory criminal background check after acceptance.
Application Requirements for Graduate Nursing Programs
Completed applications are due:
The first Monday in July for the fall trimester.
The first Monday in November for the spring trimester.
The first Monday in March for the summer trimester.
Only completed applications will be reviewed.
Complete applications include all the necessary items listed below. Transfer credit petition is optional.
- DNP (Fall and Spring starts)
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and documentation as early as possible. Applications are reviewed by the School of Nursing Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC). GSAC decisions will be communicated via email. Spots in the program are given on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications.
A $50 application fee is required to accompany your completed application to Graceland University.
The application fee is nonrefundable unless requested within three business days of Graceland receiving the fee. You can pay the application fee online at www.graceland.edu/payappfee. If paying with a check, it should be made payable to Graceland University and mailed to the address below.
Documentation can be submitted via email (email@example.com) or mail. If you are mailing your documentation, you may choose to wait and send it all in one packet, or you may send each item as you receive/complete it.
Please allow five to seven business days for mail. Please use the following address:
1401 W. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO 64050
Electronic transcripts are acceptable but only from Docufide, Script-Safe, Parchment, Student Clearinghouse and/or the issuing institution. These transcripts can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or Graceland University – Independence Campus. If sending by mail, official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent from the institution or issuing service. See below for the required transcripts:
- DNP applicants: We require your MSN transcript only. If you are petitioning for master’s/doctoral level transfer credit, we also require a transcript showing that coursework (ex. you earned your MSN from Blue University, but you took other coursework at Gold University, we would require both transcripts).
A license verification report can be found on the Nursys® website under the QuickConfirm License Verification tab. You may also visit your state board’s official website to access license verification information. In most cases, this should not cost anything. When submitting your verification, the expiration date must be visible on the report.
We require three (3) separate references submitted by current or former employers, or individuals professionally acquainted with you and familiar with your academic competencies and goals. References may not be from relatives, friends, family physicians or clergy. References from master's or doctoral level nurses are preferred but not required. While including a letter is always encouraged, we only require your references to fill out our reference form. Reference forms need to be emailed directly to email@example.com from your reference OR mailed in a sealed, signed envelope.
You will receive this directly from Graceland after you apply. Graceland is required to share with you the expected fees, tuition, etc. This is part of the application packet that needs to be initialed, signed, and returned with your other documents.
Approval of transfer credit is made on a course by course basis. Courses submitted for consideration must sufficiently match expected learning outcomes required by Graceland University’s School of Nursing. A detailed syllabus (course descriptions are not acceptable) from each course must be included in your petition.
Candidates may transfer up to three graduate nursing courses for a maximum of 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate course work. Coursework must be completed at a nationally accredited program with a grade of "B" or above and within five years prior to admission (see exceptions below).
Special conditions and exceptions to course completion time limits:
Pharmacotherapeutics and Advanced Health Assessment courses must be completed within three years prior to admission to be considered for transfer credit.
Course completion time limits do not apply to board certified APN demonstrating continuous current practice.
If you are offered admission to the program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check to be admitted.
Graceland University participates with NursingCAS, which is a Centralized Application System (CAS). If you have already built a profile and/or applied previously through NursingCAS, you are welcome to continue your application through them.
If you are seeking financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form. To complete this, visit the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To send your FAFSA information to Graceland University, use our school code: 001866. This should be done at your earliest convenience.
DNP Graduation Requirements
To qualify for graduation, each degree candidate must have:
- Completed sufficient credit to meet the total required graduate semester hours within 4 years of enrollment. Students may petition one time for a 1 year extension.
- 31 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 25 at Graceland.
- Earned a final course grade of B or better in every course.
- Satisfactorily completed the required DNP Practice Improvement Project.
- Documentation of a minimum of 1000 post-BSN supervised clinical practice hours.
- Fulfilled all financial obligations to Graceland University.
- Filed an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to the anticipated graduation date.
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:
Admissions Team, Graceland University
1401 W. Truman Rd. | Independence, MO. 64050
800.833.0524, ext. 4717 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (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.
ABOUT YOUR LOCATION:
Every state in the U.S. creates its own specific regulations about online enrollment of the students who live within the state. Some states require fees and/or application efforts that require a considerable investment of university resources. In an effort to maintain a reasonable tuition rate, Graceland University’s nursing program does not accept students who live in Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina or Tennessee at this time.
Graceland University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for RN - BSN, MSN, Post-Grad Certification, and DNP programs.
For international students only:
Prior to consideration for admission, students who received their undergraduate degree outside of the United States or Canada must submit a CGFNS evaluation with a GPA equivalency and a TOEFL score of 62 or higher on the online exam, an ELTS equivalent score of 6.0 or a DuoLingo equivalent score of 90. For further information or assistance, you may contact CGFNS at www.cgfns.org.