Nursing (D.N.P.)

 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program was established in 2008 for registered nurses seeking advanced education for leadership in clinical positions, health policy development, evaluation and application of patient care research, and systemic efforts in health promotion and risk reduction. Through this program, students are trained to use clinical research to improve and transform health care.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must comply with the following:

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing or the equivalent from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited institution. They must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 in the most recent nursing program and no less than a ‘B’ in all pre-requisite courses. International students must meet University and College English language requirements and satisfy all WSU and State Board of Nursing requirements for nurses practicing in Michigan. Two letters of recommendation (it is preferred that one reference from a doctoral-prepared individual), a professional goals statement, and a resume are also required. All qualified applicants will be interviewed.

Post-Masters Applicants are required to have completed courses in the following content areas prior to admission: Advanced Physical Assessment, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Introductory Statistics.

Nurse Practitioner Applicants who are certified in a practitioner specialty are exempt from the Advanced Physical Assessment, Pharmacology and Pathophysiology requirements cited above.

An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report (General Test), taken within the last five years, is recommended for applicants who have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Applicants may choose instead the GRE Exemption (to be admitted without the GRE score report). Further, if accepted into the D.N.P. program, these applicants will be admitted to a probationary period of twelve credits. During this probationary period students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale overall. Those probationary students who do not maintain a ‘B’ or better grades will be dismissed from the program.

Registered Nurse Licensure: Applicants must obtain current Michigan Registered Nurse Licensure prior to entry into the clinical sequence. All applicants educated outside the U.S. must be certified by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). Verification of a student's CGFNS certification must be forwarded to the State of Michigan Board of Nursing by the CGFNS in order to take the RN licensure examination, NCLEX. Post-masters nursing students must be certified by a nationally recognized body in their area of specialization.

Application: The final deadline is January 31st. Informational meetings are held monthly and  applicants  are encouraged to  attend before completing the application. The schedule is listed on the College website under the Programs tab, D.N.P., then Information Meetings: .

Admission decisions are based upon all materials submitted and reflect careful consideration of the applicant's professional goals, clinical inquiry interests, interview and the resources of the College of Nursing. Although even if an applicant meets all minimum requirements, admission may not be granted because of

  1. unavailable program space and/or
  2. inadequate College resources relevant to the applicant's specific interest.
 
 

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Nursing and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

The D.N.P. program must include a minimum of thirty credits of graduate coursework completed in residence at Wayne State University. Neither courses numbered in the 9000s nor classes elected as "visitor" may be used to fulfill this requirement. Early in the program the student, in consultation with the academic advisor, plans a sequence of courses. This Plan of Work is approved by the academic advisor and the Director of the D.N.P Program. It is the responsibility of the student to file any changes in the Plan of Work. Preliminary Examination must be applied for following completion of the coursework requirements. Students will be expected to take preliminary examinations to demonstrate their knowledge of each primary field and all supporting fields. Students must pass these examinations.

Students in all paths have a seven year time limit to complete all requirements for the D.N.P. degree. The seven-year period begins with the end of the semester during which the student was admitted to doctoral study and was taking work toward meeting the requirements for degree. Students whose seven-year time limit has expired may be considered for an extension, provided that the Preliminary Examinations have been successfully completed. Subsequent extensions will not be considered in the absence of substantial progress during the previous year.

The faculty of the College of Nursing has developed three curricular paths for students to complete the requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice. These options are oriented to the applicant’s educational level at the time of admission and professional career goal. One path is for students entering the program post-B.S.N., and two paths for those entering post-M.S.N. Full-time and part-time study options are available. Students in path I and path III have several clinical specialty options. The options are described below under each of these paths.

Clinical Practicum: Requirement of one year of residence equaling six graduate credits in course work, not including the Doctor of Nursing Practice project, over two successive semesters. (Spring/Summer semester may be excluded.)

The total D.N.P. program must include thirty credits, excluding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Project, in courses open only to graduate students (7000 level or above).

Path I: Post-B.S.N. Clinical Leading to the A.P.R.N. Specialty and the D.N.P. (Total Credits: 80-82)

Focus: Clinical specialty certification, Clinical Inquiry, leadership development, and translation of research into practice (Michigan RN license required)
Nursing Transfer Courses Advisor approved - 5 credits
Theory
NUR 8620Foundations of Nursing as a Discipline3
NUR 8625Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theoretical and Methodological Issues3
Domain of Knowledge
NUR 8210Health Determinants & Disparities3
NUR 8615Informatics Innovations in Nursing3
NUR 8630Conceptual Methodologies in Health Policy Leadership and Ethics3
NUR 8650Advanced Professional Leadership3
Elective Courses
Select 6 credits supporting domain of knowledge of the following:6
Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching in Nursing
Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education
Health Economics and Policy Evaluation of Nursing Care for Vulnerable Populations
Clinical Practice Outcomes: Evaluation and Benchmarking Methodologies
Health Information Technology
Research and Statistics
NUR 7000Statistics in Nursing3-4
or PSY 5100 Applied Statistics in Psychology
NUR 8895Population Health for Nursing3
NUR 8604Health Analytics and Data Management4
D.N.P. Project
NUR 9500DNP Project Practicum I2
NUR 9505DNP Project Practicum II 2
NUR 9510DNP Project Practicum II2
NUR 9520Clinical Inquiry Project6
Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Courses
(Minimum credits 34-35, total credits dependant on major)
NUR 7030Advanced Nursing Assessment4
NUR 7203Advanced Neonatal Physiology and Pathophysiology3-4
or NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology
Advanced Pediatric Pharmacology
Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice
Select a minimum of 3 APN Specialty Clinical Didactic Courses:
NUR 8670APN Specialty I: Foundations3-4
NUR 8680APN Specialty II: Intermediate3-4
NUR 8690APN Specialty III: Advanced2-4
Select a minimum of 3 Clinical LAB Courses:
NUR 8675APN Specialty Clinical I: Foundations4-5
NUR 8685APN Specialty Clinical II: Intermediate4-5
NUR 8695APN Specialty Clinical III: Advanced 5-6
Total Credits77-86

Path II: Post-Master's with Clinical Specialty Leading to the D.N.P. (Total Credits: 46-47)

Focus: Clinical Inquiry, leadership development, and translation of research into practice (Specialty Certification required)
Nursing Transfer Courses Advisor approved - 5 credits
Theory
NUR 8620Foundations of Nursing as a Discipline3
NUR 8625Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theoretical and Methodological Issues3
Domain of Knowledge
NUR 8210Health Determinants & Disparities3
NUR 8615Informatics Innovations in Nursing3
NUR 8630Conceptual Methodologies in Health Policy Leadership and Ethics3
NUR 8650Advanced Professional Leadership3
Elective Courses
Select 6 credits supporting domain of knowledge of the following:6
Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching in Nursing
Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education
Health Economics and Policy Evaluation of Nursing Care for Vulnerable Populations
Clinical Practice Outcomes: Evaluation and Benchmarking Methodologies
Health Information Technology
Research and Statistics
NUR 7000Statistics in Nursing3-4
or PSY 5100 Applied Statistics in Psychology
NUR 8895Population Health for Nursing3
NUR 8604Health Analytics and Data Management4
D.N.P. Project
NUR 9500DNP Project Practicum I2
NUR 9505DNP Project Practicum II 2
NUR 9510DNP Project Practicum II2
NUR 9520Clinical Inquiry Project6
Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Courses
None required for this option since already certified
Total Credits46-47

Path III: Post-M.S.N. Clinical Leading to A.P.R.N. Specialty and the D.N.P. (Total Credits: 80-82)

Focus: Clinical specialty certification, Clinical Inquiry, leadership development, and translation of research into practice (Michigan RN license required)
Nursing Transfer Courses Advisor approved - 5 credits
Theory
NUR 8620Foundations of Nursing as a Discipline3
NUR 8625Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theoretical and Methodological Issues3
Domain of Knowledge
NUR 8210Health Determinants & Disparities3
NUR 8615Informatics Innovations in Nursing3
NUR 8630Conceptual Methodologies in Health Policy Leadership and Ethics3
NUR 8650Advanced Professional Leadership3
Elective Courses
Select 6 credits supporting domain of knowledge of the following:6
Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching in Nursing
Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education
Clinical Practice Outcomes: Evaluation and Benchmarking Methodologies
Health Information Technology
Research and Statistics
NUR 7000Statistics in Nursing3-4
or PSY 5100 Applied Statistics in Psychology
NUR 8895Population Health for Nursing3
NUR 8604Health Analytics and Data Management4
D.N.P. Project
NUR 9500DNP Project Practicum I2
NUR 9505DNP Project Practicum II 2
NUR 9510DNP Project Practicum II2
NUR 9520Clinical Inquiry Project6
Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Courses
(Minimum credits 34-35, total credits dependant on major)
NUR 7030Advanced Nursing Assessment4
NUR 7203Advanced Neonatal Physiology and Pathophysiology3-4
or NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology
Advanced Pediatric Pharmacology
Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice
Select a minimum of 3 APN Specialty Clinical Didactic Courses:
NUR 8670APN Specialty I: Foundations3-4
NUR 8680APN Specialty II: Intermediate3-4
NUR 8690APN Specialty III: Advanced2-4
Select a minimum of 3 Clinical LAB Courses:
NUR 8675APN Specialty Clinical I: Foundations4-5
NUR 8685APN Specialty Clinical II: Intermediate4-5
NUR 8695APN Specialty Clinical III: Advanced 5-6
Total Credits77-86