Nurse Practitioner DNP

Major: Nurse Practitioner
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Nursing Practice
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 102.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3818
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1171

About the Program

The online Nurse Practitioner DNP program is designed to prepare experienced nurses, who currently hold a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, to function in the role of a population-focused, nurse practitioner. The Nurse Practitioner DNP program provides students with the option to choose from nine population-focused, nurse practitioner concentrations. Students will be awarded a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at the completion of the required coursework for their chosen concentration and are subsequently awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the completion of the requirements of the program. Upon completing the program, graduates pursue practice roles across the continuum of their population-focused, nurse practitioner concentration. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination in their population-focused, nurse practitioner concentration. Concurrent theory and clinical courses provide an advanced knowledge-base for the management of patients within the scope of the population-focus. Clinical practicum rotations allow students to apply learned principles and concepts to clinical practice. 

Throughout the program, students may choose to complete a second population-focused, nurse practitioner concentration (leading to a post-master’s certificate) or choose to engage in coursework which leads to the attainment of advanced knowledge in nursing and other specialties/industries. 

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner programs. Students meet on campus for mandatory On Campus Intensive learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. On Campus Intensive visits occur 2-3 times during the clinical portion of the program and range from 2-3 days. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. During the On Campus Intensive visits, students engage in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits provide direct guidance and mentoring from faculty, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in the program, must meet the following criteria: 

  • Hold a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a program which is fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE
  • A minimum BSN GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum of two years of nursing practice in the area of clinical specialty (Nurse practitioner concentrations have specific standards for type of experience required)
  • Currently hold or be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Pennsylvania
  • Two satisfactory references from supervisors, faculty, and/or providers
  • A satisfactory essay addressing: 1) the reason for applying to an NP program and 2) career goals upon graduation
  • Additional admission requirements including a video-recorded timed presentation in response to a selected query may be necessary for consideration of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree

Degree Requirements

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses
NUPR 530Introduction to Advanced Practice Nursing: Professional and Self Development 3.0
NUPR 531Evidence-Based Practice: Processes, Structures and Impact3.0
NUPR 532Appraising Quantitative Evidence: Research Designs and Methodologies I 2.0
NUPR 533Appraising Qualitative Evidence: Research Designs and Methodologies II2.0
NUPR 534Environmental Health: Sustainability, Climate Change and Green Initiatives3.0
NUPR 605Quality Improvement: Applying Science to Improve Processes and Outcomes 2.5
NUPR 606Safety Science: Reducing Risk and Harm2.5
NUPR 607Clinical Ethics and Health Law3.0
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
Nurse Practitioner Support Courses
NUPR 600Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics5.0
NUPR 601Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning5.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses
NURS 706Applied Epidemiology3.0
NURS 720Health Information Technology and Information Systems 3.0
NUPR 700Global Health: Disparities, Social Justice, and Evidence-Based interventions 3.0
NUPR 710Evaluating Health Programs and Managing Projects3.0
NUPR 715Health Policy and Politics4.0
NUPR 716Leadership and Management in Healthcare Delivery Systems3.0
NUPR 800DNP Project Seminar I: Planning and Designing4.0
NUPR 801Advanced Specialization Practicum4.0
NUPR 802DNP Project Seminar II: Implementation, Evaluation, and Dissemination 4.5
NUPR 805Leading by Transforming and Partnering: The Future of Nursing4.5
Electives Courses *9.0-15.0
Graduate-Level Electives or Post-Master's Certificate Courses
Nurse Practitioner Concentration Tracks20.0-30.0
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration
AGACNP I: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Populations I
AGACNP II: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Populations II
AGACNP III: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Populations III
AGACNP IV: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Populations IV
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration
AGPCNP I: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Populations I
AGPCNP II: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Populations II
AGPCNP III: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Populations III
AGPCNP IV: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Populations IV
Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Concentration
FNP I: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Primary Care Across the Lifespan I
FNP II: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Primary Care Across the Lifespan II
FNP III: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Primary Care Across the Lifespan III
FNP IV: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Primary Care Across the Lifespan IV
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration
PNP I: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Primary Care I
ACPNP I: Evidence-Based Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents I
ACPNP II: Evidence-Based Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents II
ACPNP III: Evidence-Based Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child
Pediatric Dual Acute/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration
PNP I: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Primary Care I
PNP II: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Primary Care II
PNP III: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adolescents in Primary Care
ACPNP I: Evidence-Based Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents I
ACPNP II: Evidence-Based Acute-Chronic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents II
ACPNP III: Evidence-Based Management of the Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Child
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration
PNP I: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Primary Care I
PNP II: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Primary Care II
PNP III: Evidence-Based Clinical Management for Adolescents in Primary Care
PNP IV: Evidence-Based Management of Children with Special Health Care Needs in Primary Care
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration
PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I
PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II
PMHNP III: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology III
PMHNP IV: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology IV
Women's Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner Concentration
WHNP I: Evidence-Based Clinical Management of Gynecologic/Gender-Related Issues I
WHNP II: Evidence-Based Clinical Management of Gynecologic/Gender-Related Issues II
WHNP III: Evidence-Based Management for Low-Risk Obstetric/Postpartum Needs of Women/Families
WHNP IV: Evidence-Based Management for High Risk Obstetric/Post-Partum Needs of Women/Families
Total Credits102.0-118.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NUPR 5303.0NUPR 5322.0NUPR 5332.0NUPR 6005.0
NUPR 5313.0NUPR 5343.0NURS 5483.0 
 6 5 5 5
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NUPR 6052.5NUPR 6073.0NUPR 6015.0Concentration Courses5.0
NUPR 6062.5RSCH 5193.0  
 5 6 5 5
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Concentration Courses5.0Concentration Courses5.0Concentration Courses5.0
NUPR 681 (or Vacation)**
 5 5 5 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NURS 7063.0NUPR 7003.0NUPR 7103.0NUPR 7154.0
Elective**3.0-10.0Electives3.0-10.0Electives3.0-5.0NUPR 8004.0
 6-13 6-13 6-8 8
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
NUPR 8014.0NUPR 7163.0NUPR 8054.5 
NURS 7203.0NUPR 8024.5  
 7 7.5 4.5 
Total Credits 102-118
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