Doctor of Nursing Practice

Major: Nursing Practice
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 46.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3818
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Drexel University is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or practitioners and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes.

Nurses graduating in Drexel's DNP program are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.  

Program Objectives

The objectives are focused in two areas: leadership in an executive role and a practitioner role. Graduates of the DNP degree will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings.
  2. Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes.
  3. Use advanced communication skills (use of technology and information) - to lead quality improvement and patient safety.
  4. Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers.
  6. Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor of science in nursing or advanced practice masters’ degree in nursing. In addition, applicants must have a current, active US license to practice nursing. Applicants would complete a standard graduate application including submission of the following:

  • Copy of professional license, nurse executive advanced (NEA) certificate and advanced practice license(s)
  • University/college transcripts (except for graduates of Drexel)
  • Two letters of recommendation from advisors, supervisors, professors or mentors
  • CV
  • Personal statement on reasons for their interest in the DNP and career plan

Degree Requirements

Curriculum

The sequence of the doctoral program of study is organized to integrate the core courses while at the same time prepare students for immersion in research courses. The clinical and role practica provide students with opportunity to enhance their leadership skills in clinical practice and executive roles in service delivery.

The program offers two tracks:

  • The Practitioner Track: for the student who wants to remain in clinical practice post-graduation.
  • The Executive Track: for graduates who want careers in executive nursing and health care management, but who still prefer a nursing doctorate with a connection to clinical practice.

Required Courses
NURS 703Health Policy and Economics3.0
NURS 706Applied Epidemiology3.0
NURS 713Human Responses to Altered Function in Health and Illness3.0
NURS 714Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Nursing Inquiry3.0
NURS 716Scientific Foundation of Nursing Knowledge Development3.0
NURS 718Quantitative Methods for Practice-based Nursing Inquiry3.0
NURS 719Leadership in Organizations and Systems3.0
NURS 720Health Information Technology and Information Systems 3.0
NURS 830Doctoral Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum3.0
NURS 835Doctoral Nursing Practice Role Practicum 3.0
NURS 836Clinical and Applied Nursing Ethics3.0
NURS 837Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice3.0
NURS 840DNP Project Seminar3.0
NURS 841DNP Project Advisement1.0
NURS 891Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse Executive3.0
or NURS 892 Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse Practitioner
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
Total Credits46.0

Program Delivery

The DNP program is an online program that includes program orientation and didactic instructions on information and technology and a residency requirement. The program orientation and didactic instructions on information and technology occurs before the fall session.

The residency requirement occurs during the first year summer session when the student is enrolled in 2 didactic courses on campus. The student is expected to develop and implement a DNP project. The proposal defense maybe done virtually or in person. During the defense, the student will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills and knowledge in the area of interest to the DNP Project Committee ( Faculty Chair and 1 doctorally prepared member selected by the student), and finalize plans for implementation of the DNP project. The final oral defense of the DNP project denotes the culmination of the degree program. Students who successfully defended their DNP projects must sign a IDEA distribution license Form granting permission to share their projects in the repository.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
NURS 716Scientific Foundation of Nursing Knowledge Development3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
NURS 706Applied Epidemiology3.0
NURS 713Human Responses to Altered Function in Health and Illness3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
NURS 714Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Nursing Inquiry3.0
NURS 718Quantitative Methods for Practice-based Nursing Inquiry3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
NURS 720Health Information Technology and Information Systems 3.0
NURS 719Leadership in Organizations and Systems3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year
Fall
NURS 830Doctoral Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum3.0
NURS 703Health Policy and Economics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
NURS 835Doctoral Nursing Practice Role Practicum 3.0
NURS 836Clinical and Applied Nursing Ethics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
NURS 837Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice3.0
NURS 891
or 892
Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse Executive
Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse Practitioner
3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
NURS 840DNP Project Seminar3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Third Year
Fall
NURS 841*DNP Project Advisement1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Total Credit: 46.0
*

Continue as necessary.


Doctor of Nursing Practice Faculty

Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation . Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, law, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.
Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Maternal and infant health outcomes with a particular focus on racial and ethnic perinatal health disparities.
Kathleen Fisher, PhD, CRNP (Pennsylvania State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Health care for vulnerable populations, decision making in vulnerable populations (i.e. individuals with intellectual disability.)
Mary Gallagher-Gordon, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE (Drexel University) Senior Director of Contracts, Compliance and Academic Community Initiatives. Assistant Clinical Professor. Informatics, patient safety and nursing education, NCLEX review.
Ellen Giarelli, EdD, MSN, CRNP (University of Pennsylvania; Rutgers University) Director of Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in the Integrated Nusing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Associate Professor. Genetic/genomic nursing care, self-management of chronic disorders, autism spectrum disorder.
Elizabeth Gonzalez, PhD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC (New York University) Department Chair, Doctoral Nursings. Associate Clinical Professor. Chronic stress, geropsychiatry, depression among the elderly, minority health issues and cross-cultural research among family caregivers of persons with dementia.
Loretta Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Pennsylvania). HIV/AIDS prevention, health promotion and translational research.
William Lorman, PhD, JD, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN (American Institute). Assistant Clinical Professor. Addiction and mental health.
Sally K. Miller, PhD, CRNP (Walden University). Clinical Professor. Adult-gerontology primary and acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology.
Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Labor and delivery, midwifery, postpartum care, neonatal intensive care, improving access to care for women with postpartum depression, family psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Albert Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA, BC, FAAN (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Dean forPost Licensure and Graduate Nursing Programs. Clinical Professor. Nursing graduate leadership and management track.
Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago). Assistant Professor. The access and utilization of perinatal health services such as prenatal case management (PCM) and prenatal care; adverse perinatal health outcomes fetal growth, preterm birth, and cerebral palsy; and the interaction of social, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities in perinatal health.
Roberta Waite, EdD, MSN, PMHCNS-BS (Widener University) Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs. Associate Professor. Psychiatric nursing; depression and ADHD in minority adults, and the effects of adverse childhood experiences on adult health in minority adults.
Linda Wilson, PhD, RN, CPAN, CAPA, BC, CNE, CHSE (Rutgers University) Assistant Dean for Special Projects, Simulation & CNE Accreditation. Associate Clinical Professor. Simulation informatics and technology, perianesthesia, pain management, critical care, trauma, emergency preparedness.
Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, CRNP, FAAN (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Advanced practice nursing, leadership and management, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist (adult health) and adult nurse practitioner.
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