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14.5  The Doctor of Nursing Practice

 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a joint program offered by The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing (UACCN), the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing (UAHCON), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing (UABSON).

The DNP is a practice-focused degree to prepare graduates to function at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. Graduates of the DNP program focus on providing care with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations. Graduates employ abilities and skills in these areas to advocate for reasonable, rational, and data-driven health regulations, standards, and practices; sustain collaborative and strategic relationships, promote innovative, effective health care programs; and form partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities.

The post-masterís DNP curriculum is a minimum of 40 credits that includes the development of a practice or leadership focused project. This scholarly project is designed to synthesize scholarship in an advanced practice specialty or an area of healthcare leadership and serves as a capstone program experience. All courses are offered in a distance accessible format, and students will develop the scholarly project under the direction of program faculty and clinical advisors.
 

 

Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.

The following are requirements for admission:


1. Current unencumbered RN licensure in a state approved for admission.
2. A masterís degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing in an advanced nursing practice area (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist). Students who have a masterís degree in an area other than advanced practice may request to have their application evaluated to determine if they meet requirements for the DNP. These students, upon admission, may require additional coursework prior to beginning actual DNP courses.
3. Students must hold an advanced practice national certification or be eligible to sit for advanced practice national certification and pass their specific certification exam prior to completing 12 credit hours of DNP coursework. Students will be considered for a conditional admission
4. A 3.0 grade point average based on a 4.0 system in a completed graduate degree.

Additional information is in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog. Degree Completion Requirements
The Doctor of Nursing Practice will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

● GPA of 3.0 or higher
● good standing at the time of graduation
● successful completion of the scholarly project
● successful completion of the required coursework and scholarly project hours
● Attendance at one (1) DNP Intensive during program.


Transfer of Credit

Acceptable graduate credit, earned in a regionally accredited institution in which the student was enrolled in the graduate school, may be transferred and applied to the requirements for a doctoral degree. Only credit that was earned during the six-year period (18 fall, spring, and summer semesters) preceding admission to the DNP program may be considered for transfer. Evaluation of credit for transfer will not be made until the student has enrolled in the Graduate School of The University of Alabama. Credit will not be accepted from any institution at which the student failed to achieve a "B" average on all graduate work attempted. A student initiates at the Office of the Graduate School the request for evaluation of graduate credit obtained at another institution. The student must also ensure that the Office of the Graduate School has an official (not faxed or copied) transcript of the credit involved.
With the approval of the student's department and the Dean of the Graduate School, a maximum of 3 hours of elective credit may be transferred from another institution. Consideration of credit does not guarantee its transfer.

Clinical Hours for Degree Completion
A minimum of 1000 graduate clinical hours (MSN + DNP) is required for completion of the DNP degree. Five hundred forty (540) of these hours will be earned in the DNP program, and the remaining hours must be documented at the master's level. Students who do not have sufficient clinical hours will be required to complete additional clinical hours as determined by the ADGP prior to the beginning of DNP courses. In such cases, 60 clinical hours are the equivalent of 1 semester credit hour.

Time limit for doctoral study
Doctoral programs of study may include appropriate coursework that has been earned no more than six years (18 consecutive fall, spring, and summer semesters) prior to the date of the student's admission to the doctoral program. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years (21 consecutive fall, spring, and summer semesters) of the date of the student's admission to the doctoral program.

Residency/Immersion
The practice-focused DNP program has a practice-based residency/immersion. The student fulfills the experience requirement by satisfactorily completing the practice-focused, comprehensive, scholarly project in the final semester of the program.

Additional information is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Curriculum
The DNP program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study and eight semesters of part-time study.


 

 

JOINT DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM

 

Full-time Post-masters Program of Study

 

Course Number

Course Name

Pre-reqs

Pre- or Co-Reqs

Credit Hours

Semester

NUR 700

 

Clinical Data Management and Analysis

Admission to DNP Program

NUR 701

3

Fall 1

NUR 701

Writing for Publication

Admission to DNP Program

NUR 700

3

Fall 1

NUR 737

 

Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence

 

 

3

Fall 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 731

Philosophical, Theoretical, and Conceptual Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

NUR 701

 

3

Spring 1

NUR 729

 

Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation

NUR 700

 

3

Spring 1

NUR 740

 

Health Policy and Politics:  Implications in Health Care

 

 

3

Spring 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 735

Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing

 

 

 

3

Summer 1

NUR 743

 

Evidence-Based Practice Strategies

NUR 731

NUR 729

 

3

Summer 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 733

 

Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing

NUR 729

 

3

Fall 2

NUR 742

 

Program Evaluation Methods

NUR 700

 

NUR 729

NUR 743

3

Fall 2

NUR 738

 

Scholarly Seminar

NUR 729

NUR 743

NUR 742

NUR 742

3

Fall 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 739

 

Scholarly Project

NUR 738

 

7

Spring 2

Total Credits

40

 

 

Part-time Post-masters Program of Study

 

 

Course Name

Pre-reqs

Pre- or Co-Reqs

Credit Hours

Semester

NUR 700

 

Clinical Data Management and Analysis

Admission to DNP Program

NUR 701

3

Fall 1

NUR 701

Writing for Publication

Admission to DNP Program

NUR 700

3

Fall 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 731

Philosophical, Theoretical, and Conceptual Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

NUR 701

 

3

Spring 1

NUR 729

Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation

NUR 700

 

3

Spring 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 735

Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing

 

 

3

Sum 1

NUR 743

 

Evidence-Based Practice Strategies

NUR 731

NUR 729

 

3

Sum 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 733

Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing

NUR 729

 

3

Fall 2

NUR 737

 

Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence

 

 

3

Fall 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 740

Health Policy and Politics:  Implications in Health Care

 

 

3

Spring 2

NUR 742

Program Evaluation Methods

NUR 700

NUR 729

NUR 743

 

3

Spring 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 738

 

Scholarly Seminar

NUR 729

NUR 743

NUR 742

NUR 742

3

Sum 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 739

Scholarly Project

NUR 738

 

4

Fall 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUR 739

Scholarly Project

NUR 738

 

3

Spring 3

Total Credits

40

 

 

**Elective semester can be adjusted based on availability of chosen course. For example, NUR 515 Writing for Publication is taught in the Spring only and should be taken in the Spring 2013. A complete list of available electives can be found in the CCN Graduate Student Handbook.
**A minimum of 7 credit hours in NUR 739 is required to complete the Scholarly Project. If NUR 739 requirements are not satisfied by completion of 7 credit hours, then the student must enroll in subsequent semesters for at least 1 credit hour of NUR 739 until project completion/graduation.

 

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