Academic Policies – DNP

Academic Requirements

At the end of the DNP program:

The graduate will:

  1. Assume advanced practice nursing roles as an expert clinician
  2. Implement and evaluate clinical practice based on scientific knowledge
  3. Demonstrate advanced leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of increasingly complex healthcare organizations
  4. Use advanced skills to design, develop, and implement the use of contemporary information systems
  5. Apply clinical scholarship methodologies for organizational quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and health care outcomes
  6. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams necessary to meet healthcare needs of individuals and populations
  7. Demonstrate expertise in the analysis and formulation and implementation of health care policy at the local, regional, national, or international level
  8. Apply ethical theories, legal and practice standards, and advocacy to decision-making healthcare issues.

Length of Program

The program is designed to be completed in 2 years (6 trimesters). Courses are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Students may opt to complete the program in 3 years. It is expected that each student will complete 1,000 clinical hours in accordance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing DNP Roadmap Task force Report. For the post master’s student, course work in the program will provide the student with the additional clinical practice hours building upon the practice hours that were part of the student’s master’s degree to meet the required 1,000 hour requirement. Each student will undertake a clinical scholarship project reflecting a practice site or population of interest supported by scholarly evidence in order to provide students with an opportunity to implement emerging science and practice innovations to improve the health care system. Students will also complete a portfolio.

Leave of Absence

In the matter of request for Leave of Absence, students must write a letter to the Graduate Coordinator requesting consideration. Students will receive a response within four weeks of their request. Requests for Leave of Absence must be made at least one month prior to the beginning of the next semester for which the leave is sought, unless extenuating circumstances prevail.

Interruption of Course Work for One Year or More

A student who does not take a course in the DNP program for one year or more must reapply for admission to the college. Faculty reserve the right to require students to repeat previous coursework based on the length of time that has lapsed since their previous enrollment.

Grading

GRADUATE GRADING SYSTEM

Grade

Quality Points

Numerical Scale

Comments

A

4.0

96-100

Excellence

A-

3.7

90-95

B+

3.5

86-89

Very Good

B

3.0

80-85

C+

2.5

76-79

Satisfactory

C

2.0

70-75

F

0.0

below 70

Failure

WU

0.0

N/A

Unofficial withdrawal

W

N/A

Withdrawal without penalty

INC

N/A

Incomplete

P

N/A

Passing

 

Health Requirements

All graduate students must show evidence of an annual physical with up-to-date immunizations and/or titers as required by regulatory agencies. In addition, all graduate students must hold Student Nurse Practitioner malpractice insurance coverage. Information concerning coverage is available in the Office of the Program Coordinator.