Clinical Focus: Post-BSN and Post-Masters DNP
Plans of Study
Post-Masters DNP: Clinical Practice Focus
The goals of the Clinical Focused Doctorate of Nursing Practice Programs are to prepare advanced practice nurses that:
- Are clinical experts
- Provide leadership to affect change
- Translate research into evidence-based practice
There are two paths to the Clinical Focus DNP degree:
The Post-BSN DNP Program:
This program is for applicants holding a BSN degree. This path, which requires 1000 clinical practicum hours, prepares the student to become a Nurse Practitioner in their choice of the following specialties:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Post-Masters DNP Program:
The Post-Masters DNP Program is for applicants who have already achieved a graduate level advanced practice foundation.
The Post-Masters DNP curriculum builds on masters level courses such as advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, pharmacology, and a clinical area of concentration. The program has three components:
- Course work to provide a broad understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for the role of a DNP;
- The capstone project courses in which the students will apply their coursework, knowledge, skills, and past experience to an in-depth and integrative practice experience which results in a written product;
- An intensive clinical residency experience of 500 hours in which students work “hands on” with a preceptor in the student’s area of advanced practice.
Both of these programs are offered in a blended format: a combination of online and face-to-face learning experiences. During the clinical practicum hours, students work with preceptors and experts in their area of focus to gain meaningful clinical experiences and, for the Post-Master's DNP, to develop and implement their capstone project.