Course Descriptions & Immersions
Through the online DNP program, you will gain additional knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. Core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice will provide a foundation for the DNP curriculum and final project. The online DNP program requires completion of a minimum of 31 credits. Prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C.
DNP Course Descriptions
NURS 563: Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) for Quality & Safety (3 credits)
This course provides learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions. The emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based-practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address quality improvement and safety in a variety of advance practice roles and the systematic search for research evidence that can be used to answer researchable questions.
NURS 700: Theoretical Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice (3 credits)
This course focuses on examining philosophical and scientific knowledge development in nursing practice and the implications for practice. Emphasis will be on the analysis, critique, and application of nursing middle-range and other theories related to nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURS 563 and NURS 708.
NURS 701: DNP Practicum I: Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3 credits)
This practicum course provides the student an opportunity to work within a practice setting to begin to design his or her scholarly project. The student also begins to establish the expanded advanced nursing DNP role focusing on a population of interest. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience. Prerequisite: NURS 700. Corequisite: NURS 761.
NURS 702: DNP Practicum II: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3 credits)
The DNP student works with a faculty mentor to begin implementation of his or her scholarly project. The student also establishes the expanded advanced nursing DNP role focusing on a population of interest. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience. Prerequisite: NURS 701 and NURS 761 Corequisite: NURS 762.
NURS 703: DNP Practicum III: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3 credits)
The DNP student continues to work with a faculty mentor to implement his or her scholarly project. This includes analysis of data and drafting a report of the scholarly project. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience. Prerequisite: NURS 702 and NURS 762, Corequisite: NURS 763.
NURS 704: DNP Practicum III: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3 credits)
In this final practicum course, the DNP student completes the implementation and evaluation of his or her scholarly project. The student also completes the final written report of the project and disseminates the findings through preparation of a bound document or a manuscript suitable for a peer-reviewed publication along with an abstract that is submitted for a podium or poster presentation at a major conference. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience. Corequisite: NURS 764
NURS 704: Application of Evidence-Based Practice IV (1-3 credits)
In this final practicum course, the DNP student completes the implementation and evaluation of his or her scholarly project. The student also completes the final written report of the project and disseminates the findings through preparation of a bound document or a manuscript suitable for a peer-reviewed publication along with an abstract that is submitted for a podium or poster presentation at a major conference. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum Prerequisites: NURS 703 and NURS 763, Corequisite: NURS 764.
NURS 705: DNP Immersion (1 credit)
The on-campus “immersion” must be completed by all DNP students within a semester or two of enrolling in NURS 701 and NURS 761. This course introduces students to Jesuit values and ethical decision-making. Students also learn about the DNP role, expectations, and the importance of crystallizing their ideas for their scholarly projects early in the program. Requirements for completion of an IRB application, guidelines for formation of a Scholarly Project Committee, the proposal and final defense processes, and steps to complete a scholarly project are emphasized. Students are oriented to library databases for distance students and creation of an electronic portfolio. They are introduced to the fundamentals of writing for publication and participate in an interactive session designed to bring focus to their scholarly projects.
NURS 708: Inferential Statistics (if not taken within previous 5 years) (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to review statistical concepts such as descriptive statistics, probability distributions (binomial and normal), sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality nursing practice. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (Mega Stat) to assist in making effective decisions.
NURS 710: Population-Focused Care (3 credits)
This course focuses on developing and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention interventions targeting population-based health. The environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural context of health behaviors will be explored. The use of epidemiology and evidence-based research to inform clinical prevention programs and policy solutions for population health disparities are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS 553, NURS 708, Prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 700.
NURS 720: Evidence Synthesis for Practice (3 credits)
This course emphasizes how to create answerable questions relevant to the role of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to address specific patient/client problems or situations and critically appraise types of data generated through research in both qualitative and quantitative traditions. The focus is on evaluating the adequacy of research questions, methodologies, and the presentation of findings. The DNP student will be prepared to use epidemiological data to identify the causes of disease and to evaluate health services. In addition, the course emphasizes an examination of knowledge transformation, including the systematic search for research evidence to answer research questions and the synthesis of evidence for knowledge translation across a body of research. Prerequisite: NURS 700.
NURS 730: Clinical Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (3 credits)
This course emphasizes the steps involved in the development of a business plan for the creation of a new clinical service or program or a clinical practice. Students will conduct a needs assessment, develop mission and values statements, create the program design, conduct a financial analysis, and design evaluation strategies and measures. Prerequisite: NURS 700.
NURS 740: Quality Improvement, Information Management, and Leadership in Health Care (3 credits)
This course emphasizes strategic planning and management, systems and organizational theories, quality improvement, and information management. It acquaints students with the process, tools and techniques of strategic planning that will enable them to manage patient populations and to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in health systems. The course focuses on leadership and the process of health care delivery from a systems perspective, emphasizing continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes. Prerequisites: NURS 700.
NURS 750: Health Policy and Advocacy (3 credits)
This course focuses on the leadership role of the DNP in influencing health policy makers and health policy development emphasizing interprofessional collaboration. The effect of nursing scholarship on health policy and advocacy will be explored. The regulatory and ethical environments that impact DNP practice are examined considering Ignatian values and social justice principles. Strategies for designing and leading the implementation of public, professional, and institutional polices relating to local, regional, national, and international health care and its delivery are considered. Prerequisites: NURS 700.
NURS 761: Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar I (2 credits)
This is the first of a series of four seminars that provide the DNP student with mentored opportunities to identify a practice issue and develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate an independent, analytic, and scholarly project focusing on problems of advanced nursing practice within specific populations. Each seminar course builds on the knowledge and practice expertise of the DNP student, culminating in the completion of a scholarly project. The range of projects will vary as they relate to the DNP student’s unique area of nursing, e.g., quality improvement, analyzing policy, designing and using databases, designing and evaluating new models of care, collaboration with researchers to answer clinical questions, program development, implementation, and evaluation. The student also examines the DNP role in relation to clinical scholarship and leadership. Prerequisites: NURS 700 and NURS 710, Corequisite: NURS 701.
NURS 762: Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar II (2 credits)
The DNP student refines the design of his or her scholarly project, including the data collection and evaluation plans. Students must successfully complete an oral defense of the planned project prior to beginning implementation. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX) Prerequisites: NURS 761 and 701, Corequisite: NURS 702.
NURS 763 Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar III (1 credit)
The DNP student continues to refine the evidence-based scholarly project specific to a population of interest within a practice setting. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX) Prerequisites: NURS 762 and 702, Corequisite: NURS 703.
NURS 764: Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar IV (1 credit)
In this final seminar course, the student will present the final defense of his or her scholarly project through an oral presentation that addresses the topic of interest, the development and implementation of the project, how it addressed the needs of a selected population, and an evaluation of the project and outcomes. Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses to address the ethical, legal, financial and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. Prerequisites: NURS 763 and 703, Corequisite: NURS 704.