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Kaplan University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to thrive in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. With the shrinking number of primary care providers, the nursing shortage, and the increasing complexity of patient care, the field of nursing needs clinical experts and leaders with the highest level of scientific knowledge and expertise.
Kaplan University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice fits into the schedules of busy advanced nurses, allowing them to earn a valuable health care credential while continuing to work. This degree could open the door to new opportunities for clinical and leadership positions in a variety of roles.*
At this time, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is available only in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Our online Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to
prepare nurses to:
Candidates enrich and deepen their
specialty practice by engaging in practice experiences. These experiences
are designed to empower students to integrate practice and theory in the
delivery of complex health care within their specialty areas. Each student will
be guided by a DNP faculty member who is dedicated to his or her success.
students must earn a minimum of 1,000 postbaccalaureate practice hours in their population focus for degree completion. Depending on the population focus and prior degree, students may also need to complete clinical practice experiences prior to the practice experience. Hours may be completed at the master’s level in addition to the doctoral level. The Faculty Advisor and Academic Department Chair will use the provided documentation of previously completed hours to determine the hours required in the plan of study.
program culminates in the successful completion of a practice-focused project
that is completed over the course of several semesters. This project must
demonstrate students’ ability to synthesize knowledge and develop new systems,
and produce real-world outcomes in their practice settings. Students complete
the capstone project under the mentorship of a DNP faculty advisor.
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Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to prepares graduates to pursue clinical and
leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety of roles including nurse
practitioners, nurse executives, expert clinicians, and faculty.†
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Aug 03, 2016
Online Start Date
Oct 19, 2016
If you possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing, upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path you will then complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is also open to individuals who possess a master’s degree in nursing. If your master’s-level population focus differs from your chosen doctoral-level focus, consider completing one of our post-master’s certificates prior to beginning Doctor of Nursing Practice coursework. If you are a resident of Alabama, Delaware, Indiana, or Minnesota, contact an Admissions Advisor for additional information on state-specific curriculum. To view the degree plan for this program, click here.
In this course, students will examine the evolution of nursing science and the emergence of the DNP degree based on the utilization of evidence to influence the health of populations. Students will be introduced to advanced levels of systems thinking with a focus on designing programs to improve patient, population, and health system outcomes based on levels of evidence available. Students will appraise new practice approaches based on theories from nursing and other disciplines. During this course, students will identify a population focus for the DNP Capstone Project.
Total Program Credits: 60
The actual number of credits required for graduation may range from 48 to 60 credits depending on the number of supervised practice hours you bring into the program at the time of enrollment. Independent study options are available for those students who need additional coursework to achieve a minimum of 1,000 hours of postbaccalaureate practice as part of a supervised academic program prior to graduation. Please reference the graduation requirements for the Doctor of Nursing practice.
This course focuses on comprehending, synthesizing, and applying emerging scientific knowledge specific to clinical prevention and population health. Students will synthesize trends among epidemiologic, biostatistical, and environmental data to derive solutions to tenacious or new health care problems based on existing health data sets and the scientific literature. Consideration will be accorded to social determinants of health in the processes of conducting risk assessment, intervention development and implementation, health care delivery planning, and evaluation. Models of clinical prevention and population health care delivery will be evaluated. This course includes a practicum experience of 20 hours focused on population health.
Corequisite: DN 703
Students will analyze methods
and tools for critical appraisal and application of empirical, reflective, and
practice-based information to improve the quality of care and outcomes for
specific populations. Students will analyze and appraise an identified issue
within the population, such as outcomes of practice, practice patterns,
policies, or organizational systems of care. The application of evidence-based
practice is emphasized for designing and implementing an intervention to
influence an identified issue. Methods for evaluating outcomes of the proposed
intervention will be explored. Students will develop and defend a proposal for
a DNP Capstone Project in this course. This course includes a practicum
experience of 60 hours.
This course will prepare you to design and implement culturally proficient health care policies with special consideration of issues of social justice and equity. Legal and ethical challenges encountered in practice leadership, decision making, and the implementation of systems and organizational change processes and policies will be explored. Ethics, health care policy, and advocacy specific to an individualized area of capstone problem focus will be emphasized. This course includes a practicum experience of 40 hours.
Prerequisite: DN 703; Corequisite: DN 723
In this course, students will analyze current and emerging aggregate-level clinical prevention and population health issues. Students will demonstrate and apply experiential, contextual, and evidence-based best practices, cost/benefits, and systematic plans for quality improvement benchmarks with the end goal of designing aggregate-level clinical prevention and population health interventions. This course includes a practicum experience of 40 hours.
This course provides the student with evidence-based organizational and leadership knowledge and skills necessary to appraise practice leadership theories and organizational models. The influence of economics, health policy, stakeholders, information technology, and interprofessional collaboration upon health care organizational operations will be explored. Each student will identify a practice leadership model that will inform a capstone project focus. This course includes a practicum experience of 40 hours.
Prerequisite: DN 733; Corequisite: DN 743
The DNP Capstone Project provides the student the opportunity for in-depth analysis, synthesis, and application of a chosen topic that contributes to an area of scholarship in advanced nursing practice. The DNP Capstone Project will be developed and implemented and the outcomes will be evaluated and disseminated across three sequential courses. DN 803 is the first of these courses. In this course, the student will appraise scientific theory, systematic experiential, contextual, and evidence-based practice, systems and organizational health policy, and models of health care delivery to design the DNP Capstone Project. In-depth work with experts from nursing and other disciplines will be incorporated to offer opportunities for meaningful student engagement and networking in the health care environment. The student will develop the DNP Capstone Project with guidance and oversight from the DNP Capstone Committee and a preceptor. This course has a practicum component of 120 hours.
The DNP Capstone Project provides the student the opportunity for in-depth analysis, synthesis, and application of a chosen topic that contributes to an area of scholarship in advanced nursing practice. The DNP Capstone Project will be developed and implemented and the outcomes will be evaluated and disseminated across three sequential courses. DN 813 is the second course in the series. In this course, the student will implement the Capstone Project in the practicum setting with oversight provided by the preceptor, faculty, and the DNP Capstone committee. This course has a practicum component of 120 hours.
The DNP Capstone Project provides you with the opportunity for in-depth analysis, synthesis, and application of a chosen topic that contributes to an area of scholarship in advanced nursing practice. The outcomes of the DNP Capstone Project will be developed and implemented and the outcomes will be evaluated and disseminated across three sequential courses. This course is the third and final course in the series. In this course, you will disseminate the outcomes of the Capstone Project in a written paper suitable for publication and a formal presentation. This course has a practicum component of 80 hours.
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