Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Become a leader in nursing and help shape the future of patient care.

Reach the height of your nursing education with a doctorate program that focuses on clinical expertise and expanding your career opportunities.

The part-time study plan offers an alternative to the traditional doctoral degree program by focusing on collaborative clinical learning in partnership with Penn Medicine-Lancaster General Health.

Customize your program based on your previous academic and professional experience.

 

Curriculum

The core courses of the DNP are listed below. The core curriculum represents the common courses taken by all DNP students, regardless of track. The core courses listed as variable (or waived) are included with the intention of providing adequate clinical hours to ensure all students have the necessary clinical exposure to reach
the required 1,000 clinical hours to obtain a DNP degree.

Clinical Leadership Track

PrerequisitesCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research or approved transfer Graduate Research course3
Graduate Orientation Experience
Clinical Hours from MSN Degree
CoursesCredits
IPC 512Health Policy & Finance3
IPC 850Doctoral Integrating Experience IINC
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement3
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
NUR 801Introduction to the DNP2
NUR 803Nursing Leadership for Quality and Safety3
NUR 806Leadership Practicum2
NUR 807Advanced Leadership Practicum3
NUR 809Health Information Technology3
NUR 811Clinical Role Immersion I 3
NUR 813Clinical Role Immersion IIWaived or 3
NUR 815Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
NUR 816DNP I Project Planning and Development3
NUR 817DNP II Project Implementation3
NUR 818DNP III Evaluation & Dissemination2
NUR 819Knowledge Dissemination1
Total Credits40 (minimum)

DNP APRN/NP Track

PrerequisitesCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research or approved transfer Graduate Research course3
Graduate Orientation Experience
Clinical Hours from MSN Degree
CoursesCredits
IPC 512Health Policy & Finance3
IPC 850Integrating Experience IINC
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement3
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
NUR 801Introduction to the DNP2
NUR 803Nursing Leadership for Quality and Safety3
NUR 806Leadership Practicum2
NUR 807Advanced Leadership PracticumWaived or 3
NUR 809Health Information Technology3
NUR 815Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
NUR 816DNP I Project Planning and Development3
NUR 817DNP II Project Implementation3
NUR 818DNP III Evaluation & Dissemination2
NUR 819Knowledge Dissemination1
Total Credits34 (minimum)

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.

 

Faculty

Suzanne Fischer Prestoy PhD, RN

Suzanne Fischer Prestoy PhD, MSN, RN

Dr. Suzanne Prestoy is Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. She joined the college in 2018 bringing a rich background in Nursing Education, Clinical Practice and Hospital Leadership. Dr. Prestoy has over 50 international, national and regional publications, presentations and grants. As a clinical nurse specialist, she developed interdisciplinary practice improvements in the hospital and community. She received her PhD from New York University in Research and Theory Development in Nursing, her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a BS degree in Nursing from Wilkes University. Dr. Prestoy finds working with DNP candidates gratifying and enjoys mentoring Nursing scholars to improve health care.

 

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