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
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
NUR 899Professional Dissemination ElectiveVariable or Waived
Total Credits40 (minimum)

DNP APRN/NP Track

PrerequisitesCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research or approved transfer Graduate Research course3
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
NUR 899Professional Dissemination ElectiveVariable or Waived – Min. 1
Total Credits34 (minimum)

Two-Year Track

First Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 512Health Care Policy and Finance3
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement in Health Care3
Credits9
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research3
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
Credits6
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 550Integrating Experience INC
IPC 601Role Development and Leadership3
NUR 715Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
Credits6
Second Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 706DNP Leadership Practicum Post-Master's
2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
2
NUR 710Health Information Technology3
NUR 800DNP Project I: Planning and Development
1 semester credit, 2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
3
Credits8
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 810DNP Project II: Implementation
1 semester credit, 1 clinical credit - 60 clinical hours
2
NUR 811Knowledge Dissemination1
Credits3
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 650Integrating Experience IINC
NUR 820DNP Project III: Evaluation Dissemination2
NUR 832 or
NUR 833
Clinical Role Immersion II Non-NP or
Clinical Role Immersion II NP
1-3 clinical credits - 60-180 clinical hours
Waived if 1,000 clinical hour requirement is met
1-3
Credits2 (or more)
Total Combined Credits34 (or more)
NC = Non-Credit Bearing

Three-Year Track

First Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 512Health Care Policy and Finance3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement in Health Care3
Total Credits6
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
NUR 710Health Information Technology3
Total6
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 550Integrating Experience INC
IPC 601Role Development and Leadership3
Total3
Second Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR 706DNP Leadership Practicum Post-Master's
2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
2
Total5
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research3
Total3
Summer SemesterCredits
NUR 715Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
Total3
Third Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 800DNP Project I: Planning and Development
1 semester credit, 2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
3
Total3
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 810DNP Project II: Implementation
1 semester credit, 1 clinical credit - 60 clinical hours
2
NUR 811Knowledge Dissemination1
Total3
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 650Integrating Experience IINC
NUR 820DNP Project III: Evaluation and Dissemination2
NUR 832 or
NUR 833
Clinical Role Immersion II Non-NP or
Clinical Role Immersion II NP
1-3 clinical credits - 60-180 clinical hours
Waived if 1,000 clinical hour requirement is met
1-3
Total2 (or more)
Total Combined Credits34 (or more)
NC = Non-Credit Bearing

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