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

DNP Core Courses

CoursesCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research (Prerequisite) or approved transfer Graduate Research course3
IPC 512Health Policy & Finance3
IPC 601Role Development & Leadership3
IPC 750Doctoral Integrating Experience INC
IPC 850Doctoral Integrating Experience IINC
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement3
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
NUR 706DNP Leadership Practicum (120 clinical hours)2
NUR 707Advanced Leadership PracticumVariable (or waived)
NUR 710Health Information Technology3
NUR 715Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
NUR 800DNP I Project Planning & Development (120 clinical hours)3
NUR 810DNP II: Project Implementation (60 clinical hours)2
NUR 811Knowledge Dissemination1
NUR 820DNP III: Evaluation & Dissemination2
NUR 830 and
NUR 832 or
Clinical Role Immersion I and
Clinical Role Immersion II (for non-APRNs) or
Variable (or waived)
NUR 833Clinical Role Immersion II (for APRNs)Variable (or waived)
Total34 (minimum)

*Students may also be required to take additional credits in NUR 807 and NUR 811 or NUR 813 to meet the 1000 clinical hour requirement.

A minimum of 1000 clinical hours are required to complete the DNP. This includes prior hours that have been accepted from the student’s respective MSN program.

Applicants will need to submit a statement of previous clinical hours and certification, if applicable, at the time of admission.

If proof of clinical hours cannot be verified, students who are nationally certified will have 500 clinical hours waived.

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

Our nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. See more accreditation information.

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