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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program builds on the student’s knowledge and expertise to strengthen advanced nursing practice, augment healthcare delivery, and improve patient outcomes. The program’s coursework covers a range of topics, including healthcare policy and advocacy, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, information systems/technology, advanced nursing practice, and organizational and systems leadership.
Prospective Washington students: Walden University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing; Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Leadership and Management, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. For more information, go to the following website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingEducation/NursingPrograms.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
- Translate research findings to direct evidence-based nursing practice.
- Develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs.
- Apply optimal utilization of healthcare information technology across healthcare settings.
- Advocate for the advancement of nursing and healthcare policy through sharing of science-based knowledge with healthcare policy makers.
- Demonstrate leadership to facilitate collaborative teams for improving patient and populations health outcomes.
- Utilize advanced nursing practice knowledge to implement methodologies to improve population health outcomes.
- Establish a foundation for lifelong learning for continual elevation of contributions to the field of nursing through active involvement in professional organizations and/or other professional bodies.
- Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
- Foundation course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (46 cr.)
- Field experience (up to 6 cr., for students with fewer than 500 documented clinical hours)
- Minimum 4 quarters’ enrollment
- Optional: Complete a DNP intensive retreat in Term 3 (NURS 8410) or beyond
Foundation Course (1 cr.)
Field Experience (up to 6 cr.)
Students with fewer than 500 documented clinical hours take up to 6 credits of field experience (see Determining Clinical Hours for Admissions section).
*Note: NURS 8400, 8410, 8500, and 8510 are a series of four courses in which students develop and complete their DNP Project.
**Note: NURS 8700 is taken concurrently with the practicum series courses specifically for working on DNP doctoral scholarly project.
***Note: NURS 8701 is taken after completion of the practicum courses specifically for DNP doctoral scholarly project completion.
Determining Clinical Hours for Admissions
To determine how many clinical hours students have upon entering the program, students must submit a letter from their previous master’s in nursing program. It must be sent from the program director, associate dean, or dean of their previous institution.
The letter must include all of the following items:
- Student’s full name
- University name, department, school
- Name and title of authority sending the letter (must be the program director or above), and contact information for follow-up if necessary
- Program director, associate dean, or dean’s signature
- University letterhead
- Date and title of degree earned
- Specialization earned
- Total number of preceptor verified field experience hours
The signed letter will be submitted as an element. Admissions will determine how many documented clinical hours students have completed prior to DNP entry and how many they will be required to complete in the DNP program (NURS 8600 - DNP Field Experience).
Doctoral Writing Assessment
Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.
The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing (BSN), Master’s Degree Program in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.
Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.