2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) 
    
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2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


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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.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Translate research findings to direct evidence-based nursing practice.
  2. Develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs.
  3. Apply optimal utilization of healthcare information technology across healthcare settings.
  4. Advocate for the advancement of nursing and healthcare policy through sharing of science-based knowledge with healthcare policy makers.
  5. Demonstrate leadership to facilitate collaborative teams for improving patient and populations health outcomes.
  6. Utilize advanced nursing practice knowledge to implement methodologies to improve population health outcomes.
  7. 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.

Accreditation

Walden University’s DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

Degree Requirements

  •  47–53 total credits, depending on number of previously documented clinical hours
  • 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

Core Curriculum

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).
 

Course Sequence


Course Sequence 

Quarter

Course

Credits

 1

NURS 8000 - Foundations and Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing

1

NURS 8110 - Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Nursing

5

 2
 

NURS 8200 - Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

5

NURS 8210 - Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology

 5

 3
 

NURS 8300 - Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement

5

NURS 8410 - Best Practices in Nursing

A program/project to intervene with clinical/practice questions under the guidance of an approved clinical mentor will be developed.

The course is designed with 5 credits (4 didactic, 1 clinical) at a 1:6 ratio* = 72 clinical hours. The student will generate Portfolio Evidence Plan to address clinical/practice questions (e.g., program planning, practice change, consultation, quality improvement project, or pilot study proposal with any necessary IRB approvals).

5

4 cr. didactic

1 cr. clinical

(72 hours)

 4
 

NURS 8310 - Epidemiology and Population Health

5

NURS 8400 - Evidence-Based Practice I: Assessment and Design

Students will identify the clinical/practice question for their project and select a faculty mentor for their DNP project.

The course is designed with 5 credits (4 didactic, 1 clinical) at a 1:6 ratio* = 72 clinical hours. The student will develop Portfolio Evidence: Integrative critical review that familiarizes the student with the literature and results in identification of a clinical practice question.

 5

4 credits didactic

1 credit clinical

(72 hrs)

 5

NURS 8100 - Healthcare Policy and Advocacy

5

NURS 8500 - Evidence-Based Practice II: Planning and Implementation

Advanced Practice Focus or Aggregate Systems Focus

This DNP practicum course will focus on the implementation of program/project design to intervene with clinical/practice questions under the guidance of an approved clinical mentor.

As a practicum course, the course is designed with 3 credits at a 1:6 ratio* = 216 clinical hours. Additionally, the student will generate practicum portfolio evidence: Systematic review that drills down to the evidence regarding the clinical/practice question and resulting findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

3 cr. clinical

(216 clinical hours)

 

NURS 8510 - Evidence-Based Practice III: Implementation, Evaluation, and Dissemination

Advanced Practice Focus or Aggregate Systems Focus

This DNP practicum course will focus on evaluation and dissemination of a program/project design to intervene with clinical/practice questions under the guidance of an approved clinical mentor. 

As a practicum course, the course is designed with 3 credits at a 1:6 ratio* = 216 clinical hours. Additionally, the student will generate practicum portfolio evidence: Submission of scholarly article for refereed publication and/or actual presentation (podium) and completed portfolio requirements (resume, self-evaluation, and reflection)

3 cr. clinical

(216 clinical hours)

NURS 8701 - DNP Project Completion

Students who do not complete their DNP project during NURS 8510 will be automatically enrolled in NURS 8701 until their DNP project is complete.
3

NURS 8600 - DNP Field Experience

Students take the DNP Field Experience course up to 6 times based on clinical hours attained prior to DNP admission.

16 cr.

Depending upon total clinical hours earned prior to DNP admission

(576 clinical hours total)

Estimated time to completion is 1824 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Students may transfer up to 20 doctoral credits, but must take a minimum of 45 credits at Walden. Work experience is not eligible for transfer of credit. For a personalized estimate of time to completion and to find out about transfer of credits, contact an enrollment advisor.

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:

  • Date
  • 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).

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