Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Overview

Overview
Program Outcomes
Admission Requirements
Application Requirements
Curriculum Plan
DNP Core Courses
DNP Core Course Descriptions
Accreditation
Additional Information

Overview

In Spring, 2011, Kent State University College of Nursing began offering the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, at the Post-MSN level. Students prepare for their roles as advanced practice nurses to provide leadership and apply research evidence to clinical practice, and contribute to improved health care outcomes via direct practice, policy change, systems evaluation, and practice scholarship. In Fall, 2013, the College of Nursing began offering the Post-BSN to DNP degree. The Kent State University College of Nursing's DNP program was fully accredited in November, 2013, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Kent State University offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with 2 entry points. 

  • The Post-MSN to DNP emphasizes the interplay among advances in scientific knowledge, technology, and information systems in support of quality patient care outcomes and their impact on human health.
  • The Post-BSN to DNP degree, builds on the highly successful MSN clinical programs. The DNP program prepares students to function in clinical, managerial or leadership roles as dictated by their concentration and role specialties.

Scaffolding onto the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) and the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) concentrations, the Post-BSN to DNP program develops our future nursing leaders who will influence clinical practice and health care policy.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), offering an advanced practice nursing program at the doctoral level serves as a   "...response to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs.  It supports advanced practice nurses in securing "… the knowledge required to provide leadership in the discipline of nursing," a discipline that is complex and rapidly changing.

The AACN recommends that all entry-level advanced practice educational programs be transitioned from the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to the DNP degree by the year 2015.  KSU's 8 advanced practice MSN concentrations will transition to the DNP by that time.

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Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Use appropriate theories and concepts to identify health-related phenomena of interest
  2. Design and deliver interventions that can withstand scientific analysis
  3. Evaluate health care delivery and nursing practices using sound evaluation principles
  4. Use evaluation and other methods to account for quality of care and patient safety for focus populations
  5. Critically appraise and/or use sources informing best evidence, i.e. epidemiology, statistics, health data, and/or methodologies 
  6. Deliver and evaluate care processes and outcomes based on best evidence
  7. Analyze and define critical choices among health care technologies and information systems toward the betterment of care processes and outcomes
  8. Understand the dynamics of health care policy and financing at the organizational and national levels
  9. Provide or assist in the leadership of collaborative, inter-professional teams in health care delivery

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Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program (from a MSN program for the Post-MSN applicant and a BSN program for the Post-BSN applicant).
  2. Current active unrestricted RN license from the state where they will complete clinical experiences, and ultimately, practice. Post-MSN applicants also need a current national APRN certification.
  3. Clinical experience as a registered nurse (length of experience may be determined by the study concentration).

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Application Requirements for Post-MSN to DNP

  1. Online application http://www.kent.edu/admissions/apply/graduate/index.cfm  
    • Include in your application, as an attachment, an essay delineating your career leadership goals and plans for your DNP scholarly study project. In the essay, lucidly address the specific position of leadership (e.g., program director, legislator, professor) which you plan to attain within 3-5 years after completing the DNP program. Identify a specific focus or need in the health care or educational services and/or policies that you would address within your stated role. This focus or need should be applicable to health care and the educational issues, both now and in the future. The identified topic would be the foundation for your DNP scholarly project. The scope of this DNP scholarly project should be comprehensive enough to address the specific focus or need as it applies across, for example, a system, organization, region or population. This essay is an integral component of the application and will serve as the framework for the interview with a faculty member. The essay should be at least 2-3 pages in length utilizing current APA 6th edition formatting.
  2. Application fee.
  3. Transcripts from each university where nine or more credit hours were earned.
  4. Three letters of reference from healthcare professionals who can address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the DNP graduate program.
  5. Signed record or copy of clinical hours record from previous program on the University's letterhead.
  6. CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  7. A sample of written work that indicates the logic and writing skills of the applicant, for example, by an essay, term paper, theses, published article, or professional report.
  8. An interview, by phone or in person, with DNP faculty may be requested following review of the application.

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Application Requirements for Post-BSN to DNP

  1. The applicant must first have applied and been accepted into an APN concentration program.
  2. Application fee.
  3. Transcripts from each university where nine or more credit hours were earned.
  4. Three letters of reference from health care professionals who can address the applicant's potential to succeed in the DNP graduate program.
  5. CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  6. A sample of written work that indicates the logic and writing skills of the applicant, for example, by and essay, term paper, theses, published article, or professional report.
  7. Include in your application, as an attachment, an essay delineating your career leadership goals and plans for your DNP scholarly study project. In the essay, lucidly address the specific positions of leadership (e.g., program director, legislator, professor) which you plan to attain within 3-5 years after completing the DNP program. Identify a specific focus or need in the health care or educational services and/or policies that you would address within your stated role. This focus or need should be applicable to health care and the education issues, both now and in the future. The identified topic would be the foundation for your DNP scholarly project. The scope of this DNP scholarly project should be comprehensive enough to address the specific focus or needs as it applies across, for example, a system, organization, region or population. This essay is an integral component of the application and will serve as the framework for the interview with a faculty member. The essay should be at least 2-3 pages in length utilizing current APA 6th edition formatting.
  8. An interview, by phone or in person, with DNP faculty may be requested following review of the application.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum Model

DNP Core Courses - Post-MSN to DNP

DNP core courses (37 semester credit hours) are:

1. Advanced Healthcare Statistics I 3
2. Advanced Leadership in Healthcare 3
3. Synthesis and Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
4. Epidemiology for Advanced Practice Nurses
3
5. Health Informatics
3
6. Medical Genomics
3
7. Program Evaluation in Nursing
3
8. Clinical Scholar I 3
9. Clinical Scholar II 4
10. Clinical Scholar Practicum 3
11. DNP Scholarly Study Project 6

DNP Courses - Post-BSN to DNP

The Post-BSN to DNP Curriculum includes the DNP core courses listed above. The curriculum also includes the following courses (22 semester credit hours):

1. Theoretic Foundations for Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
3
2. Clinical Diagnostics for Advanced Practice Nursing
3
3. Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing
3
4. Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing
3
5. Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems
2
6. Ethical & Cultural Issues in Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
2
7. Methods of Inquiry
3
8. Advanced Assessment of Adult Clients Across the Lifespan
3

The Post-BSN to DNP student will also take specialty courses that vary according to the particular current MSN Advanced Practice concentrations (12-34 semester credit hours).

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DNP Core Course Descriptions

  1. KSU  NURS70727 ADVANCED HEALTHCARE STATISTICS  3 cr. hr. (Note: course is part of the joint PhD in Nursing curriculum, and although taught either at KSU, students register at their university of record) In-depth examination of descriptive statistics, correlation, regression, multiple regression sets, scaling, nonlinear transformation, missing data, and interactive effects; including initial manipulation of data, integrating understanding of inference and probability. Doctoral standing or special approval from department.
  2. NURS70640 ADVANCED LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE   3 cr. hr. Advanced competencies of the doctoral-prepared advanced practice nurse for transformational interprofessional leadership in healthcare to improve patient and population health outcomes are addressed. Five key leadership competencies including creating and leading change; self-knowledge; strategic vision; interpersonal communication; and organizational effectiveness are presented with examples and case studies. Transcending themes of ethics, research, interprofessional collaboration, creativity, and insuring accountability are addressed throughout the course. Students conduct a self-assessment, and develop and implement individualized action plans for advanced competency in interprofessional healthcare leadership. Doctoral standing or special approval from department.
  3. NURS70602 SYNTHESIS AND APPLICATION OF EVIDENCE FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE   3 cr. hr. Focus of course is on the concepts, models, and methods for implementation of evidence-based nursing practice at both individual clinician and system levels.  Competencies for the identification, analysis, synthesis, and application of evidence relevant to nursing and health care practice are developed.  Factors that facilitate and impede implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice are considered. Students learn skills necessary for identification of clinical problems in advanced practice nursing and promoting adoption and implementation of evidence-based solutions to promote patient health outcomes.  Prerequisite: KSU/UA  NURS70727/8200:607
  4. NURS 70795 SPECIAL TOPICS: EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3 cr. hr. Study of important topics in nursing practice, research on the profession. Offering in response to existing interests and opportunities. Doctoral standing or special approval from nursing.
  5. IAKM 80401 HEALTH INFORMATICS MANAGEMENT 3 cr. hr. Covers the areas encompassing Health Information management including the planning, selection, deployment, and management of electronic medical records (EMR), management decision-support and tracking systems (DSS), and other health information technologies (HIT). Prerequisite: doctoral standing.
  6. BSCI 80145 – MEDICAL GENOMICS 3 cr. Hr.  Explores the relationship and contribution of genetics and genomics to healthcare issues, including disease susceptibility and therapeutic efficacy. Up-to-date genomics concepts and their applications to health care and the challenges of personalized medicine including genetic analyses (e.g., linkage and estimating population risks), ethical issues in genetic testing and therapy, genetic basis of disease processes (e.g., neurological, cardiovascular and neoplastic diseases) and epigenetic processed (that may link the environment to the risk of chronic diseases) are covered. This course requires and understanding of genetics and physiology; students should contact the Department of Biological Sciences to determine if they have the requisite prior training. Prerequisites: doctoral standing and special approval.
  7. NURS 70605 PROGRAM EVALUATION FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3 cr. hr.  
    Overview of developing, implementing and evaluating public health programs. Examines how public health programs can target different levels within a population, different determinants of health and strategies and interventions. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  8. NURS 70600 CLINICAL SCHOLAR I    3 cr. hr. (2 credit seminar; 1 credit clinical: 90 hrs.)
    First of two seminar courses accompanied by clinical practice with expert preceptors.  Focus is on transitioning to the clinical scholar leader role within an identified area of advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the epistemology underlying advanced nursing practice and the integration of theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practice principles in achieving optimal health outcomes for individuals and groups. Comprises 2 didactic content hours per week and a clinical practicum of 7 hours per week. Prerequisite:NURS 60601 and doctoral standing or special approval from department.
  9. NURS 70610 CLINICAL SCHOLAR II   4 cr. hr. (2 cr. seminar; 2 cr. clinical: 180 hrs.)
    The focus of this second seminar course is on translating and integrating theory and scientific evidence into the clinical work of the advanced practice nurse. Culturally-aware approaches are developed to resolve a healthcare issue using theoretic models and principles of evidence-based practice to design innovative interventions. Comprises 2 didactic content hours per week and a clinical practicum of 14 hours per week. Prerequisite: NURS 70600 and NURS 70602.
  10. NURS 70692 CLINICAL SCHOLAR PRACTICUM   3 cr. hr. (3 cr. hr. clinical: 270 hrs.)
    Synthesis of components of clinical scholar leader role comprises this practicum. Students apply advanced leadership and clinical scholarship skills to developing and evaluating approaches to healthcare problems in a practicum setting. Prerequisite: NURS 70610; Pre/Co-requisite: NURS 70640.
  11. NURS 76199 DNP SCHOLARLY STUDY PROJECT I   2-6 cr. hr.
    Faculty and preceptor-directed project that contributes to nursing practice knowledge.  Culminates in an oral defense and a publishable manuscript. DNP scholarly study project students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester, distributed over three semesters if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: NURS 70600; Co-requisite: NURS 70610.
  12. NURS 76299 DNP SCHOLARLY STUDY PROJECT  II   1-3 cr. hr.
    DNP scholarly study project students must continue registration until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: KSU: NURS 76100.

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Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120. Phone: (202) 887-6791; www.aacn.nche.edu.

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Additional Information

For additional information, please call 330-672-2234 or 330-672-8761 Or contact:

Dr. Connie S. Tezie, DNP, NP-C, DNP Program Director ctezie1@kent.edu
Terrie Adams, Graduate Program Special Assistant tadams27@kent.edu

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