DNP Curriculum

A Unique Approach to Learning

The DNP curriculum listed below is intended for Post-Master's DNP students.

The France Payne Bolton School of Nursing has a unique approach to "distance" learning. Most classes are held in an Intensive Format, meeting for a specified number of days with additional meetings held online. For example, a 3-credit course will meet for 5-6 days. Two courses are held online across the semester. Intensive sessions are given three times a year (January, May, and August) for at least two weeks. Papers and projects are due in the semester following the intensive session. NUND 619 (proposal development) and 620 (scholarly project) are arranged with the advisor and NUND 611 is arranged with the advisor and preceptor/s.

DNP Leadership Elective Sequences

Most DNP students at the post-master's level are already practicing in roles as advanced practice nurses, administrators, or educators. Once admitted to the program, you will choose one of two elective sequences, Educational Leadership or Practice Leadership.

Educational Leadership Elective Sequence

The Educational Leadership elective sequence prepares doctoral level nurses to influence practice through education in clinical and academic settings. These electives include concepts and research related to learning theory, curriculum development, instructional strategies, evaluation, and testing.

Practice Leadership Elective Sequence 

The Practice Leadership elective sequence includes core content and models of leadership for nursing and healthcare. Students learn the skills of business planning for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Courses in the DNP Program

Course ID Course Title Credits
NUND 450 Applied Statistics 3
NUND 504 Nursing Theory 3
NUND 506 Leadership in Organizations & Systems 3
NUND 508 Health Policy Development & Implementation 3
NUND 510 Informatics 1
NUND 540 Practice Focused Inquiry I 3
NUND 541 Practice Focused Inquiry II 3
NUND 610 Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice 3
NUND 611 Practicum (Guidelines) 2
NUND 619 Proposal Development (Guidelines) 2
NUND 620 Scholarly Project (Guidelines) 3
Educational Leadership Electives
NUND 509 Curriculum and Instruction 3
NUND 609 Theoretical Foundations of Testing & Evaluation 2
Practice Leadership Electives
NUND 507 Management for Advance Practice 3
NUND 607 Advanced Leadership & Management 2

Combined PhD/DNP Program

Students may apply for the Combined PhD/DNP Program. See detailed information on the Dual Doctorate PhD/DNP website.