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. 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.

DNP Leadership Electives

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

Educational Leadership Electives

The Educational Leadership electives prepare 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.

Clinical Leadership Electives

The Clinical Leadership electives include core content and models of leadership for nursing and healthcare. Students learn the skills of business planning for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

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 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

Sample DNP - PhD Program Plan

*Academic year only

Year Fall Spring

(3-NURS 506)

Applied statistics 
(3-NURS 532 or NUND 450)

Research methods I 
(3-NURS 530)

Theory development 
(3-NURS 511)

Research methods II 
(3-NURS 531)

Leadership in organizations 
(3-NUND 506)


Theories for practice and scholarship (3-NUND 504)

Health policy 
(3-NURS 609 or NUND 508)

Linear models 
(3-NURS 630)

Qualitative research 
(3-NURS 518)

Practice focused research 
(3-NUND 540)

Multivariate analysis
(3-NURS 631)


Informatics (1-NUND 510)

Translating evidence into practice (3-NUND 610)

Elective (3)

Topical seminar 
(3-NURS 615or elective

Curriculum and instruction 
(3-NUND 509or 
Management in advanced practice (3-NUND 507)

Testing and evaluation 
(2-NUND 609or 
Advanced leadership and management (2-NUND 607)

Topical seminar (3-NURS 615)
or elective

4 Proposal development 
(3-NURS 671

Scholarly Project (2-NUND 620)

Integrated practicum 
(2-NUND 611)

5 Dissertation (9-NURS 701) Dissertation (9-NURS 701)


  • Courses designated by NURS are courses within the PhD in nursing program
  • Courses designated by NUND are courses within the DNP program
  • 240 hour research practicum is required for PhD program – can be taken any time before NURS 671
  • At least one NURS 615 course is required

Overlapping Courses

  • Applied stats (3 credits) is cross-listed
  • Health Policy (3 credits) is cross listed
  • DNP Practice-focused inquiry (NUND 541) is replaced by PhD Research Methods (NURS 530 and NURS 531)
  • DNP proposal development is replaced by PhD proposal development (NURS 671) – students complete a two-part proposal to meet requirements for both a scholarly project and the dissertation; the scholarly project is viewed as a stepping stone toward the dissertation.