Welcome to the DNP Program

Orientation Information

Along with the information you should be provided on parking, IDs, etc., there are a few additional items that you need to pay attention to as you proceed in the program (see below). Important information regarding policies and procedures are located in the following places: The School of Nursing Bulletin and Student Handbook. View the five year academic calendar . If you have any questions, contact the clinical preceptor coordinator or Dr. Latina Brooks, MSN & DNP Program Director.

APRN Clinical Compliance Requirements


All students must maintain current CPR certification while enrolled in clinical courses. Proof of CPR certification must be uploaded to Typhon, and Program Assistant notified.

Drug Screen

All students must provide documentation of a negative 10-panel urine drug screen annually, and upload into Typhon. Drug screens must only be arranged through CastleBranch for $37.


Before you start clinicals, you must provide proof of immunization status for the following:

  • MMR or positive titer
  • Varicella or positive titer
  • Hepatitis B or positive titer
  • Polio or positive titer
  • Negative PPD within the past year (or negative chest x-ray if unable to have PPD)
  • TDAP
  • Influenza vaccine by November 1 each year

Documentation of all of the above must be uploaded to Typhon, and you must notify the Program Assistant once you've uploaded your documents so they may be reviewed prior to beginning in the clinical area.


We need to have a copy of your official report from BCI/FBI regarding criminal background check (fingerprinting).

Fingerprinting can be arranged on an individual basis at Police & Security Services. Contact Detective Sergeant Schemmel, CWRU Police at 216.368.5993 or djs49@case.edu.

  • Fees: Ohio BCI $35, FBI $35.
  • To help complete the fingerprint process quickly, please bring your CWRU ID, any documentation requesting fingerprinting, and a driver’s license or state-issued ID.

Fingerprinting can also be arranged through National Webcheck Community; view locations and prices at ohioattorneygeneral.gov/webcheck.

Advanced Certifications

Advanced Certifications are required for some APRN majors. It is expected that these advanced certifications will be obtained outside of course and clinical hours and at the student’s expense. Examples of Advanced Certifications include:

  • ACLS for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • PALS for pediatric acute care nurse practitioner
  • NRP for neonatal nurse practitioner and midwifery
  • Labor support course for midwifery
  • Fetal monitor interpretation course for midwifery
  • CCRN for anesthesia

This list is not exhaustive, and requirements can change. Contact the program director for your major for the most current list of required advanced certifications.