DNP Course of Study

The Vanderbilt Doctor of Nursing Practice program can be entered with either a BSN or MSN degree and requires a total of 74 credits including a minimum of 39 master level credits either taken at the School of Nursing or transferred from another accredited MSN program  and 35 doctoral level credits taken at Vanderbilt.  Applicants with a BSN degree have the opportunity to make a seamless transition from our advanced practice nursing MSN program into the DNP program.  Applicants applying with a BSN degree should complete the online MSN application and indicate their intention to progress directly in to the DNP program after completing MSN degree requirements. Please refer to the MSN program information for the details regarding your advanced practice interest area.

 

For applicants entering with an MSN degree, our program is structured as a post-master’s program for  graduates of accredited Advanced Practice Nursing  (NP, CNM, CNS, CRNA, nursing administration or nursing informatics) Master of Science in Nursing programs. Students must complete 35 credits of coursework at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, including 500 hours of clinical integration, and a scholarly project. DNP students attend an intensive on-campus experience  in Nashville for approximately one week each semester. During this on campus time, students attend course orientation sessions, meet with faculty mentors and invited lecturers and attend various networking and social events with other doctoral students and faculty. Attendance at these one-week sessions is mandatory. Full time students will make a total of 4 visits to campus; part time students will visit 6 times. Other coursework, scholarly interaction and practice application takes place online and in students’ home locations, so that relocation or change of employment is not necessary. A variety of state-of-the-art online and distance learning technologies and techniques to facilitate the program and enrich students’ learning experience is utilized. The majority of coursework will be asynchronous. Synchronous activities will be scheduled by the faculty in advance. Working with clinical partners in health care agencies/organizations, students will apply knowledge and skills gained from coursework to their practice settings. These practice experiences will build on the strengths of the Master’s/APN curriculum, while transitioning students to the doctoral level.


MSN applicants can pursue a new Advanced Practice Nursing specialty in conjunction with the DNP degree. Completion of a post-master’s certificate in conjunction with the DNP will extend the length of the programs of study. The program length will be based on an individual portfolio review. These applicants should address their career goals in the new specialty as part of the DNP goal Statement.

 

Dates of Required On-Campus Intensive Session for 2013-14

Fall 2013 August 26-30
Spring 2014 January 13-16
Summer 2014 May 5-8

 

Scholarly Project

A hallmark of Vanderbilt’s practice doctorate is the successful completion of a scholarly project that demonstrates the synthesis of the student’s experiences. The scholarly project will embrace learning from both coursework and clinical practice application. The scholarly project will be reviewed and evaluated by a faculty mentor and scholarly project committee, which will be chaired by a member of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty with doctoral preparation and who is actively engaged in practice relevant to the student’s topic of interest. Successful completion of a scholarly project demonstrating the synthesis of the student’s coursework and practice application, culminating in a final manuscript and public presentation.

 


Full-Time Course of Study for Students entering with an MSN degree

(other courses may be added as appropriate topics and faculty are identified)

 

 

SEMESTER 1

 
N410 Evidence-Based Practice I: The Nature of Evidence 2
N412 Informatics for Scholarly Practice 2
N414 Statistics in Health Sciences 3
N424 Epidemiology 3
 

SEMESTER 2

 
N420 Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice I 1
N422 Evidence-Based Practice II: Evaluating and Applying Evidence 3
N442 Quality Improvement & Patient Safety 3
  Elective 2
 

SEMESTER 3

 
N430 Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice II 1

N432


or N434

Health Care Economics and Finance


Advanced Health Care Economics and Finance


(Experienced health care leaders should take N434 instead of N432)

3



3

N444


or N445

Management of Organizations and Systems


Evidence-Based Management in Health Care Organizations and Systems


(Experienced health care leaders should take N445 instead of N444)

3



3

 

Elective

2

  SEMESTER 4
 
N440 Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice III 2
N452 Health Policy 2
N454 Legal and Ethical Environment 3
  Total 35

 

Part-Time Course of Study for Students entering with an MSN degree

(other courses may be added as appropriate topics and faculty are identified)

 

  SEMESTER 1  
N410 Evidence-Based Practice I: The Nature of Evidence 2
N412 Informatics for Scholarly Practice 2
  SEMESTER 2  
N414 Statistics in Health Sciences 3
N422 Evidence-Based Practice II: Evaluating and Applying Evidence 3
  SEMESTER 3  
N424 Epidemiology 3
N442 Quality Improvement & Patient Safety 3

 

YEAR 2

 

 

SEMESTER 4

 
N420c Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice I 1

N432


or N434

Health Care Economics and Finance


Advanced Health Care Economics and Finance


(Experienced health care leaders should take N434 instead of N432)

3



3

 

SEMESTER 5

 
N430b Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice II 1

N444


or N445

Management of Organizations and Systems


Evidence-Based Management in Healthcare Organizations and Systems


(Experienced health care leaders should take N445 instead of N444)

3



3

N452 Health Policy 2
 

SEMESTER 6

 
N440b Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice III 2
N454 Legal and Ethical Environment 3
  Elective 2
  Elective 2
  Total 35