Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Post-MSN​ DNP program is for RNs and APRNs who already possess a graduate degree in nursing and features two tracks: Advanced Practice and Leadership.

The Leadership Track focuses on executive-level skills and is suited for RNs and APRNs working within health care systems in areas such as education and administration.

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All Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students are required to complete the following coursework:

Core Curriculum

  • NUR 610* Information Systems and Technology of Advanced Practice3
  • NUR 630* Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
  • NUR 652* Evidence Based Practice I 3
  • NUR 660* Ethics in Clinical Practice 3
  • NUR 670* Leadership and Health Policy 3
  • NUR 690 Evidence Based Practice II 3
  • NUR 702 DNP Practice Project 6 (course is 3-6 hours variable credit; must be taken for minimum of 6 credit hours)
  • NUR 703 DNP Residency 3 (course is 1-5 hours variable credit; must be taken for minimum of 3 credit hours)

Advanced Practice Cognate Requirements

  • Either:
    • NUR 602, Business of Healthcare (3 credits), or
    • NUR 604, Academic Leadership in Nursing Education (3 credits)
  • NUR 622, Quality Management to Improve Health Outcomes (3 credits)
  • NUR 642, Leadership and Innovation (3 credits)

Additional Notes

  • All post-graduate ’s DNP students must complete a total of 1000 residency hours to earn their DNP degree. Students are eligible to apply any post-baccalaureate hours earned as part of an educational program towards their required 1000 hour total. This includes hours completed during post-baccalaureate, master’s degree, post-graduate ’s certificate or doctoral programs. Students must provide signed verification from their former educational institution in order for JU to evaluate and approve residency hours being applied from programs attended prior to beginning their DNP program at JU. Students are required to earn a minimum of 3 credits of NUR 703 or a minimum of 270 residency hours as part of their degree requirements during their final DNP project.
  • NUR 641, DNP Residency Hours, is an optional course that may be taken by students wanting to earn DNP practice hours while enrolled in 600-level courses. Each credit of residency (both NUR 641 and NUR 703) equates to a minimum of 90 clock hours, and is not to exceed 134 total hours per credit.
  • Students must be enrolled in coursework the semesterthe degree is awarded. The degree must be awarded within five (5) years of starting the program.