Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Description

Wright State University College of Nursing and Health, in a consortium with the University of Toledo College of Nursing, offers a joint, online, post-master’s DNP program. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate is prepared to lead in the transformation of the health care system. By translating findings into practice and tracking outcomes at the individual, systems, and population levels, the DNP will ensure quality and safety. These same skills will also position the DNP to lead policy efforts in the broader health care arena. Nurses prepared as DNPs are the health care leaders of tomorrow. 

We currently offer a full-time or part-time individualized program of study to meet the needs of each student. The 36 semester hour curriculum includes eleven courses focusing on nursing knowledge and practice. In accordance with AACN recommendations for 1000 academically supervised post-BSN clinical hours to earn a DNP degree, 520 hours of academically supervised practicums in clinical practice or leadership are included in the program. All students will be required to document their previous graduate level clinical hours. Individualized programs of study will be developed to assure compliance with the 1000 hour minimum requirement.

Course assignments emphasize skill development and the operational use of knowledge in complex practice settings, including:

  • Population-based intervention (assessing target populations, writing proposals)
  • Marketing and entrepreneurship (marketing strategies, financial analysis, resource development)
  • Systems and organizations (organizational assessment, healthcare financing & management)
  • Quality management and performance improvement (performance benchmarks & tools)
  • Evidence-based practice (appraising evidence, intervention design, evaluation of outcomes, dissemination through written, verbal and online presentations)
  • Information management and technology (databases, patient care technology, workflow analysis)
  • Health policy

Concentrations:

The post-master’s DNP at Wright State University and the University of Toledo offer a choice of two concentrations: direct care advanced practice nurses (APRN, CNS, CNM, and CRNA) or indirect care/leadership (Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Educators, or Public Health).

To obtain additional information about the program, please view the Doctor Nursing Practice Program Handbook.

Download the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Handbook 2014-2015 (PDF)

Download the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Handbook 2013-2014 (PDF)

Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1

Be a master's prepared nurse, having earned a MS in nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your graduate work

2

Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license

3

Complete a graduate level advanced multivariate statistics course with a grade of B or better within five (5) years of enrolling in the Applied Nursing Research course offered during the second term of the program.

4

Apply to the Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (Do not use the recommendation form on the Graduate School page).
  • Five page statement of goals related to DNP education to be submitted in a document separate from the application form. The short goals statement on the application form will not suffice.
  • Copy of your resume / CV
5

Submit the following to the program director:

  • Copy of appropriate APRN credentials for the state where you plan to conduct clinical experiences (eg: COA or national certification)
  • Documentation of graduate level supervised clinical hours
  • Verification of Prior Academic Clinical Hours form which is available on the DNP student website (site is open to registered DNP students only). Students who have fewer than 480 documented academically supervised clinical hours will be required to supplement their program of study with additional clinical hours. An individualized program of study will be organized to allow for a total of 1000 graduate level clinical hours (Master's plus DNP) at the time of graduation. These clinical hours will require registration for additional semester hours beyond the basic program of study.
6

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Sue Bevan, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Applications are due April 1. They will be reviewed and interviews scheduled in April with decisions made in early May.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the Program Director.

Download the Graduate Financial Aid Application

Curriculum

On-line classes will be a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities and will vary depending on the needs of the course. Synchronous on-line classes will generally be scheduled for evening hours.  There will be a mandatory on-campus orientation day prior to the first class in the sequence. This orientation day will occur in the summer prior to the first day of classes.

Sample Plan of Study

Term I - Fall

  • NUR 8001/7010** Scientific Basis of Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 8008/7050 IT in Nursing & Health Care - 3 credit hours

Term II - Spring

  • NUR 8003/7040 Applied Nursing Research - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 8002/7060 Population Health - 3 credit hours

Term III - Fall

  • NUR 8004/7020 Org & Systems Leadership in Health Care - 3 credit hours (40 hours clinical)
  • NUR 8005/7090 Project Seminar - 3 credit hours

Term IV - Spring

  • NUR 8006/7070 Marketing & Entrepreneurial Activity in Complex Health Care - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 8007/7030 Quality Mgt & Performance Improvement in HC Orgs. - 3 credit hours (40 hours clinical)

Term V - Fall

  • NUR 8101/7080 Evidence Based Nursing in Direct Care - 3 credit hours (80 hours clinical) OR
  • NUR 8201/7180 Evidence Based Leadership in Complex Health Systems - 3 credit hours (80 hours clinical)

Term VI - Spring

  • NUR 8099/7100 Doctoral Project - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 8102/7970 Final Practicum: Patient Care - 6 credit hours (360 hours clinical) OR
    NUR 8202/7980 Final Practicum: Indirect Care - 6 credit hours (360 hours clinical)

The Doctoral Project course (NUR 8099) can be taken as variable credits with advisement from project chair.

Total Program Credits 36 Semester credit hours

*Revision approved 2/09. Effective Spring 2011

**Course numbers: 8000s = WSU; 7000s = UT

Course Descriptions

NUR 8001/701

Course Title: Scientific Basis of Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: This course examines nursing science from a broad range of perspectives. The emphasis is on identification and analysis of nursing phenomena, use of nursing science to manage phenomena, and evaluation of outcomes.

NUR 8002/706

Course Title: Population Health (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: This course uses epidemiologic models to analyze and construct interventions for health care delivery systems. The focus is on safe, quality, culturally-appropriate advanced nursing practice activities to meet emerging world needs.

NUR 8003/704

Course Title: Applied Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: This course is an extension of basic research and utilization methods. The focus is on preparing the student for leadership in clinical research, and research utilization.

NUR 8004/702

Course Title: Org and Systems Leadership in Health Care (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: Examines application of organizational and leadership theories/strategies to assess process/outcomes in complex practice settings, health care organizations, and communities with a focus on the APN role in analyzing clinical patterns and issues.

NUR 8005/707

Course Title: Project Seminar (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: This course provides a forum to articulate and explore advanced nursing practice roles and responsibilities. The focus will be on leading nursing practice in patient advocacy, teaching, collaboration, and the design and
provision of care.

NUR 8006/707

Course Title: Marketing and Entrepreneurial Activities in Complex Health Care (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: This course examines marketing and entrepreneurial strategies for advanced nursing practice in complex health care systems.  The focus is on creating and evaluating marketing plans and entrepreneurial activities.

NUR 8007/703

Course Title: Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Health Care Organizations (3 credit hours, 40 hours clinical)
Catalog Description: Examines the principles and practice of quality management in health care organizations and clinical performance in care delivery and outcomes.  Focus is on the role and accountability of the advanced practice nurse working with a collaborative team for maintaining patient safety and improving quality of care.

NUR 8008/705

Course Title: IT in Nursing and Health Care (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: Systematic assessment of clinical and administrative information needs of health care systems. Examines the technology and strategies needed to support patients, nurses, and health care delivery in dynamic environmental systems.

NUR 8099/710

Course Title: Evidence Based Practice (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: This course is a guided, independent project utilizing research to improve patient outcomes, health care delivery, or nursing practice. An extensive, complex scholarly project will be produced in lieu of a traditional doctoral dissertation. Requirements include a proposal defense and final defense of the project.

NUR 8101/708

Course Title: Evidence Based Nursing in Direct Care (3 credit hours, 80 hours clinical)
Catalog Description: This course examines evidence practices in administrative health care settings. The focus is on examining current status and creating and evaluating innovative administrative practices based on best practices. Competencies include model application for financing and clinical outcomes.

NUR 8102/797

Course Title: Final Practicum: Patient Care (6 credit hours, 360 hours clinical)
Catalog Description: Individually precepted practicum requiring advanced nursing practice with individuals and groups including seminars that facilitate synthesis and application of all prior learning for evidence-based practice. Includes 360 hours of supervised clinical.

NUR 8201/718

Course Title: Evidence-based Leadership in Complex Health Systems (3 credit hours, 80 hours clinical)
Catalog Description: This course examines evidence practices in administrative health care settings. The focus is on examining current status and creating and evaluating innovative administrative practices based on best practices. Competencies include model application for financing and clinical outcomes.

NUR 8202/798

Course Title: Final Practicum: Leadership (6 credit hours, 360 hours clinical)
Catalog Description: Individually precepted practicum requiring leadership and practice at the aggregate/systems/organizational level of health care. Includes required seminars that facilitate application, synthesis, and evaluation of prior learning in applied practice. Includes 360 hours of supervised clinical.

Contact Information

Program Director

Tracy L. Brewer, DNP, RNC-OB, CLC
tracy.brewer@wright.edu
(937) 775-2595