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 specifed 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.
Download the Post-Master's DNP curriculum plan (Adobe PDF)
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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 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 PDF)||2|
|NUND 619||Proposal Development||2|
|NUND 620||Scholarly Project||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
Research methods I
Research methods II
Leadership in organizations
Theories for practice and scholarship (3-NUND 504)
Practice focused research
Informatics (1-NUND 510)
Translating evidence into practice (3-NUND 610)
Topical seminar (3-NURS 615)
Scholarly Project (2-NUND 620)
|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
- 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.