Dual Doctorate Sample Program Plan

Sample Program Plan

Students enrolling in the combined DNP/PhD in nursing program will complete coursework in a side-by-side fashion, whereby courses in both program will be taken concurrently. An overlap of 11 credits will be allowed.

A sample program plan for students enrolled in courses during the academic year appears below; the program would take a minimum of five years to complete. However, the joint degree program may be completed in less time if DNP courses are taken during the summer months.

Sample DNP - PhD Program Plan (Academic Year Only)

Fall – 1st YearSpring – 1st Year
NURS 506: Epistemology (3) NURS 511: Theory development (3)
NURS 532: Basic statistics (3) [ see 1] NURS 531: Research methods II (3) [see 2]
NURS 530: Research methods I (3) [see 2] NUND 506: Leadership in organizations (3) *
  NUND 510: Informatics (1)

Required research practicum hours may be taken during academic year or summer

Fall – 2nd YearSpring – 2nd Year
NUND 504: Theories for practice & scholarship (3) NURS 518: Qualitative research (3)
NURS 609 or NUND 508: Health policy (3) [see 3] NUND 540: Approaches to practice focused research (3) *
NURS 630: Linear models (3) NURS 631: Multivariate analysis (3)

Required research practicum hours may be taken during academic year or summer

Fall – 3rd YearSpring – 3rd Year
NUND 610: Translating evidence into practice (3) * NUND 509: Curriculum and instruction (3) * or NUND 507: Management in advanced practice (3 )*
Elective (3) NUND 609: Teaching and evaluation (2) * or NUND 607: Advanced leadership & management (2)*
NURS 615: Topical seminar (3) NURS 615: Topical seminar (3)
Fall – 4th YearSpring – 4th Year
NURS 671: Proposal development (3) [see 4] NUND 620: Scholarly Project (2) *
  NUND 611: Integrated practicum (2) *
Fall – 5th YearSpring – 5th Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701 Dissertation (9)

In the above sample program plan, courses with an asterisk (*) are required for the DNP degree and courses without an asterisk are required for the PhD degree. There is an overlap of 11 credits as follows:

  1. Completing the PhD statistics course sequence can be used to replace the need for the DNP applied statistics course = 3 credits
  2. Completing the PhD Research Methods I and II can be used to replace the need for the DNP Research Principles and Methods = 3 credits
  3. Students may take PhD or DNP Health Policy course = 3 credits
  4. Taking the PhD Proposal Development course can be used to replace the DNP Proposal Development course = 2 credits.