Nursing Practice (DNP)

See: Nursing Practice (DNP)

College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

Program Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree provides a foundation for leadership development and refinement of clinical management skills for practicing registered nurses. UIW offers two tracks in the DNP program: the Post-MSN to DNP for the nurse who has a master’s degree, and the Post-BSN to DNP track for the registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing who wishes to become a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

POST–MSN to DNP track

The Post-MSN to DNP program prepares currently practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to extend their practice to the system and population level. Students identify a vulnerable population of interest at the beginning of coursework. Each subsequent course allows for exploration of the population from differing perspectives and builds on the students’ empirical knowledge base. The population of interest also serves as the focus for clinical skill development. The degree program is offered primarily in an asynchronous online format augmented by synchronous online teaching. The program consists of a 33 credit hour online curriculum consisting of 8 core courses and 1 elective (480 clinical practicum/residency hours) building on the preparation of certified APRNs.

Admissions

Application to the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. The application is available here: http://www.uiw.edu/dnp/msn-dnp/msn-dnp-apply.html

  1. Evidence of an earned Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate studies.
  2. Proof of a current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse. Additionally, for the MSN to DNP program, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification in an AACN-recognized specialty (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) with recognition to practice as an APRN by the Board of Nursing in one’s state of residence/practice.
  3. Licensure in Texas or one of the compact states is required for clinical on non-Federal property.
  4. Documentation of supervised clinical practicum hours in a MSN program.
  5. Interview with UIW graduate faculty, as indicated.
  6. Acceptance to graduate study by the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and the IFMSN DNP program.
  7. Three satisfactory professional references (academic, professional).
  8. Official transcripts sent from each college/university attended.

* No GRE or GMAT required

Prerequisites

  • Graduate-level course credit in Advanced Statistics and in Informatics within the last 5 years.
  • Completion of “3 Ps” courses (Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health Assessment).

Individual consideration will be given to those applicants who do not entirely meet specific requirements.

Upon acceptance into the MSN-DNP program, students will be required to submit the following:

CPR certification, exposure insurance, criminal background check, OSHA, HIPPA, PPE certification, and current immunizations. Throughout the duration of study, students are required to meet all clinical clearance requirements.

For Texas Residents

Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse and an APRN in Texas.

For Non-Texas Residents

Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse and an APRN in a compact state in which one resides or practices.

Additional Admission Criteria

Nursing program applicants must meet additional criteria for admissions. These criteria are found at the end of this section.

 

Apply to UIW

Application for the POST- Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program 

 

Course Requirements for the Post–MSN to DNP Degree

To qualify for the DNP degree, a candidate must complete a 33 credit hour online curriculum (plus 480 supervised clinical/practicum hours) building on the preparation of a certified APRN, and successfully complete and present a DNP Project.

Full-time and part-time study options are available for each student enrolled in the Post-MSN to DNP program. Full-time doctoral study includes a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester and part-time doctoral study is less than 6 credit hours per semester.

Individual consideration may be given by the Graduate Nursing Committee to those applicants who do not entirely meet selected admission requirements.

Courses for the Post-MSN to DNP track

NURS 7340Theoretical Issues with Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Population Groups

3

NURS 7345The Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice: Scientific Underpinnings of Practice

3

NURS 7440Epidemiology and Vulnerable Populations for Advanced Nursing Practice

4

NURS 7650Evidence Based Methods and Practice I

6

NURS 7655Evidence Based Methods and Practice II

6

NURS 7365Doctor of Nursing Practice II: The Capstone

3

NURS 7360Health Policy Analysis

3

NURS 7399Selected Topics

3

One additional elective course is required and is selected with the approval of DNP faculty.

Post-BSN to DNP with FNP or PMHNP Concentrations

Students completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will have attained the knowledge and skills to be eligible for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification exam. Graduates of both concentrations can assume an active role in a variety of settings. Post–BSN to DNP coursework allows the FNP, as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), to address populations in the primary care setting across the lifespan. PMHNP graduates are prepared to work in a variety of mental health settings with individuals of all ages. Nurse practitioners who graduate from the DNP program are skilled in interdisciplinary practice, culturally competent, and have instilled in their practice the core values of faith, service, innovation, truth and education. The concentration consists of an 80 credit hour curriculum (FNP) or 82 credit hour curriculum (PMHNP), with 1312 supervised clinical/practicum hours.

Admission Criteria for the Post-BSN to DNP degree track

Application to the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. The application is available here: http://www.uiw.edu/dnp/bsn_dnp/bsn-dnp-apply.html

  1. A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  2. A license to practice nursing in the State of Texas or one of the compact states recognized by the State of Texas.
  3. A minimum of one year of relevant experience in professional nursing is preferred, but not required.
  4. A course in basic statistics with a grade of “C” or better and a nursing course in basic physical assessment skills.
  5. A grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate work and an average of 3.0 in upper-division nursing courses that serve as the foundation for the graduate major.
  6. Three satisfactory references (academic, professional).
  7. Official transcripts sent from each college/university attended (including hospital school of nursing, if appropriate).
  8. An in-person interview will be arranged as needed.

* No GRE or GMAT required

Upon admittance into the program, students must submit a confirmation fee, which serves as acceptance of the seat in the UIW DNP program. The $500 deposit is required within the time frame designated by the acceptance letter in order to hold and confirm the spot in the entering class. The full fee is non-refundable if a student decides not to attend UIW. Upon confirmed entry into the program and two weeks after the first day of class, $400 will be applied to the student’s UIW account.

Upon acceptance into the BSN-DNP program, students will be required to submit the following:

CPR certification, exposure insurance, criminal background check, OSHA, HIPPA, PPE certification, and current immunizations.

For Texas Residents

Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas.

For Non-Texas Residents

Multi-state compact license to practice as a Registered Nurse.

Requirements for the Post-BSN to DNP Degree

To qualify for the DNP degree, a candidate must complete 80 credit hours (FNP) or 82 credit hours (PMHNP), including 1,312 clinical practicum hours. The candidate must successfully complete and present a Doctoral Project.

The Post–BSN to DNP track is a full-time doctoral program in which students take 6 to 12 credits each semester. It is offered in a blended format with classes using both on-ground and online modalities.

Courses for the Post-BSN to DNP Track with FNP Concentration

Year 1 Courses

NURS 7321Nursing Theory for Advanced Practice

3

NURS 7325Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NURS 7381Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Professional Roles

3

NURS 7341Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing

3

NURS 7355Research for Evidence Based Practice

3

NURS 7323Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 7337Statistics for Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice

3

NURS 7360Health Policy Analysis

3

Year 2 Courses

NURS 7440Epidemiology and Vulnerable Populations for Advanced Nursing Practice

4

NURS 7450Integrated Behavioral Health and Family Systems

4

NURS 7345The Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice: Scientific Underpinnings of Practice

3

NURS 7480Family Nurse Practitioner I: Primary Care of Adults (Diagnosis and Management) with Chronic and Acute Conditions

4

NURS 7320Principles of Evidence-based Practice

3

NURS 7359Doctor of Nursing Practice—Project I

3

NURS 7482Family Nurse Practitioner II: Primary Care of Adults (Diagnosis and Management) with Chronic and Acute Conditions

4

NURS 7309Informatics in HealthCare

3

Year 3 Courses

NURS 7225Concepts of Evaluation and Dissemination

2

NURS 7380Doctor of Nursing Practice—Project II

3

NURS 7484Family Nurse Practitioner III: Primary Care of Women (Diagnosis and Management) with Chronic and Acute Conditions

4

NURS 7486Family Nurse Practitioner IV: Primary Care of Children and Adolescents (Diagnosis and Management) with Chronic and Acute Conditions

4

NURS 73XX

NURS 7488Family Nurse Practitioner Residency

4

NURS 7315Resource Management for Nurse Leaders

3

NURS 7288Clinical Skills Seminar

2

Course requirements for the Post-BSN to DNP Track with PMHNP Concentration:

Year 1 Courses

NURS 7321Nursing Theory for Advanced Practice

3

NURS 7325Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NURS 7381Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Professional Roles

3

NURS 7341Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing

3

NURS 7355Research for Evidence Based Practice

3

NURS 7323Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 7337Statistics for Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice

3

NURS 7360Health Policy Analysis

3

Year 2 Courses

NURS 7440Epidemiology and Vulnerable Populations for Advanced Nursing Practice

4

NURS 7333Advanced Psychopharmacology for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

3

NURS 7345The Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice: Scientific Underpinnings of Practice

3

NURS 7447Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy

4

NURS 7320Principles of Evidence-based Practice

3

NURS 7359Doctor of Nursing Practice—Project I

3

NURS 7410Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I: Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan (Diagnosis and Management)

4

NURS 7309Informatics in HealthCare

3

Year 3 Courses

NURS 7225Concepts of Evaluation and Dissemination

2

NURS 7380Doctor of Nursing Practice—Project II

3

NURS 7414Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice II: Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan (Diagnosis and Management)

4

NURS 7418Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice III: Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan (Diagnosis and Management)

4

NURS 73XX

NURS 7487Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency

4

NURS 7315Resource Management for Nurse Leaders

3

NURS 7287Psychiatric Clinical Seminar

2