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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post B.S. to DNP


The Post Baccalaureate DNP program in nursing prepares nurses at the highest level for clinical practice. It prepares clinicians capable of translating scientific findings, evaluating outcomes and programs, producing clinical scholarship, and transforming health care systems and policies.


The total credits for this proposed post BS entry to DNP is 70-73 depending on which advanced practice option the students choose. Students choosing the post-MS DNP option earn the MS degree first (42 – 45 credits depending upon concentration) and then the DNP degree (42 credits). By enrolling in the direct post BS entry to DNP, students save a minimum of 14 credits.
For students opting out for their MS before continuing on for the DNP, their total credits are 44 – 47, depending upon the concentration.

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NOTE: – All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

Required First Level Courses:

  • NUR 660 – Philosophical Foundations for Healthcare Research (4 cr)
  • NUR 651 – Qualitative research
  • NUR 652 – Quantitative research
  • HDF 527 – Social and Health Care Policy

Required Advanced Practice Core Courses:

  • NUR 503 – Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills
  • NUR 504/ 508/ 509 – Specialized Assessment (1-2 cr)
  • NUR 535 – Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR 582 – Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing

Required Advanced Practice Nursing Courses 
18 – 21 credits (See NP program descriptions)

Three (3) Nurse Practitioner Options

ACNP Option Core Courses – 18 credits

  • NUR 565 – ACNP I
  • NUR 566 – ACNP Practicum
  • NUR 567 – ACNP II
  • NUR 568 – ACNP Practicum II (6 credits)
  • NUR 590 – Directed Advanced Study & Practice

FNP Option Core Courses – 18 credits

  • NUR 531 – Primary Health Care Nursing
  • NUR 532 – Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing
  • NUR 533 – Primary Health Care Nursing II
  • NUR 534 – Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing II (6 credits)
  • NUR 590 – Directed Study & Practice in Advanced Clinical

AGNP/CNS Option Core Courses – 21 credits

  • NUR 561 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist I
  • NUR 562 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist I Practicum
  • NUR 563 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist II
  • NUR 564 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist II Practicum (6 credits).
  • NUR 590 – Directed Study and Practice in Advanced Practice (6 credits)

NOTE: Students may opt out here with their MS degree by taking NUR 520 – Graduate Study Seminar (1 cr), completing their masters’ major paper, and comprehensive exam. The masters’ major paper may be used as a portfolio component for the DNP.

Total credits for opt-out masters – 44-47, depending upon the concentration.

Remaining DNP Courses:

  • NUR 549 – Evidence Based Strategies in Health Care Program Evaluation
  • NUR 551 – Theoretical Study of Nursing Administration /Leadership
  • NUR 680 – Informatics in Health Care Settings
  • PHP 540 – Introduction to Epidemiology
  • MBA 540 – Organizational Decision Making and Design
  • NUR 686 – DNP Role Development (6 credits)
  • NUR 688 – Capstone practicum & project- portfolio (7 credits)

Part-Time and Full-Time Study
Students take 1 or 2, 3 credit courses per semester for part-time and 3 courses for full-time.

Financial Aid
A variety of traineeships, graduate assistantships and loans are available to help finance doctoral education.

Admissions Requirements

Admission decisions will be based on a comprehensive review of applicant qualifications presented as a total package. The following criteria will be used as the guidelines for admission decisions:

  • Admission to the Graduate School.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for doctoral study, one of which should be by a doctorally prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita
  • Completion of MAT or GRE with a satisfactory score.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or the National League for Nursing with an upper-division major in nursing.
  • Eligibility for R.N. licensure in Rhode Island.
  • At least two years of clinical nursing experience.
  • A basic statistics course is a prerequisite for NUR 652.
  • Candidates with non-nursing degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. Completion of challenge of upper-division nursing courses is required prior to acceptance into the master’s program.
  • Congruence of applicant goals with the objectives of the program and the goals of the College and University.

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