Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice has emerged to fill a vital role during the last decade to develop leaders in health care. The DNP terminal degree is a non-research clinical doctorate focused on developing experts in nursing “practice” (AACN, 2006). Deciding to enroll in a DNP program is a critical and life-changing decision. Holy Family University is committed to supporting and guiding you on your journey as you reach new heights.

Holy Family University is proud to offer our DNP Program designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles as clinical scholars skilled in the application of theory and research, evidence-based practice, advanced clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes, and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. Graduates build on their education and experience to influence change.

Our program is unique. The blended class format offers students flexibility while maintaining a close relationship to faculty members. The small class size, progression as a cohort, and faculty members who live the mission of the university are just a few of the unique features. Our nursing faculty bring clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for nursing into the curriculum so each of our graduates are prepared to inspire and lead the future of nursing.

Entry Points

The MSN–DNP Leadership track entry starts each Fall semester. This program is designed for direct or indirect care advanced practice nurses who want to earn their doctorate consistent with the ANCC goals. Applicants must have earned a master’s in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA accredited program or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a health-related profession. Students may be eligible to sit for the Nurse Executive Basic National Certification Exam in this specialty. The evening-only, blended learning, cohort program is designed to be completed in as few as 2 years.

The MSN–DNP Family Nurse Practitioner track starts each Spring semester. This program is designed for any MSN nurse who wants to become a Family Nurse Practitioner at the doctoral level. You will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam in this specialty. The program is designed to be completed in as few as 3 years.

The BSN–DNP Family Nurse Practitioner track entry point starts each Fall semester. This program is designed for any BSN nurse who wants to become a family nurse practitioner at the doctoral level. At program completion, around 4 years, the student will be prepared and eligible to sit for the national FNP certification exam. Our students will engage in simulation and hands-on activities, in addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to practice in an advanced role caring for persons of all ages in primary care settings.

DNP Program Objectives

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program will:

  • Provide a doctoral nursing curriculum that is designed to address current and future global healthcare needs and issues in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Prepare graduates for positions of leadership in advanced nursing practice.
  • Provide a foundation for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

DNP Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the Holy Family University DNP graduate will be able to:

  1. Synthesize nursing and multidisciplinary theories of practice to develop new practice approaches.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership skills and behaviors that emphasize practice, ongoing improvement of health outcomes, and ensure patient safety.
  3. Disseminate new knowledge to improve healthcare outcomes.
  4. Implement programs using information technology for quality improvement and evaluation of healthcare outcomes.
  5. Design, influence and implement health care policies that frame healthcare financing, practice regulation, access, safety, quality, and efficacy.
  6. Provide effective team leadership, play a central role in establishing interprofessional teams, participate in the work of the team, and assume leadership of the team when appropriate.
  7. Engage in leadership to integrate and institutionalize evidence-based clinical prevention and population health services for individuals, aggregates, and populations.
  8. Design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions based on nursing science and other sciences, as appropriate to the area of specialization.

DNP Scholarly Project

The DNP Project is designed for students to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the program outcomes. The project will demonstrate synthesis of the students’ work and lay the groundwork for future scholarship. The work may take a number of forms. The use of evidence to improve either practice or patient outcomes is the hallmark of a well-executed DNP project.

The competed DNP project produces a tangible and deliverable academic product that is derived from the practice immersion experience and is reviewed and evaluated by a DNP Project Team. Dissemination of the project outcomes is essential and should be targeted to appropriate audiences to ensure impact.

Clinical Requirements

Clinical experiences will meet the requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner certification and AACN recommendations for scholarly work toward the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The number of clinical hours required is 1,046. Credit
for hours previously dedicated to nurse practitioner preparation will be awarded, as applicable.

To best serve your needs, Holy Family University maintains a clinical placement specialist for the program to assist students with their field placements.

Coursework

Each track for the DNP (BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track, MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track, or the MSN to DNP Leadership Track) will have different requirements and sequences that students will need to meet for their degree completion.

BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

 

Students are required to take a total of 74 credits and complete 1046 clinical hours to complete the degree (dependent upon individual student planning)

Core Requirements - Year One (15 credits)
NURS 601 | Theoretical Basis for Nursing | 3 credits
NURS 606 | Professional Ethics | 3 credits
NURS 607 | Health Promotion and Disease Prevention | 3 credits
NURS 614 | Health Policy Organization and Financing | 3 credits | 54 clinical hours
NURS 615 | Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care | 3 credits | 54 clinical hours

Core Requirements - Year Two (16 credits)
NURS 610 | Advanced Pathophysiology | 3 credits
NURS 609 | Research for Evidence Based Practice | 3 credits
NURS 608 | Advanced Statistics for Health Care Professionals | 3 credits
NURS 611 | Advanced Pharmacology | 3 credits
NURS 612 | Advanced Physical and Health Assessment | 3 credits
NURS 708 | Advanced Physical and Health Assessment Lab | 1 credit
MASTERS DEGREE TO BE CONFERRED AFTER COMPLETION OF THE 31 CREDITS ABOVE
NURS 801 | Advanced Practice Role for the DNP | 3 credits

Core Requirements - Year Three (21 credits)
NURS 717 | Informatics | 3 credits
NURS 704 | Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers I | 3 credits
NURS 804 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute I | 3 credits
NURS 805 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum I | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 806 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 830 | Population Focused System Evaluation and Implementation | 3 credits
NURS 807 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic II | 3 credits
NURS 808 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum I | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 809 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours

Core Requirements - Year Four (21 credits)
NURS 810 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic III | 3 credits
NURS 811 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum I | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 707 | Biostats and EBP | 4 credits
NURS 802 DNP Scholarly Project I | 1 credit
NURS 812 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 803 | DNP Scholarly Project II | 1 credit
NURS 901 | DNP Residency I | 2 credits | 150 clinical hours
NURS 903 | DNP Scholarly Project III | 1 credit
NURS 902 | DNP Residency II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 904 | DNP Scholarly Project IV | 1 credit
NURS 905 DNP Residency | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours

MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

 

Students are required to take a total of 43 credits and complete 1046 clinical hours to complete the degree.

Core Requirements - Year One (18 credits)
NURS 801 | Advanced Practice Role for the DNP | 3 credits
NURS 717 | Informatics | 3 credits
NURS 704 | Advanced Pharmacology II | 3 credits
NURS 804 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute I | 3 credits
NURS 805 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum I | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 806 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 830 | Population Focused System Evaluation and Implementation | 3 credits

Core Requirements - Year Two (20 credits)
NURS 807 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic II | 3 credits
NURS 808 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum I | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 809 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 810 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic III | 3 credits
NURS 811 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum I | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 707 | Biostats and EBP | 4 credits
NURS 802 | DNP Scholarly Project I | 1 credit
NURS 812 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 803 | DNP Scholarly Project II | 1 credit
NURS 901 | DNP Residency I | 2 credits | 150 clinical hours

Core Requirements - Year Three (5 credits)
NURS 903 | DNP Scholarly Project III | 1 credit
NURS 902 | DNP Residency II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 904 | DNP Scholarly Project IV | 1 credit
NURS 905 | DNP Residency III | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours

MSN to DNP Leadership Track Courses

MSN to DNP Leadership Track Courses

 

Students are required to take a total of 31-38 credits and complete 1046 clinical hours (500 DNP hours) to complete the degree (dependent upon individual student planning).

Core Requirements - Year One (17-22 credits)
NURS 820 | Leadership: Setting the Example | 3 credits
NURS 802 | DNP Scholarly DNP Project I | 1 credit
NURS 707 | Biostatistics and EBP for the DNP | 4 credits
NURS 720 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations I | 3 credits
NURS 725 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum I* | 2 credits | 150 clinical hours
NURS 717 | Informatics | 3 credits
NURS 725 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum II* | 2 credits | 150 clinical hours
NURS 730 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations II | 5 credits
NURS 735 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum I* | 2 credits | 150 clinical hours

Core Requirements - Year Two (14-16 credits)
NURS 830 | Population Focused System Evaluation and Implementation | 3 credits
NURS 735 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum I* | 2 credits | 150 clinical hours
NURS 803 | DNP Scholarly Project
NURS 901 | DNP Residency I | 2 credits | 150 clinical hours
NURS 903 | DNP Scholarly Project II
NURS 902 | DNP Residency II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours
NURS 904 | DNP Scholarly Project I
NURS 905 | DNP Residency II | 1.5 credits | 112 clinical hours

* Scholarly Project and Residency courses may be repeated to achieve objectives/clinical hours


Accreditation

The School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions is currently seeking accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). On September 5, 2018, representatives from the CCNE will visit Holy Family University to review the DNP program

The Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents to submit, in writing, comments concerning a program's qualifications for accreditation status. Program constituents include healthcare facilities, faculty teaching in and students enrolled in the DNP program.

Comments about the DNP program should be directed to CCNE. Written comments are accepted until 21 days before the scheduled visit. Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program. If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org.

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Admission Requirements

The Holy Family University School of Nursing admission process is based on a holistic review approach. Each applicant is assessed individually, which includes a balanced consideration given to experiences, attributes, academic metrics and how the applicant might contribute value as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Each application is reviewed to assure that all students who complete the process are considered.

The following documentation is required to be considered:

  • Completion of the Holy Family University Graduate Application form along with the Application Fee (fee is waived for alums).
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse.
  • All Official transcripts from your previous nursing schools reflecting completion of the degree. Recognition of degree will only be considered from CCNE, ACEN or CNEA accredited BSN and/or MSN program.
    • BSN-DNP program candidate transcripts must include nursing research, statistics, nursing leadership, and community health nursing coursework. 
    • MSN-DNP/FNP candidate transcripts must reflect: Advanced Physical and Health Assessment course that includes baseline competency in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed by advanced practice nurses in the primary care setting.
  • A competitive candidate would have a GPA of 3.5.
  • All applications must have a minimum of one-year experience providing direct nursing care prior to enrollment.
  • No undergraduate nursing course grade less than a 'C'.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professional and/or clinical source.
  • Current resume or CV.
  • Statement of Goals and potential scholarly project essay. The candidate is to write an essay on a topic to include professional goals and a health care issue that could possibly serve as the inspiration for a future DNP scholarly project.
  • English language proficiency: If English is not your first language, or if English is not the primary language spoken in your home, submission of TOEFL results is required. Applicants must achieve the minimum score of 22 in all sections (writing, speaking, reading and listening).
  • Personal interview with Director of the DNP Program.

Application Fee: $50 (waived for alumni)

Tuition and Fees: 2018-2019


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