Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program at Holy Family University aligns with AACN’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice—providing nurses with the skills and tools to impact systems of care to improve patient outcomes and enhance quality of care.

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 features that make the Holy Family DNP program unique. Additionally, it is possible that students can continue in their current positions while going to school. In some cases, the final DNP scholarly project can be done at the student’s place of employment.

This program is hosted at our Newtown, Pennsylvania location. All entry points of the DNP Program are delivered in class once per week in the evenings and online at our Newtown, Pennsylvania location. If you have your BSN and are interested in being a Family Nurse Practitioner, the BSN-DNP track is for you. If you have your MSN or your BSN with a Master’s degree you may be eligible for one of our MSN-DNP tracks: Leadership and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Entry Points

The MSN–DNP Leadership track entry point begins in the fall and spring semester. This program is designed for direct or indirect care advanced practice nurses who want to earn their doctorate consistent with the ANCC goals. These students must have earned a master’s in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE or NLNAC 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 will launch in Spring 2019. 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 will launch in Fall 2018. This program is designed for any BSN nurse who wants to become a family nurse practitioner at the doctoral level. At program completion, typically just under 4 years, students will be prepared and be eligible to sit for the national FNP certification exam.

Students will engage in simulation and hands-on activities, in addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to provide nursing care to persons of all ages in primary care settings. The blended delivery program will be delivered in class once per week in the evenings and online.

DNP Program Objectives

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program will:

  • Provide a doctoral nursing curriculum that is designed to address current and future global health care needs and issues in a variety of health care 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 healthcare 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

NURS 601 | Theoretical Basis for Nursing
NURS 606 | Professional Ethics
NURS 607 | Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NURS 614 | Health Policy Organization and Financing
NURS 615 | Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care
NURS 610 | Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 801 | Advanced Practice Role for the DNP
NURS 701 | Research for Evidence Based Practice II
NURS 707 | Biostatistics and EBP for the DNP
NURS 802 | DNP Scholarly Project I
NURS 612 | Advanced Physical and Health Assessment
NURS 705 | Advanced Physical and Health Assessment Lab
NURS 804 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute I
NURS 805 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum I
NURS 706 | Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers
NURS 806 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum II
NURS 807 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic II
NURS 808 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum I
NURS 830 | Population Focused System Evaluation and Implementation
NURS 809 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum II
NURS 810 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic III
NURS 811 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum I
NURS 703 | Leadership, Economic, and Legal Issues
NURS 812 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum I
NURS 617 | Informatics
NURS 811 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum II
NURS 803 | DNP Scholarly Project II
NURS 901 | DNP Residency I
NURS 903 | DNP Scholarly Project III
NURS 902 | DNP Residency II
NURS 904 | DNP Scholarly Project Continuation (if needed)

MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

NURS 801 | Advanced Practice Role for the DNP
NURS 707 | Biostatistics and EBP for the DNP
NURS 802 | DNP Scholarly DNP Project I
NURS 705 | Advanced Physical and Health Assessment Lab (assumes previous graduate health assessment)
NURS 804 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute I
NURS 805 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum I
NURS 617 | Informatics
NURS 704 | Advanced Pharmacology II
NURS 806 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Common/Acute Practicum II
NURS 807 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic II
NURS 808 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum I
NURS 830 | Population Focused System Evaluation and Implementation
NURS 809 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Acute/Chronic Practicum II
NURS 810 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic III
NURS 811 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum I
NURS 803 | DNP Scholarly Project II
NURS 812 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum I
NURS 811 | Advanced Nursing Practice: Advanced Nursing Practice: Complex Chronic Practicum II
NURS 903 | DNP Scholarly Project III
NURS 901 | DNP Residency I
NURS 902 | DNP Residency II
NURS 904 | DNP Scholarly Project Continuation (if needed)

MSN to DNP Leadership Track Courses

MSN to DNP Leadership Track Courses

NURS 707 | Biostatistics and EBP for the DNP
NURS 802 | DNP Scholarly DNP Project I
NURS 901 | DNP Residency I
NURS 820 | Leadership: Setting the Example
NURS 720 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations I
NURS 725A | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum IA
NURS 617 | Informatics
NURS 725B | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum IB
NURS 730 | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations II
NURS 735A | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum IIA
NURS 830 | Population Focused System Evaluation and Implementation
NURS 735B | Nursing Leadership in Health Care Organizations Practicum IIB
NURS 803 | DNP Scholarly Project II
NURS 901 | DNP Residency I
NURS 903 | DNP Scholarly Project III
NURS 902 | DNP Residency II
NURS 904 | DNP Scholarly Project Continuation (if needed)
NURS 902 | DNP Clinical Residency II (if needed)

Accreditation

Holy Family University is pursuing CCNE accreditation of the DNP program in accordance with CCNE guidelines. The university is also pursuing approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing for the Family & Nurse Practioner role. Anticipated start dates are dependent on approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess the following qualifications for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

  • 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, an advanced practice license is applicable.
  • Graduate from a CCNE or ACEN accredited BSN and/or MSN program.
  • All Official transcripts from previous colleges and nursing schools attended.
    • Undergraduate transcripts must include nursing research, statistics, nursing leadership and community health nursing coursework.
    • Overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • A competitive candidate would have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and one year experience providing direct nursing care.
    • No undergraduate nursing course grade less than a C.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from an academic source and one from a professional/clinical source.
  • Current resume or CV.
  • Personal interview.
  • Statement of Goals and writing sample: the candidate is to write on a topic of 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 results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language is required.
    •  Applicants must achieve the minimum score (22) in all sections (writing, speaking, reading, listening). Results should be sent directly to Holy Family University.

Application Fee: $50 (waived for alumni)

Tuition and Fees: 2017-2018


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