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Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 20 months Credit Hours: 35 Tuition: $23,240

Overview


Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

Prepare to practice nursing at the highest level when you complete your Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northern Kentucky University. This 100% online program will equip you to meet the challenges of a changing healthcare sector. As a nurse leader, you can work to improve the lives of patients as well as healthcare systems at a high level.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn cost-effective strategies to promote and sustain financial viability of practice initiatives
  • Focus on the roles of information systems and electronic data in new and evolving delivery and value-based models as they apply to advanced nursing practice
  • Conceptualize new care delivery models that are based in contemporary nursing science and that are feasible within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives
  • Explore the roles of the clinical scholar and leader associated with the scholarship of discovery, integration, and application of knowledge to solve problems across disciplines

Courses

In order to earn the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice online, students must complete 10 core courses and a DNP Practicum/Project for a total of 35 credit hours. All courses are seven weeks in length. The DNP 896 course is offered over a semester.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice online degree program must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions, a resume/CV, a scholarly writing sample, valid RN license and employment verification. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

We understand that it can be a challenge to juggle work, classes, life, and finances. Tuition for the DNP online program is affordably priced, and all fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes, and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice online program, students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours) and complete the DNP Practicum/Project, a one-hour course that must be taken five times (five credit hours)—for a total of 35 credit hours.

NOTE: The DNP 896 course is offered over a semester. If DNP 896 is not completed by the last semester, students may take DNP 897 as continuing credit to complete the scholarly project.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Identification, critique, analysis, synthesis, application and evaluation of evidence to support clinical and organizational practices. This course will provide students with knowledge to utilize evidence and theoretical concepts in nursing practice and healthcare systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The use of epidemiologic and biostatistical data for the development of evidence-based recommendations for clinical prevention and population health are explored. Concepts of public health, environmental/occupational health, determinants of health, cultural diversity, ethics, emerging infectious diseases, and emergency disaster preparedness are applied to advance nursing practice. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of the advanced nursing practice roles through an in-depth analysis of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) “Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.” Emphasis is placed on exploring the roles of the clinical scholar and leader associated with the scholarship of discovery, integration, and application of knowledge to solve problems across disciplines. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examine organizations, identify system issues, and identify leadership principles in facilitating organization-wide changes in practice delivery; promote communication and collaboration with interprofessional teams. Conceptualize new care delivery models that are based in contemporary nursing science and that are feasible within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles of business, finance, and economics are explored to develop and implement evidence-based healthcare practice to improve quality of care across systems. Additionally, cost-effective strategies to promote and sustain financial viability of practice initiatives are analyzed and applied. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the design, implementation, and outcomes of quality improvement initiatives for patient populations, communities, and health care systems. Students will assess organizational culture, qualitative initiatives, and patient safety data to translate findings into systems changes. Systems leadership principles are utilized to facilitate organization- wide changes in practice delivery.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the skills to conduct strategic analysis and planning for program development, implementation, and evaluation within healthcare systems. The use of models and theories to enhance healthcare outcomes are incorporated. The principles of working with interprofessional teams are included to improve healthcare. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The complexity of healthcare policy development and legislation as well as healthcare policy's economic, political, social, and ethical impact on nursing, systems, and populations will be examined. The leadership role of the advanced practice nurse as a change agent to influence healthcare policy will be investigated. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Particular focus is placed upon the roles of information systems and electronic data in new and evolving delivery and value-based models as they apply to advanced nursing practice. Cultural, ethical, financial, regulatory, and legal issues related to information systems and technologies are examined. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Understanding and analysis of health data for application to evidence based nursing practice for public health, health promotion, clinical prevention, and population health. Emphasis is placed on the use of health data and the best evidence in the application and evaluation of recommendations to improve health outcomes.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1 or 1.25

This course provides the student with the opportunity for integration and synthesis of the "Essentials for Advanced Nursing" across the curriculum. Students develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a scholarly project with the guidance of course faculty and a practice mentor that focuses on problems of practice within specific populations. The course is to be taken/repeated up to four times throughout the program. Prerequisites: DNP 800 and DNP 816.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This course provides continued enrollment for students needing an additional one credit of Project/Practicum Course after completing five credits of DNP 896 Project/Practicum. This course can be used to meet the post BSN 1000 hours of practicum time and/or completion of the publishable manuscript and/or completion of the project presentation. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

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Admissions


It's time to get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice online program, along with information on required documentation.

DNP Online Requirements

  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have successfully completed an undergraduate (or higher level) statistics course
  • Complete online application and pay $55 non-refundable application fee.
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member your application fee will be waived.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions
  • Verification of a current unencumbered US RN license that includes expiration and the state in which you practice
  • A minimum of a master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Bachelor's or master's degree must be in nursing
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: educational background, employment history, awards, and accomplishments
  • Submission of a writing sample = a document written solely by the prospective student that demonstrates scholarly writing at the graduate level. DNP Program Writing Sample Rubric
  • Verification of current employment. For Employment Verification form, click here.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour (including fees) Total With Fees
Post-Master's DNP $664 $23,240

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the DNP Online

Note: The DNP program begins in March 2018.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 12, 2019 October 16, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 1 May 11, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 11, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 17, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 14, 2020
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