The post-master's doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is a 34 semester hour program beyond the master's degree distributed among core courses (18 semester hours), applied data analysis and management (3 semester hours), clinical residency (6 semester hours), and the scholarly project (7 semester hours). The clinical residency is an in-depth clinical experience emphasizing DNP role development and expansion of clinical expertise. All students must successfully complete a scholarly project and the required dissemination endeavors. The project is designed to demonstrate identification and resolution of a practice problem through the scholarship of application. The project demonstrates synthesis of the student's work and provides the foundation for future scholarly endeavors.
Students must complete 360 clinical experience hours as part of the DNP curriculum. Students identify their own preceptors and sites for completion of these clinical experiences. Both preceptor and site must be approved by MCN and the site must have an affiliated agreement in place before the student can begin clinical experience. Often if a new facility is being used as a practicum site, affiliated agreements can take several months to secure. We strongly encourage students to begin thinking about who they might want to utilize as a preceptor as well as the site for each semester in the program and begin taking the steps necessary to secure that preceptor and submit necessary paperwork to allow for an affiliated agreement to be set up.
The DNP program is based on national expectations and competencies for graduates of DNP programs as stated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
The outcomes of the DNP program are to prepare graduates who
The DNP courses are online with limited on-campus "intensives." Students will be required to attend scheduled on-campus intensives throughout the program on the Illinois State University campus.
Upon entry to the doctoral program, it is expected that students will have prerequisite computer skills in word processing, email, attachments, PowerPoint, Excel, uploading and downloading documents, and internet use. Many doctoral courses are Web-based or Web-enhanced and students will be required to purchase or have access to specialized software for coursework.
Doctoral students may be required to either purchase or have access to specialized software, such as SPSS for data management classes and RefWorks or Endnote for compiling annotative bibliographies.
Co-requisites for the program include:
|Course #||Course Title/Description||Semester Hours|
|509||Introduction to Nursing Informatics||3|
|562||Leadership in Health Care Systems||3|
|565||Changing Health Care Systems: Quality Science and Management
(prerequisites: Evidence-Based Practice and Finance Courses)
|451 or 569||Finance Course: Either
Financial and Resource Management of Health Systems (for APN DNP students)
Advanced Financial and Resource Management for Health Care Systems (for NSA DNP students)
|535||Applied Data Management and Analysis||3|
|543||Scholarly Project I (development) (to be taken concurrently with Clinical Residency I) (Prerequisite: Evidenced-Based Practice)||3|
|545||Scholarly Project II (implementation) (to be taken concurrently with Clinical Residency II) (Prerequisite: Evidenced-Based Practice)||2|
|547||Scholarly Project III (evaluation/dissemination) (to be taken concurrently with Clinical Residency III) (Prerequisite: Evidenced-Based Practice)||2|
|550||Clinical Residency I (to be taken concurrently with Scholarly Project I)1 (Prerequisite: Evidenced-Based Practice)||2|
|552||Clinical Residency II (to be taken concurrently with Scholarly Project II) (Prerequisite: Evidenced-Based Practice)||2|
|554||Clinical Residency III (to be taken concurrently with Scholarly Project III) (Prerequisite: Evidenced-Based Practice)||2|