Oct 02, 2022  
2022 - 2023 Catalog 
    
2022 - 2023 Catalog

Nursing, Organizational Leadership, D.N.P. (MSN to DNP)


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Nursing Organizational Leadership

The post-Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-MSN to DNP) degree curriculum builds on traditional Master’s programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership. This program is intended to enhance advanced practice roles to prepare experts in population-based practice, leadership and policy. Employers are quickly recognizing the unique contribution these expert nurses are making in the practice arena, and the demand for DNP-prepared nurses continues to grow.

Program Outcomes

  • Appraise health care organizations to assess strengths and weaknesses and facilitate organization- wide improvement in healthcare delivery from a systems thinking approach.
  • Perform as a leader in knowledge translation and application of evidence based practice through critical evaluation, synthesis, and integration of health information data and research findings to improve healthcare and health care systems.
  • Integrate informatics and patient care technology into clinical practice and organizational systems to improve healthcare outcomes.
  • Influence health care policy at the local, state, and federal level to champion issues of quality, social justice, equality, and fiscal responsibility in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Successfully negotiate and manage cuttingedge innovations and change among an interprofessional teams for purposes of advancing healthcare quality among patients, populations, and complex systems.
  • Apply Benedictine values to foster a collaborative relationship that promotes respect, protection, and enhancement of spiritual integrity, human dignity, as well as cultural diversity to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Integrate professional standards, nursing science and theory, values, accountability, ongoing self-reflection, ethical, analytical, and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.

Major Requirements


Specialty Courses:


Elective: Choose One


Experiential Hours = 300-800


Students earning a DNP degree must have a total of 1000 clinical hours between clinical hours completed as part of their MSN and the hours completed in the MSN to DNP program.

The formula below determines any additional clinical hours required beyond those hours built within the curriculum that students would need to complete to fulfill graduation requirements.

1000 - verified MSN clinical hours - 200 DNP project hours - 100 NUR 905 clinical hours = number of required clinical hours remaining

For students requiring additional hours to meet this requirement, NUR 855 - Systems Leadership Immersion  will be available for 1cr/100 hours every semester. This course will be repeatable for students who need more than 100 additional hours of clinical experiences.

Program Assessment Course:


Total: 32 Semester Credits (minimum)


Program length: ~2 academic years / 5 semesters / 80 weeks

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