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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Attention prospective DNP students:

Click HERE for the online application.





Mission

Educating and empowering nurses to enrich the health and well-being of all people.

Approved May, 2016

For DNP information, contact program director:

Marie Wilks
Assistant Professor, Director of D.N.P Program/Graduate Department
Nursing Education Center 350 Eddy Street-100M, Providence, RI
(401) 456-6362
mwilks@ric.edu


The focus of the RIC SON DNP program is on leadership in advanced practice nursing. The overall goal of the DNP program is to prepare advanced practice nurses as leaders, clinical scholars and experts with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to negotiate and influence the health care system to improve health outcomes of individuals, systems, and populations.

DNP Program Goals

DNP Program Expected Outcomes

Integrate scientific knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as the basis for clinical practice and practice scholarship Competency in scientific underpinnings for practice
Demonstrate leadership and systems thinking to design, implement, and evaluate innovative strategies to ensure quality, cost-effective health care for individuals and populations Competency in organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
Develop, analyze, implement, evaluate and disseminate evidence based best practice and clinical scholarship Competency in clinical scholarship and analytic methods for evidence-based practice
Impact the selection of and evaluate system, patient care, and population-focused technologies to improve health outcomes Competency in systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
Influence health care policy and advocate for  ethical policies, equity and social justice, access to quality, culturally relevant health care, and elimination of health disparities Competency in health care policy for advocacy in health care
Lead interprofessional collaborative teams to improve individual, system, and population- focused health outcomes Competency in interprofessional collaboration and improving patient and population health outcomes
Implement and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention approaches and initiatives to improve individual and population health outcomes Competency in clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment and systems thinking to impact health care at the individual, system, and population level. Competency in advanced nursing practice

Admission Requirements

  1. Master’s in Nursing in advanced practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE program;Certification as an advanced practice nurse (as applicable, based on role); OR Master’s in Nursing from a nationally accredited CCNE Program and submission of narrative to demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of practice. Applicants should summarize clinical experiences post-Master’s with an emphasis on demonstrated achievement of professional objectives in alignment with the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). Using these components, identify areas in your clinical practice that exemplify these categories in narrative format:
    • Sciences and Humanities
    • Organizational and systems leadership
    • Quality Improvement and Safety
    • Translating and Integrating Scholarship in Practice
    • Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
    • Health Policy and Advocacy
    • Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
    • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health -Master’s-level Nursing Practice
  2. Master’s GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of intended practice;
  4. Letter of intent;
  5. Statement of intended area of study for DNP project;
  6. Current CV;
  7. Transcripts from all post-secondary study;
  8. Three letters of recommendation;
  9. Verification of number of supervised clinical hours from prior advanced practice master’s program;
  10. Completion of a graduate level inferential statistics course within the prior three years is required prior to matriculation.

Admission Deadline

ROLLING ADMISSIONS FOR FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS.

Course Requirements - Full Time Students
(2 Years; 5 Semesters)

First Semester (Fall)

NURS 701 Scientific Underpinnings for Clinical Scholarship 3 cr
NURS 702

Systems Leadership/Quality Improvement
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours)

3 cr
NURS 703 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours)
3 cr
               

Second Semester (Spring)

NURS 704 Clinical Research/Analytic Methods
(Practice immersion required:  65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 791

Directed Readings I
(Concurrent with NURS 704)

1 cr
NURS 705

Health Policy and Advocacy
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours)

3 cr
NURS 706 Economics, Finance, Business Management 3 cr
NURS 720 DNP Project Planning Seminar
(Practice immersion: 50 hours)
1 cr
               

Third Semester (Summer)

NURS 730 DNP Proposal Development
(Practice immersion:  75 hours)
3 cr
               

Fourth Semester (Fall)

NURS 707 Information Technology/Decision Support
(Practice immersion opportunity: 65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 709 Population Health 
(Practice immersion required:  65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 792 Directed Readings II
(Concurrent with NURS 709)
1 cr
NURS 740 DNP Project Implementation
(Practice immersion required: 75 hours)
2 cr
               

Fifth Semester  (Spring)

NURS 708 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 750 DNP Project Evaluation & Dissemination
(Practice immersion: 50 hours)
1 cr
               
    ______________
    TOTAL - 36 cr

Course Requirements - Part Time students
(3 Years; 7 Semesters)

First Semester (Fall)

NUR​S 701 Scientific Underpinnings for Clinical Scholarship 3 cr
NURS 703 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours)
3 cr
               

Second Semester (Spring)

NURS 704 Clinical Research/Analytic Methods
(Practice immersion required:  65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 791

Directed Readings I
(Concurrent with NURS 704)

1 cr
NURS 705

Health Policy and Advocacy
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours

3 cr
               

Third Semester (Summer)

 
Fourth Semester (Fall)              
NURS 702 Systems Leadership/Quality Improvement
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 709 Population Health 
(Practice immersion required:  65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 792 Directed Readings II
(Concurrent with NURS 709)
1 cr
               

Fifth Semester (Spring)

NURS 706 Economics, Finance, Business Management 3 cr
NURS 720 DNP Project Planning Seminar
(Practice immersion: 50 hours)
1 cr
               

Sixth Semester (Summer)

NURS 730 DNP Proposal Development
(Practice immersion:  75 hours)
3 cr
               

Seventh Semester (Fall)

NURS 707 Information Technology/Decision Support
(Practice immersion opportunity: 65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 740 DNP Project Implementation
(Practice immersion: 75 hours)
2 cr
               

Eighth Semester (Spring)

NURS 708 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
(Practice immersion opportunity:  65 hours)
3 cr
NURS 750 DNP Project Evaluation & Dissemination
(Practice immersion: 50 hours)
1 cr
               
    ______________
    TOTAL - 36 cr

Click here for a full list of course descriptions.

Handbook

The School of Nursing Handbook for Graduate Students in Nursing provides detailed and essential information about the graduate nursing program. It is available by clicking here. ​​​​​

Page last updated: October 04, 2017