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1 expertise, leadership, service DNP Doctorate of Nursing Practice

2 1 WALSH UNIVERSITY Walsh University s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares nurses holding a masters degree to function in the real world of 21st century health care while maintaining a grounding in Judeo-Christian values. Each student is challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings. Promoting Leadership in Nursing Practice The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates. In many institutions, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Mid-Wives, and Certified Nurse Anesthetists, are prepared in master s-degree programs that often carry a credit load equivalent to doctoral degrees in the other health professions. AACN s position statement calls for educating APRNs and nurses seeking top systems/organizational roles in DNP programs. AACN, 2009 When it s time to further your own education, consider Walsh University. Our Doctorate of Nursing Practice program gives you the knowledge you need to continue shaping your future.

3 doctorate of nursing practice 2 The DNP Program s structure that combines online learning with campus time has worked well for me as a nurse executive. The online learning system is easy to use and the content of the curriculum is concurrent and timely. I enjoy the discussions with my classmates and am able to learn from their expertise and experiences. Wendy Gotschall, MSN, RN, NE-BC Vice President, Aultman Cancer Program

4 3 WALSH UNIVERSITY Admission Requirements 1. Submission of a completed Walsh application for admission (online) with the $25 application fee. 2. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). Two years experience as an RN is preferred. 3. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent). Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate. 4. Completion of a graduate level statistics and research course. 5. Applicants must have an earned master s degree. If the applicant is an advanced practice nurse, they must hold or be eligible for national certification in a specialty and supply current advanced practice nursing certification documents. Those with the earned MSN or master s degree in a relevant health care specialty should include all official transcripts from previously attended college(s)/university(ies). 6. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant s potential success in the DNP program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant s potential or ability for functioning in the advanced practice or research role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program. 8. A 3-5 page essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty. It should address the following areas: Reasons for seeking advanced education in the DNP program at this time in your career Academic and career goals and how the DNP education will help you to realize those goals. Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program Specific ways your current role would be enhanced through DNP education An evidence-based issue of interest that could result in a system or policy change and improvement. For example, this may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management change, or an area of clinical research. Include the significance of the problem, a brief review of literature, and identify stakeholders and/or institutions that could be impacted by the change. The essay should be typed in APA format. The essay will be evaluated regarding both the quality of writing and the congruence between stated goals and those of the program. 9. Documentation of clinical hours completed in the Master s program 10. An Interview with the Graduate Program Admissions Committee is required. The interview will be arranged after preliminary review of academic credentials and application materials. The purpose of the interview is to evaluate communication and decision-making skills; educational goals; and current leadership, scholarship, practice roles and activities. 7. Resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.

5 doctorate of nursing practice 4 The Walsh Advantage At Walsh University, we understand that your time is precious. That s why we strive to make your path to a graduate degree efficient and productive. Walsh s online, e-learning format allows students to complete the requirements with relative ease and on their own schedule. Faculty and support staff are available to help students through each step of the journey. Each student is challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings. We feature small classes and caring professors, administrators, and advisors to make sure you get the appropriate attention that you need and that your Walsh experience is a rich and rewarding one. Doctorate of Nursing Practice The DNP program consists of a minimum of 37 credits beyond the master s-level specialty content. The core and research courses are taken by all students. After completing the core and research courses, students move into specialty content that will support the completion of the practicum and residency project. DNP PROGRAM COURSES Core Courses (9 Credit Hours) NURS701: Nursing Science in Advance Practice: Theories & Foundations...3 NURS706: Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing...3 NURS718: Health Informatics (30 clinical hours)...3 Research Courses (11 Credit Hours) NURS702: Advanced Clinical Nursing Research...3 NURS703: Biostatistics for Outcomes Evaluation...3 NURS705: Applications of Epidemiology to Health Services...3 NURS708: Translating Evidence to Clinical Practice...2 Specialty Content Courses (9 Credit Hours) NURS710: Nursing Leadership Role & Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems...3 NURS721: Management for Quality Improvement & Health Care Outcomes Evaluation...3 NURS720: Organizational System Analysis and Design (150 clinical hours)...3 OR NURS725: Advanced Leadership in Clinical Practice (150 clinical hours)...3 Capstone Project Courses (9 Credit Hours) NURS730: Residency Practicum (210 clinical hours)...4 NURS731: Residency Project (200 clinical hours)...4 Total Credit hours^: Total Clinical Hours:...590* * Depending on the number of clinical hours that a student had in their master s degree program, some students may require an additional number of clinical practice hours post masters to reach the minimum number of hours mandated by the AACN for a DNP degree. AACN requires the DNP graduate to have a minimum of 1000 clinical practicum hours post-baccalaureate.

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