The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses to lead transformative change in healthcare. Graduates acquire scientific, organizational, leadership and economic knowledge that allows them to plan, manage and deliver cost-effective, evidence based care. They are prepared to meet the health care needs of vulnerable populations, including the growing number who experience health disparities. Nurses who earn PhD degrees, a research-based degree, conduct research. Nurses with DNP degrees, a clinical degree, use evidence from research to transform nursing practice and to elevate patient outcomes.
At Purdue University Northwest, nurses who earn a DNP degree are prepared to lead transformative healthcare by becoming experts in the search, appraisal, synthesis, transfer, and application of evidence and in the evaluation of its impact on outcomes.
The DNP program at PNW is a post-master’s degree program with a minimum of 38 post-master’s credits and is available on a full or part-time basis. The curriculum is individualized based on previous coursework and number of practicum hours completed during the master’s program. Nurses prepared at the master’s level as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs – nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives) whose programs contained advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment and advanced pathophysiology in addition to a minimum of 500 practicum hours will generally need 38 credits for the DNP degree.
Master’s prepared nurses in non-advanced practice registered nursing roles, and who did not take courses in pharmacology, health assessment or pathophysiology will be required to take these courses as part of the DNP program. In addition, if there were fewer than 500 direct practice practicum hours in the master’s degree program, students will need to take additional credits (up to 5) in order to meet the minimum requirement of at least 1000 practicum/residency hours required for the DNP degree
As a practice degree, 1000 clinical/residency hours are required. A maximum of 500 direct care practicum hours from the previous master’s program will be accepted to fulfill the 1000 hours of required practicum hours.
This program is primarily online and includes a one-week intensive on the West Lafayette campus for NUR 64200 Systems Approaches in Healthcare Engineering. This course meets during a summer session.
The focus of the DNP program at PNW is Translation Science.