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.
We offer the DNP degree in collaboration with the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University.
Program accreditation will be sought as a system consortium through the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program is not eligible for full nursing accreditation until it has been implemented for at least one year.
Each campus in the collaborative Doctor of Nursing Practice program has a specific area of focus. Translation Science is the focus of the DNP program at Purdue University Northwest. The College of Nursing houses the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, an international collaborating center of the Joanna Briggs Collaboration. Building upon the resources available through this collaboration, students in the DNP program will have opportunities to deepen their skills related to evidence based nursing practice in general and translation science in particular. Specifically DNP students will have opportunities to learn the science of evidence synthesis through systematic review as well as using implementation science to create and sustain evidence uptake in clinical settings. The process of improving patient outcomes through evidence-based healthcare depends on evidence generation, synthesis, and knowledge transfer. Evidence-based healthcare must also depend on the actual utilization of evidence. Although the imperative of using best available evidence in the practice setting is generally understood, a significant gap continues to exist between knowledge of best practice and its actual use. Many factors contribute to this utilization gap. The emerging science of evidence translation is a new field created to address the gap between evidence knowledge and its use. Knowledge and application of translation science principles can enable healthcare leaders to facilitate the translation of knowledge into practice for the purpose of improving patient care outcomes.
Key elements of this collaborative DNP program include:
- Admission and graduation from the Purdue University Northwest College of Nursing
- Seamless access to courses delivered by both Purdue University Northwest and the West Lafayette campuses
- Courses delivered via innovative, media-rich online learning environments
- Clinical inquiry projects designed to make a significant contribution to advancing evidence-based healthcare and patient outcomes
DNP graduates will be able to:
- Evaluate systems responses to health and illness as a basis for the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health and functional abilities and the prevention of illness
- Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry in the care diverse populations
- Design quality, cost effective nursing interventions based on the knowledge of interrelationships among person, environment, health and nursing
- Measure outcomes to evaluate nursing and health systems in diverse settings
- Demonstrate role competence as a Doctor of Nursing Practice in providing care to individuals and families including rural and vulnerable populations
- Translate research to support evidenced-based practice for diverse populations
- Initiate changes in the healthcare system through the implementation and evaluation of health policies that strengthen the healthcare delivery system
- Apply systems concepts to prevent and solve complex healthcare delivery problems
This DNP program requires a minimum of 38 credit hours and is open to post-Master’s degree applicants only. Additional credits will be required depending on master’s degree courses and practicum hours.
Courses and Curriculum Plans
Course and credit hour requirements vary depending on the focus of the master’s degree and the number of practicum hours contained in the degree.
Applicants prepared at the master’s level as advanced practice nurses (APNs – 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. Examples of part-time and full-time plans of study for APN prepared applicants follow.
Applicants prepared in non-advanced practice 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. Examples of part-time and full-time plans for study for non-APN prepared applicants follow.
Tuition Fees and Scholarships
- Indiana Residents: $725/credit hour
- Non-Indiana Residents: $950/credit hour
There is an additional fee of $100/credit hour for residency and practicum courses
Scholarships are available to DNP students. Feel free to contact the Graduate Program Advisor for more information
Admission Criteria and Application Procedures
Student instructions for Purdue University Northwest Graduate Nursing, Admission Criteria and Application Procedures for the Doctor of Nursing Practice.