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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Aspiring nursing managers or directors could build the skills they need to reach their professional goals when they choose to enroll in Kaplan University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Find out more about this doctoral degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Description:

Kaplan University's online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program allows students to select from three specialization areas and provides them with the opportunity to study advanced topics in nursing care administration, decision making processes, and leadership practices. Studies are conducted through instruction, project development, and clinical experiences. Students can choose a specialization from adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, executive leader, or family nurse practitioner. Topics likely to be addressed in program coursework include health care delivery systems, patient education systems, therapeutic interventions, care coordination, health assessment techniques, and ethical leadership. Each specialization offers students the chance to develop and implement a project addressing care quality and patient outcome improvements within their chosen scope of study.

The standard DNP degree track is for students who completed Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing - DNP Path program or earned a master's degree in nursing (MSN) from another accredited institution. Students who have an MSN in a specialization different from the one they wish to study in this doctoral program must complete additional coursework through the DNP - Post-MSN track.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length / Total Credits Required:

50-115 credits, depending on track and specialization. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Nursing Practice:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

  • DN 705: Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice II (5 credits)
  • DN 710: Clinical Decision Making for Advanced Practice (5 credits)
  • DN 715: Clinical Education in the Care Environment (5 credits)
  • DN 720: DNP Clinical Scholarship (7 credits)
  • DN 730: Clinical Scholarship Development (8 credits)
  • DN 810: DNP Clinical Scholarship Implementation (8 credits)
  • DN 820: DNP Clinical Leadership Capstone Project - Evaluation and Dissemination (7 credits)
  • MN 570: Applied Epidemiology (5 credits)
    • Note: This course is considered a core course in the standard DNP track and a specialization course in the DNP - Post-MSN track.

Executive Leader

  • DN 705: Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice II (5 credits)
  • DN 725: Synthesis Project Development (8 credits)
  • DN 735: Synthesis Project Implementation (8 credits)
  • DN 745: Synthesis Project Evaluation and Dissemination (8 credits)
  • DN 815: DNP Residency I - Systems-Focused Role (8 credits)
  • DN 825: DNP Residency II - Systems-Focused Role (8 credits)
  • MN 620: Ethical Leadership in Health Care (5 credits)
  • MN 625: Transforming the Health Care Organization (5 credits)
  • MN 630: Advanced Nursing Leadership Concepts (5 credits)
  • MN 640: Executive Leadership and Management Practicum I (9 credits)

DNP - Post-MSN Track: Specialization Courses

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

  • MN 550: Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (5 credits)
  • MN 551: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span (5 credits)
  • MN 552: Advanced Health Assessment (5 credits)
  • MN 553: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span (5 credits)
  • MN 554: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Contiuum I (5 credits)
  • MN 555: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum II (5 credits)
  • MN 556: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum III (5 credits)
  • MN 560: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical I (5 credits)
  • MN 561: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical II (5 credits)
  • MN 599: Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical III (5 credits)
  • MN 570: Applied Epidemiology (5 credits)
  • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)

Executive Leader

  • MN 512: Leadership, Organizational Theory, and Behavior (5 credits)
  • MN 513: Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting (5 credits)
  • MN 514: Human Resources Management (5 credits)
  • MN 515: Innovation in Health Care Information Technology - Administrative and Advanced Practice Priorities (5 credits)
  • MN 520: Executive Leader Practicum (5 credits)
  • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • MN 550: Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (5 credits)
  • MN 551: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span (5 credits)
  • MN 552: Advanced Health Assessment (5 credits)
  • MN 553: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span (5 credits)
  • MN 554: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum I (5 credits)
  • MN 555: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum II (5 credits)
  • MN 556: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum III (5 credits)
  • MN 557: Primary Care of the Pediatric Client (5 credits)
  • MN 560: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical I (5 credits)
  • MN 561: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical II (5 credits)
  • MN 562: Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical - Pediatrics (5 credits)
  • MN 570: Applied Epidemiology (5 credits)
  • MN 599: Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical III (5 credits)
  • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once one has completed Kaplan University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program and any necessary certification exams, * graduates could be prepared to apply to leadership positions in a variety of health care environments. They could oversee clinical nursing staff, perform executive administrative duties, or handle advanced nursing responsibilities in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, hospices, home nursing companies, long-term care facilities, or group medical offices. An academic career at the postsecondary level might also be considered.

Depending on the chosen concentration, positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Professor of nursing
  • Clinical nurse director
  • Geriatric nurse practitioner
  • Chief nursing executive / officer

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