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Curriculum

A curriculum designed to develop leaders.

You’re not just after a degree — you want the expertise, knowledge, and experience that can put you in a position to make real change in your life and in the industry. Misericordia University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a practice-focused doctoral degree that equips advanced practice clinicians with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in organizational change and health policy.

As a catalyst for improved healthcare delivery in an inter-professional environment, the program is designed to combine theory, practice and inquiry to help foster the highest level of mastery to help you meet the nation’s and world’s increasingly complex healthcare needs.

Laura Lunger


“We give students the individualized attention they need to be successful — even in the online setting.”
       — Laura Lunger, MSN, CRNP, NP-c,                                          Assistant Professor

Our online DNP program is designed to accommodate the needs of busy healthcare professionals and in response to growing national demand for advanced practice nurses prepared at the doctoral level.

The online DNP curriculum features 27 credits* coursework structured around the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. This includes 500 practice hours of experiential learning, which culminates in the completion of an evidence-based practice clinical capstone project.

If you choose to add a specialization in nursing education to your online DNP, you’ll complete a total of 36 credits and 500 practice hours with an additional 50 practicum hours.

* The BSN to DNP program curriculum includes additional credits toward degree completion

The program is available in the following three tracks:

BSN to DNP  MSN to DNP  MSN to DNP — Nursing Education

BSN-DNP Program Curriculum – Family Nurse Practitioner

Practice Hours: 500 | Clinical Hours: 630 | Credits: 68

Year One (3 semesters)
26 credits          
NSG 527 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits   DNP 803 Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for Diverse Populations 3 Credits
NSG 528 Advanced Physical Ex and Dx Reasoning 3 Credits   NSG 690 Primary Care OCI I (FNP and AGPCNP tracks) 1 Credit
DNP 800 Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role 3 Credits   NSG 529 Introduction to Clinical Management of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing 4 Credits
NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care 3 Credits   DNP 807 Transformation of Health Care Through Informatics & Patient Care Technology 3 Credits
DNP 802 Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy 3 Credits        
             
Year Two (3 semesters)
19 credits          
NSG 613 Acute Episodic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults 3 Credits   NSG 691 Primary Care OCI II (FNP and AGPCNP tracks) 1 Credit
NSG 614 Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults 3 Credits   NSG 617 Women's Health 3 Credits
NSG 615 Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults 4 Credits   NSG 618 Clinical Management of Women’s Health 2 Credits
NSG 616 Evidenced-Based Research Utilization for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits        
             
Year Three - (2 semesters)
23 Credits          
NSG 612A Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis 3 Credits   DNP 804 Financial Management & Grant Writing 3 Credits
NSG 619 Health of Children 3 Credits   DNP 805 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone I 3 Credits
NSG 620 Clinical Management of Children’s Health 2 Credits   DNP 806 Leadership, System Management & Collab. Practice 3 Credits
DNP 801 Analytical Methods & Scholarship of Inquiry 3 Credits   DNP 808 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II 3 Credits

BSN-DNP students receive the MSN at the completion of the spring semester at the May graduation ceremony and are then board eligible.
Students then complete the final summer semester and graduates are awarded the DNP at the December graduation ceremony.

Click here to view course descriptions in the University catalog
 

BSN-DNP Program Curriculum – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Practice Hours: 500 | Clinical Hours: 540 | Credits: 45

Year One (3 semesters)
20 credits          
NSG 527 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits   DNP 802 Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy 3 Credits
NSG 528 Advanced Physical Ex and Dx Reasoning 3 Credits   NSG 690 Primary Care OCI I (FNP and AGPCNP tracks) 1 Credit
DNP 800 Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role 3 Credits   NSG 529 Introduction to Clinical Management of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing 4 Credits
NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care 3 Credits        
             
Year Two (3 semesters)
19 credits          
NSG 613 Acute Episodic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults 3 Credits   NSG 691 Primary Care OCI II (FNP and AGPCNP tracks) 1 Credit
NSG 614 Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults 3 Credits   NSG 617 Women's Health 3 Credits
NSG 615 Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults 4 Credits   NSG 618 Clinical Management of Women’s Health 2 Credits
NSG 616 Evidenced-Based Research Utilization for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits        
             
Year Three - (1 semesters)
6 Credits          
NSG 612A Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis 3 Credits   NSG 622 Evidence-Based Practice Synthesis 3 for APRN (Capstone) 3 Credits

BSN-DNP students receive the MSN at the completion of the spring semester at the May graduation ceremony and are then board eligible.
Students then complete the final summer semester and graduates are awarded the DNP at the December graduation ceremony.

Click here to view course descriptions in the University catalog
 

MSN-DNP Program Curriculum

Practice Hours: 1,000* | Credits: 27

*By choosing our MSN to DNP track, you will be awarded 500 practice hours upon verification of national APRN Board Certification. You will also have 1,000 total practice hours upon graduation

Year One (3 semesters)
18 credits          
DNP 800 Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role 3 Credits   DNP 804 Financial Management & Grant Writing 3 Credits
DNP 801 Analytical Methods & Scholarship of Inquiry 3 Credits   DNP 806 Leadership, System Management & Collab. Practice 3 Credits
DNP 803 Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for Diverse Populations 3 Credits   DNP 807 Transformation of Health Care Through Informatics & Patient Care Technology 3 Credits
             
Year Two (2 semesters)
9 credits          
DNP 802 Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy 3 Credits   DNP 808 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II 3 Credits
DNP 805 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone I 3 Credits        

Click here to view course descriptions in the University catalog
 

MSN-DNP Program Curriculum - Nursing Education

Practice Hours: 1,000* | Credits: 36

*By choosing our MSN to DNP track, you will be awarded 500 practice hours upon verification of national APRN Board Certification. You will also have 1,000 total practice hours upon graduation

Year One (3 semesters)
18 credits          
DNP 800 Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role 3 Credits   DNP 804 Financial Management & Grant Writing 3 Credits
DNP 801 Analytical Methods & Scholarship of Inquiry 3 Credits   DNP 806 Leadership, System Management & Collab. Practice 3 Credits
DNP 803 Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for Diverse Populations 3 Credits   DNP 807 Transformation of Health Care Through Informatics & Patient Care Technology 3 Credits
             
Year Two (3 semesters)
18 credits          
DNP 802 Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy 3 Credits   DNP 808 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II 3 Credits
DNP 805 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone I 3 Credits   DNP 815 Nursing Education Practicum 3 Credits
DNP 810 Teaching-Learning Strategies 3 Credits   DNP 820 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II 3 Credits

DNP 810 Teaching-Learning Strategies may be taken concurrently with DNP 803 Advanced Bio Medical Ethics and Healthcare Policy.
DNP 815 Curriculum Design and DNP 820 Nursing Education Practicum may be taken concurrently with DNP 805 Capstone Project I.
DNP 820 Nursing Education Practicum hours do not count toward DNP degree practice hour requirement.

Click here to view course descriptions in the University catalog
 

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