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Post-Master’s DNP Core Course Work

We offer a post-master’s general plan for nurses who wish to add the DNP degree to their current area of study. This program is for students who have already completed a master’s program with a specialized area of study who wish to add expertise in research and leadership to their current practice.

View the Course Catalog for course descriptions.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits33
(480 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 518Translating Evidence into Advanced Practice3
NURS 505Analytical Foundations for Practice 3
NURS 553*Practicum in Organizational Systems and Leadership3 (minimum 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 554Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advanced Practice3
NURS 557*Concepts of Practice Transformation3 (minimum 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 558*DNP Project I: Data Collection and Program Design3 (minimum 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 559*DNP Project II: Implementation, Evaluation, Dissemination3 (minimum 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 565Information Management for Clinical Practice3
NURS 576Organizational Systems and Leadership3
NURS 584Healthcare Law, Policy, and Analysis3
NURS 591Mixed Methods for Program Planning, Implementation and Outcome Evaluation3

*Practicum courses require the completion of pre-approved experience with a preceptor who is an organizational leader and who has completed a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. Post-MN DNP students must have completed a total of 1000 clinical hours post-baccalaureate degree. The Post-MN DNP program provides 480 hours. Hours completed in an MN/MSN program can be counted towards the 1000 hour total with student-provided documentation. It is possible that additional credits in clinical courses could be required beyond the 33 credits listed here.