Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Overview Drexel's accredited online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or practitioners and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes. Nurses who graduate from Drexel's DNP program are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates. Study TracksPractitioner TrackFor students who want to remain in clinical practice post-graduationExecutive Track For students who want careers in executive nursing and health care management, but who still prefer a nursing doctorate with a connection to clinical practiceUpon graduation, you will be able to:Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findingsTranslate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomesUse advanced communication skills - to lead quality improvement and patient safetyUse principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare deliveryDemonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providersEvaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare deliveryClinical RequirementsA total of 500 clinical hours are required, and are built into the following courses and project: NURS 830 - 125 HoursNURS 835 - 125 HoursDNP Project - 250 Hours*The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.*State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.Required Courses NURS 703Health Policy and Economics3.0NURS 706Applied Epidemiology3.0NURS 713Human Responses to Altered Function in Health and Illness3.0NURS 714Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Nursing Inquiry3.0NURS 716Scientific Foundation of Nursing Knowledge Development3.0NURS 718Quantitative Methods in Clinical Nursing3.0NURS 719Leadership in Organizations and Systems3.0NURS 720Health Information Technology and Information Systems 3.0NURS 830Doctoral Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum3.0NURS 835Doctoral Nursing Practice Role Practicum 3.0NURS 836Clinical and Applied Nursing Ethics3.0NURS 837Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice3.0NURS 840DNP Project Seminar3.0NURS 841DNP Project Advisement1.0NURS 891Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse Executive3.0or NURS 892 Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse PractitionerRSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0Total Credits46.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A Master's Degree in any field If your Master's is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing is also requiredPrevious experience as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist,) or a nurse manager/executiveCurrent United States licensure as a registered nurseRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationCopies of current RN license, advanced practice nursing licensure and advanced certification documentsOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo letters of recommendationNurse Managers/Executives - Recommenders must be your supervisors or former faculty and have a graduate or doctoral degree. Co-worker recommendations will not be acceptedPersonal statement/essay integrating responses to the following questions in 2-3 pages, double-spaced: What is your area of interest (clinical practice, education, administration/nurse executive etc.) and how will you apply the DNP to your practice area?Identify a clinical problem or nursing process of interest you would like to develop for your practice-focused DNP project in a health care practice or system. Discuss why it is a problem and how it relates to the DNP project in which you are interested. Explain how you aim to use the evidence-based practice project to improve processes or health outcomes.Current curriculum vitae Nurse Managers/Executives - You must identify your title and include a description of this roleAdvanced Practice Nurses - Submit documentation that you have one of the following certifications: Advanced Practice Certification (CNP, CNM, CRNA, or CNS)Nurse Managers/Executives - Submit documentation that you have one of the following certifications or verification that you are scheduled to take one of these exams: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NEA)American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive (NE)American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)Additional requirements for International StudentsBefore matriculation, accepted students must have a satisfactory physical examination and pay a non-refundable $750 deposit that will go toward the first quarter's tuition. Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $953 per credit. This rate applies only to new online students. Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify. This program is eligible for Financial Aid. Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations. Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings. When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. Additional Equipment/Lab Fees Academic Calendar 2016-2017 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2016 September 19, 2016 December 3, 2016 December 5, 2016 December 10, 2016 Winter 2017 January 9, 2017 March 18, 2017 March 20, 2017 March 25, 2017 Spring 2017 April 3, 2017 June 10, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 16, 2017 Summer 2017 June 26, 2017 September 2, 2017 September 5, 2017 September 9, 2017 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 Apply today for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.