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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Overview:
- Post B.S.
- Post Master's

Dr. Lisa Seldomridge,
Director of Graduate and Second Degree Programs
410-543-6413

Mrs. Carmel Boger,
Administrative Assistant
Graduate and Second Degree Programs
410-543-6420

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About the DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program addresses the growing need for nurses in advanced-practice nurse roles with special skills in managing complex health needs in a cost-effective and collaborative manner. The curriculum emphasizes the use of evidence-based practice and technology to guide administrative and clinical decisions, as well as policy development. DNP graduates practice at the highest level, whether working with individuals, groups or organizations, and serve as leaders in health care for the state and region.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares graduates to promote the delivery of safe, high quality care for patients with increasingly complex health care needs.  In addition, these graduates will be able to develop and implement new policies designed to improve the health care outcomes of individuals, groups and communities. They will be adept at navigating healthcare systems, working with other disciplines toward quality improvement and improved patient outcomes.  DNP graduates will also be able to move into clinical faculty roles, helping to ease the shortage of RN’s in the area by serving as faculty for institutions of higher education.

There are two entry options for the DNP Program:

  • Post-Master's DNP for professionals with an M.S. in nursing
  • Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP) for professionals with a B.S. in nursing who wish to complete a DNP and become family nurse practitioners.

Post-Master's to DNP Entry Option

For professionals with an M.S. in nursing, there are two concentrations within the post-Master's to DNP:

  • Post-Master's to DNP - Leadership
  • Post-Master's to DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
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Post-Master's to DNP - Leadership Curriculum

The Post-Master's to DNP - Leadership curriculum is a 38 minimum credit option for individuals in advanced practice roles, including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse administrators, and nurse educators. 

Designed for working professionals and available in a distance accessible format, candidates may possibly complete their degree in three years, taking approximately six credits per semester. Individuals who take fewer courses per semester, will take longer to finish. Any students who do not already hold national certification as an Advanced Practice RN may need to take additional credits.

Course work includes: evidence-based practice, health policy and health care systems, health care management, finance, informatics, quality improvement, health promotion and clinical prevention, genetics and genomics.  A three-credit graduate elective chosen by the student with the approval of their advisor is used to supplement the core of required courses and is tailored to student interests.  All students complete a comprehnsive DNP project and 1000 clinical hours between their Master's degree and SU's Post-Master's DNP program.  At least 400 clinical hours must be completed at SU while enrolled in the DNP program. 

Applications for Fall 2016 are currently being accepted until May 15, 2016. 

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Post-Master's to DNP - FNP Curriculum

The Post-Master's to DNP - FNP curriculum is a 68 minimum credit option for individuals who wish to complete a DNP degree and be eligable to take a national certification exam to become a family nurse practitioner.

Designed for working professionals and available in a distance accessible format, candidates may possibly complete their degree in three to four years, taking approximately six credits per semester. Individuals who take fewer courses per semester, will take longer to finish.

Course work includes: evidence-based practice, health policy and health care systems, health care management, finance, informatics, quality improvement, health promotion and clinical prevention, genetics and genomics.  A three-credit graduate elective chosen by the student with the approval of their advisor is used to supplement the core of required courses and is tailored to student interests.  All students complete a comprehnsive DNP project and 1000 clinical hours between their Master's degree and SU's Post-Master's DNP program.  At least 400 clinical hours must be completed at SU while enrolled in the DNP program. 

Applications for Fall 2016 are currently being accepted until May 15, 2016. 

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Admission Requirements-Post-Master's to DNP

Admission to the Post-Master's DNP program requires acceptance to the University for graduate study, as well as acceptance into the Nursing Program.  Admission to the Post-Master's DNP program is a competitive process, and the following required items will be considered individually as the final applicant selections are made.

  • MS in Nursing from a nationally accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Proof of completion of Master's level statistics, advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment.
  • Current and active United States Registered Nursing (RN) license
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three academic or professional references/letters of recommendation
  • A 500 to 1,000-word essay outlining why the DNP is important to the applicant, and how it is consistent with their academic and professional goals and objectives
  • Residency/Domicile Information form (for those students applying for in-state tuition)
  • Documents required of international students: Please consult the Center for International Education at http://www.salisbury.edu/intled/ISS/admissions/
  • International Students: Proficiency in spoken  and written English with the following minimum TOEFL scores: 550 for the paper-based examination, 79 on Internet-based examination

All Post-Master's DNP applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate Program Director, Department Chair or members of the Graduate Program Committee. Clinical experience is not required, but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.

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After acceptance into the nursing program and prior to beginning any courses students must:

  1. Meet all Department of Nursing health requirements.
  2. Provide evidence of current CPR certification, and evidence of current RN license in Maryland or state where you are practicing.
  3. Provide a 2x2" passport photo for their permanent department file.

Application materials for the Post-Master's DNP

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Certificate of Completion: Post DNP - FNP

This certificate of completion program is designed for students who have already completed a DNP degree or are enrolled in a DNP program and wish to complete coursework for eligibility to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam. Admission to the certificate of completion program is competitive and limited in numbers. 

Note: This certificate is not representative of the FNP credential. The award of this certificate of completion represents that the individual has completed the educational requirements for examination and licensure as a family nurse practitioner.

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Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP) Option

  • For professionals with a B.S. in nursing who wish to complete a DNP and become family nurse practitioners

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Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP) Curriculum

Salisbury University has transitioned its family nurse practitioner (FNP) program to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in accordance with the national standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  The post-baccalaureate DNP program allows students with a bachelor's degree to enter directly into doctoral study while completing course work for eligability to take the FNP certification exam.

The program is designed for students who wish to engage in full-time study.  The 80-credit curriculum spans 4 years - full time during fall and spring semesters with a lighter academic load during the summer.  Individuals who take fewer courses per semester will take longer to finish.    Courses are taught by experienced faculty, with small classes that foster close student-faculty working relationships.  All DNP students complete a comprehensive DNP project and 1000 clinical practice hours. 

Course work includes: quantitative and qualitative research, evidence-based practice, epidemiology, applied statistics, advanced human physiology, advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, family nursing, adult health care management, women's and children's health care management, issues in advanced nursing practice, health care systems, finance, informatics, quality improvement, health promotion and clinical prevention, genetics and genomics.  Graduates are eligible to take the certification exams offered by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurses Practitioners.

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Admission Requirements - Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP)

Admission to the Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP) program requires acceptance to the University for graduate study, as well as acceptance into the Post-BS to DNP Program. Admission to the Post-BS to DNP program is a competitive process, and the following required items will be considered individually as the final applicant selections are made.

  • BS in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
    • Applicants with cumulative undergraduate GPA 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) are given first priority.
    • Applicants with cumulative undergraduate GPA 3.0 - 3.49 may be considered on an individual basis.
    • Proof of successful completion of basic undergraduate Statistics and undergraduate Research  (minimum grade of "C" required).
  • Current and active United States Registered Nursing (RN)license
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • GRE - Analytical Writing Score (minimum 3.5/6.0)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three academic or professional references/letters of recommendation
  • A 500 to 1,000-word essay outlining why the DNP is important to the applicant, and how it is consistent with their academic and professional goals and objectives
  • Residency/Domicile Information form (for those students applying for in-state tuition)
  • Documents required of international students: Please consult the Center for International Education at http://www.salisbury.edu/intled/ISS/admissions/
  • International Students: Proficiency in spoken and written English with the following minimum TOEFL scores: 550 for the paper-based examination, 213 for the computer-based examination, and 79 for the Internet-based examination

All Post-BS to DNP applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate Program Director, Department Chair, or members of the Graduate Program Committee. Clinical experience is not required for the Post-BS to DNP, but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.

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Enrollment Requirements - Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP):

After acceptance into the nursing program and prior to beginning any courses students must:

  1. Meet all Department of Nursing health requirements.
  2. Provide evidence of current CPR certification, and evidence of current RN license in Maryland or state where you are practicing.
  3. Provide a 2x2" passport photo for their permanent department file.

Application materials for the Post-Bachelor's to DNP (FNP)

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For More Information

  • Dr. Lisa Seldomridge, Director of Graduate and Second Degree Programs
    410-543-6413 
  • Mrs. Carmel Boger, Administrative Assistant for Graduate and Second Degree Programs
    410-543-6420
     
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Overview (PDF) 

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