Doctor of Nursing Practice

School of Nursing

The DNP is a practice-oriented doctoral degree designed to prepare advanced nurses at the highest level. This change was driven by evolving nursing roles in an increasing complex health care system, new scientific knowledge and ongoing concerns about the quality and outcomes of patient care. Keeping pace with the demands of today’s changing health care environment requires clinical experts who have the knowledge and skills to be effective and practical change agents. Graduates of DNP programs across the country are assuming clinical and leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety or roles, including faculty, nurse executives and community leaders.

Overview

The Northeastern University DNP program includes advance coursework in leadership, research translation, population health, informatics and health policy. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with a greater breadth of expertise so they can collaborate more effectively with interprofessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safety. The DNP program curriculum is delivered on-line in a hybrid format.

If you are a registered nurse with at least 2 years of nursing experience, you may enter the DNP program after completing a master’s degree in nursing or in some cases a related health field. Applicants who do not hold national certification in one other four APRN roles must provide evidence of the equivalent of 500 practicum hours in previous master’s program.

Application Due Date

March 1

Accreditation
CCNE
Contact Info
Alice Murphy

Alice Murphy
Administrative Coordinator, DNP Program
401 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3621
a.murphy@neu.edu

Sample Curriculum

Post-master’s students will build on their prior coursework and clinical foundations by completing 30 semester hours, including Capstone courses. On a full-time basis, students entering with a master’s degree can expect to commit a minimum of 4 semesters (16 months) to complete the program. Part-time options are available to all students.

DNP Sample Full Time Study Course Plan

Fall Year One
NRSG 7100 Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3SH)
NRSG 6306 Health Informatics (3SH)
NRSG 5121 Epidemiology and Population-based Health (3SH)
Total 9 SH

Spring Year One
NRSG 6300 Health Care Finance & Marketing (3SH)
NRSG 6302 Health Care Policy (3SH)
NRSG 7105 Translating Evidence into Practice (3SH)
Total 9 SH

Summer Year One
NRSG 7915 Capstone 1 (3SH)
Elective (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Fall Year Two
NRSG 7917Capstone 2 (6SH)
Total 6 SH

Program Total Semester Hours (SH): Total 30

DNP Sample Part Time Study Plan

Fall Year One
NRSG 7100 Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3SH)
NRSG 6306 Health Informatics (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Spring Year One
NRSG 6300 Health Care Finance & Marketing (3SH)
NRSG 6302 Health Care Policy (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Fall Year Two
NRSG 5121 Epidemiology and Population-based Health (3SH)
Elective (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Spring Year Two
NRSG 7105 Translating Evidence into Practice (3SH)
Total 3SH

Summer Year Two
NRSG 7915 Capstone 1 (3SH)
Total 3SH

Fall Year Three
NRSG 7917 Capstone 2 (6SH)
Total 6SH

Program Total Semester Hours (SH): Total 30

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline? How often are students admitted?

There is only one admission deadline: April 1, 2015.

What is the application timeline?

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
Application Decisions: May 1, 2015
If indicated, applicant interviews will take place in March and April. Applicants will be contacted if selected for an interview.

What is the GPA requirement and are the GREs required?

The minimum master’s GPA requirement is 3.50. There is no requirement to take the GREs.

Is a Master’s Degree in Nursing required for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program?

A master’s degree in nursing is required. In some cases registered nurses holding a master’s degree in a related health field may be acceptable.

Is there a work experience requirement?

Two years of current experience in the nursing field is required, advanced nursing is preferred.

Is there a practice scholarly hour experience requirement?

Yes, a minimum of 500 hours of practicum post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program is expected pre-admission. A minimal additional 500 practice scholarly hours will be earned within the DNP program. An e-portfolio approach is used to document these hours.

How many semester hours is the program?

The program is 30 semester credit hours in length.

What is advanced standing and what is the maximum number of advanced standing credits that I can be awarded?

If you received your master’s degree from Northeastern University (NU) and took any of the courses that are required for the DNP program in the last five (5) years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (meaning that you do not need to repeat the course). Each transcript will be reviewed individually. You may be granted a total of 9 credits of advanced standing.

How many credits can I transfer in from another program?

You may transfer in a total of nine (9) credits from another graduate nursing program if the credits were not previously applied toward another degree. However, the courses must be equivalent to our required courses and each transcript will be reviewed individually.
* Please note that a total of 9 credits (including advanced standing and transfer credits) is the maximum number of credits that will count toward the 30 credit hours required for the DNP.

What is the cost for the program?

Students pay per semester hour for the program. Fees for graduate credits for 2014-2015 are $1,270 per semester hour. The application fee is $75, waived for NU alumni or current student. Other fees may apply such as those for health insurance, recreation facilities, etc. Some of these may be optional. For more information related to graduate tuition and fees, please visit http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/studentaccounts/tuition.html

Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?

Full-time or part-time enrollment is available. Students who attend full-time complete the degree in five continuous semesters (21 months). Students who attend part-time usually complete the degree in three years. Students must consult financial aid office to assure PT status is acceptable for loan eligibility. All students (full-time or part-time) must take the NRSG7100 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice course as the first course which is offered in the Fall in conjunction with the on-site orientation.

When are classes offered?

The DNP program is offered in an on-line hybrid format with required face-to-face meetings averaging twice per semester. These meetings are usually held on an all-day Friday and Saturday morning basis. For the first fall semester, there is an additional mandatory 1½ day orientation session in early September. Students will need to be available for additional scheduled “live on-line” chats periodically.

What is the Capstone Project?

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly “Capstone” project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice knowledge and is completed over three semesters (9 semester hours). The scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication. Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address multidimensional aspects of the scholarly project. All students submit their projects to Northeastern University’s Institutional Review Board for approval prior to implementation.

Where can I go to find more information about the DNP nationally?

We suggest you visit the AACN’s website: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/DNPFAQ.htm

Capstone Project

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly “Capstone” project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice knowledge and is completed over 2 semesters (9 semester hours). The scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal or a book. This Capstone Project could be a program needs assessment with program development and evaluation, evaluation of an existing program, development of an assessment instrument/protocol, a cost/benefit analysis of program models, or other scholarly project as approved by the student’s advisor.

Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address the ethical, legal, financial and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. The DNP student will discuss his/her topic of interest, the development of the project and how it addressed the needs of a selected population; and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the project.

Each student will have a capstone advisor and expert mentor working with them on the project. 500 post master’s clinical scholarly hours will complement the 500 pre DNP clinical hours to meet the DNP competencies.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments and research centers and with others in Boston’s nursing community whose work addresses clinical and organizational problems. Our close ties with the University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, as well as with the Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service and other organizations provide opportunities to work across disciplines and access populations and sites for the Capstone project.

Apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.