The College of Nursing and Health Profession’s commitment to quality nursing education and responsiveness to regional and national healthcare needs serve as the foundation for our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This practice-focused doctorate will prepare nurses in multiple roles to make contributions to healthcare and nursing through scholarly practice, healthcare leadership, and nursing education. Course content builds upon the bachelor of science in nursing degree and the BSN to DNP curriculum includes a minimum of 78 credit hours. The curriculum consists of a four-year (full-time) or five-year (part-time) plan of study for doctoral level coursework and includes the completion of an evidence-based DNP project. The program includes two-to-three days of on-campus coursework most semesters. Clinical hours will be completed during the final year of the program.
Students admitted to the USI DNP program may select from five areas of study concentration:
In all concentrations, the core coursework is the same. Students focus on their specialty concentration during the final year of study, including clinical experiences. The DNP project focuses on an endeavor consistent with the student’s identified study concentration.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares experts in advanced nursing with emphasis placed on innovative, evidence- based practice that reflects the application of credible research findings. The expanded knowledge base in nursing will broaden the DNP graduate’s ability to translate that knowledge quickly and effectively to benefit patients, to improve outcomes, and to contribute to the profession.
Upon completion of this program, the DNP graduate will be able to:
The BSN to DNP courses will use a hybrid method of course delivery with on-campus education combined with distance education delivery using the Blackboard course management system. Student must have a computer with Internet access that supports video streaming. Each student will be required to attend on-campus course sessions according to their study plan. Each on campus course will be approximately 2-3 days dedicated to class time, presentations, student projects, DNP project, and meetings with faculty. Student attendance for each intensive is mandated as a requirement of the BSN to DNP program curriculum.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).