University of Southern Indiana

Doctor of Nursing Practice - BSN to DNP

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 four 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:

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, educational, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.

  • Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based upon scientific findings in nursing science, clinical sciences, and organizational, political, and economic sciences.

  • Use analytic methods to appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.

  • Serve as a leader in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and international health policy.

  • Advocate for the patients and the nursing profession within government, business, education, and healthcare communities.

  • Collaborate with interprofessional teams to analyze complex practice and organizational issues in leading change to improve patient, population, and system health outcomes.

  • Analyze epidemiological, bio-statistical, environmental, and other scientific data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.

  • Integrate advanced level of judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, teaching, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient and healthcare outcomes.

Course Delivery

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.

General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements

Please refer to the following website ( to determine if the graduate nursing programs meet individual state requirements for employment.

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