Doctor of Nursing Practice

Major: NURS
Degree Awarded: D.N.P.
Unit: GN
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/nursing

Program Information

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is designed to prepare nurse leaders in the clinical and systems arena to meet the challenges of today's health care environment.  The D.N.P. is focused on developing the advanced practice knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes of individuals or populations through direct care, management of care, administration of organizations, and implementation of health policy. The University of Louisville offers both the B.S.N.-D.N.P. and the M.S.N.-D.N.P. options.  The B.S.N.-D.N.P. requires a minimum of three years of full-time study.  The last two years of the program include 1,000 clinical and project  hours.  The M.S.N.-D.N.P is designed for advanced practice nurses and focuses on leadership for population health.  A minimum of two years of part-time study is required. Clinical hours vary depending on masters preparation.  Students must provide documentation of previous clinical  hours and complete a minimum of 330 project hours, for a total of 1,000 hours.

Specialties Available:

Adult Gerontology Acute Care

Adult Gerontology Primary Care

Family

Neonatal

Psychiatric/Mental Health

Admissions Criteria

Application deadline for fall admissions is February 1st.  Fall semester admissions only.

A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the DNP program.  The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, including:  the applicant's professional career goals, academic capabilities, GPA, work experience, certifications, leadership and community engagement.

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the following items must be submitted:

To the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

1. Completed Graduate School Application including $60 application fee.

2. Transcripts

If B.S.N.-D.N.P.applicant Official transcripts representing all college coursework from regionally accredited schools with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale.  Completion of an accredited (by NLN, CCNE or ACEN) baccalaureate program in nursing must be verified. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university is required.

If M.S.N.-D.N.P. applicant Official transcripts representing all college course work with cumulative graduate and undergraduate grade point averages of at least 3.25 on 4.0 scale.  Completion of accredited (by NLN, CCNE or ACEN) graduate and undergraduate programs in nursing must be verified. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university is required.

3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals chosen from among:  former faculty, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professional who can speak of academic and/or professional nursing capabilities and potential.  At least one recommendation should be from a nurse.  These letters should accompany the Letter of Evaluation form required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

4. Goal Statement that discusses career goals, areas of expertise, and reasons for pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice.  Maximum of 3 pages; double spaced; 12 point font.

5. Resume including your RN license number.

6. Proof of English Proficiency: International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by 1) TOEFL examination scores of: Computer-based test minimum score of 220; Written Essay score of 4.0; Paper-based test minimum score of 560; Written Essay score of 4.0; Internet based test minimum score of 79; Written Essay score of 4.0 or 2) by successfully completing the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville or 3) by demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution or 4) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of at least a 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam. 

  To the School of Nursing, Office of Student Services:

1. Completed online Legal Questionnaire

2. A Certified Background Check

3. A personal interview may be required.

*Neonatal specialty requires a minimum of one year of work experience in a Level III or Level IV NICU prior to admission. Work experience recommended prior to the first D.N.P. clinical course in all other specialties.  

Academic Policies

Academic Progress in the Graduate Program

Satisfactory academic progress in a program involves maintaining the academic and professional standards expected in a particular discipline or program and many include demonstration of the ability to function as a professional practitioner.  Failure to maintain these standards or demonstrate such abilities may result in the termination of the student's admission to the program.

Time Limitations for Degree-Seekers

Students must complete the degree requirements within six (6) years of beginning the program of study.

Removal from Clinical

A student who is unsafe in a clinical area or research setting is subject to academic action including dismissal from the program.

Course Offerings

Course offerings are subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Preceptorship/clinical experiences are scheduled on any day of the week based on availability of clinical sites and preceptors.  Limited evening and weekend preceptorship experiences may be available.  Preceptorship experiences throughout the state are also possible but not guaranteed. The office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs oversees student placement with preceptors, in collaboration with the Clinical Placement Coordinator and course faculty.

Late Complete Withdrawal after the Deadline

Upon proper documentation of extreme circumstances, decision for approval of late complete withdrawals may be made by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.  Late complete withdrawals are those requested after the deadline has passed and before the instructor has assigned a grade.

Students may not withdraw from any course after the published deadline in the online Schedule of Courses without the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. This is granted only because of illness or conditions beyond the student's control.  The grade report would reflect a grade of W.

Student Health Services Requirements

Each student must comply with the current student health policy of the Health Sciences Center.  All costs associated with the compliance are the responsibility of the student.  Because of contractual Agreements with agencies and the changing needs of society, this policy is updated  periodically.  The current health policies are listed below.  It is the responsibility of the student to maintain his/her health in  order to insure safety for other students and clients. If faculty or the agency deems that any student creates a health risk, the student may be excluded from the clinical experience and/or the program.  Note:  Health policies are constantly under review by faculty based on CDC changing requirements and community expectations.  Students will be notified of any policy changes, and compliance will be required.

Clinical Requirements

Before beginning the first clinical course in the D.N.P. program, students must be in clinical compliance.  Detailed information is provided at student orientations, the School of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook and is available through the School of  Nursing, Office of Student Services.

Repeating Nursing Courses

D.N.P. student who receives a grade of C+ or below in a required course must repeat the course.  Students are allowed to repeat one required nursing curriculum course only one time.  A student who receives a grade of C+ or below in a second course required in the nursing curriculum will be dismissed from the program.  Repeating a course is not an automatic privilege, and students may have to petition to the School of Nursing for permission to repeat a nursing course.  Students will be allowed to repeat a course on a space-available basis.

Probation and Dismissal

If the cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation for the next regular semester.  If the cumulative grade point average is not raised to a minimum of 3.0 by the end of the probation semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.  The dismissal will be reflected on the student's transcript.  If a student wishes to continue at the university, he/she must apply and be accepted to another unit in order to continue to enroll in classes.

Curriculum

B.S.N.-D.N.P. 

Course #

Core Courses Required for Specialties

Credit Hours

NURS 605

Theoretical Applications for Practice

3

NURS 607

Foundational Concepts of EBP

3

NURS 608

Healthcare Systems and Economics

3

NURS 652

Statistics

3

NURS 657

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 725

Leadership & Health Policy for Doctorally Prepared Nurse

3

*NURS 740

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NURS 741

Advanced Pathophysiology

4

*NURS 742

Advanced Clinical Assessment

3

NURS 743

Epidemiology

3

NURS 744

Synthesis & Evaluation of EBP

3

NURS 745

Health Information Technology

3

NURS 746

Program Development & Evaluation

3

NURS 747

Finance Mgt. in Health Care Delivery

2

NURS 748

Transformational Leadership

3

NURS 750

DNP Project I

3

NURS 751

DNP Project II

3

NURS 752

DNP Project III

3

*NURS 787

Clinical Practicum I

2

*NURS 788

Clinical Practicum II

3

*NURS 789

Clinical Practicum III

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS, Core Classes

62

*Not required for Neonatal

 

Adult Gerontology Acute

Course #

Specialty Courses

Credit Hours

NURS 754

Differential Diagnosis

1

NURS 756

Procedures & Diagnostics for Adult Health

2

NURS 760

Gerontology Pharmacology

1

NURS 779

Diagnosis & Management for Adult Acute I

3

NURS 780

Procedures & Diagnostics for Acute Care

2

NURS 781

Diagnosis & Management for Adult Acute II

3

NURS 783

Diagnosis & Management for Adult Acute III

2

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS, Specialty Courses14

 

Adult Gerontology Primary Care

Course #

Specialty Courses

Credit Hours

NURS 753

Adolescent Well Child Theory

1

NURS 754

Differential Diagnosis

1

NURS 755

Diagnosis & Management for Adult Health

4

NURS 756

Procedures Adult Health

2

NURS 757

Diagnosis & Management for Women's Health

2

NURS 758

Diagnosis & Management for Mental Health

2

NURS 759

Diagnosis & Management for Geriatric Health

2

NURS 760

Gerontology Pharmacology

1

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS, Specialty Courses15

 

Family Nurse Practitioner

Course #

Specialty Courses

Credit Hours

NURS 754

Differential Diagnosis

1

NURS 755

Diagnosis & Management for Adult Health

4

NURS 756

Procedures Adult Health

2

NURS 757

Diagnosis & Management for Women's Health

2

NURS 758

Diagnosis & Management for Mental Health

2

NURS 760

Gerontology Pharmacology

1

NURS 761

Pediatric & Adolescent Well Child Theory

2

NURS 762

Diagnosis & Management for Pediatric Health

2

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS, Specialty Courses16

 

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Course #

Specialty Courses

Credit Hours

NURS 761

Pediatric & Adolescent Well Child Theory

2

NURS 763

Neonatal Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology I

3

NURS 764

Diagnostic Reasoning

1

NURS 765

Neonatal Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology II

3

NURS 766

Diagnostic Reasoning II

1

NURS 767

Neontal Residency I

3

NURS 768

Neontal Residency II

3

NURS 769

Neonatal Residency III

3

NURS 784

Neonatal Advanced Pharmacology

3

NURS 785

Neonatal Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 786

Human Embryology & Genetics

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS, Specialty Courses28

 

Psychiatric Mental Health

Course #

Specialty Courses

Credit Hours

NURS 770

Advanced Psych Assessment & Clinical Interview

2

NURS 771

Psychopathology

2

NURS 772

Psychopharmacology

2

NURS 773

Psych Mental Health I

3

NURS 774

Psych Mental Health II

3

NURS 775

Psych Mental Health III

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS, Specialty Courses15

 

Course #

MSN-DNP

Credit Hours

NURS 608

Healthcare Systems & Economics

3

NURS 652

Statistics

3

NURS 725

Leadership & Health Policy for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse

3

NURS 743

Epidemiology

3

NURS 744

Synthesis & Evaluation of EBP

3

NURS 745

Health Information Technology

3

NURS 746

Program Development

3

NURS 747

Finance Management in Healthcare Delivery

2

NURS 748

Transformational Leadership

3

NURS 750

DNP Project I

3

NURS 751

DNP Project II

3

NURS 752

DNP Project III

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

35

Faculty

Said Abusalem

Associate Professor

Fawwaz Alaloul

Assistant Professor

Maryam Alaradi

Assistant Professor

Catherine Batscha

Associate Professor

Angela Calloway

Instructor

Diane Chlebowy
Associate Professor

Director of M.S.N. Program

Becky Christian
Professor

Director of Ph.D. Program

Paul Clark

Assistant Professor

Mary Beth Coty

Associate Professor

Tim Crawford

Assistant Professor

Lynne Hall
Professor

Associate Dean for Research

Muna Hammash

Assistant Professor

Carla Hermann

Professor

Marcia Hern
Professor

Dean

Vicki Hines-Martin
Professor

Director of Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement

Luz Huntington-Moskos

Assistant Professor

Marianne Hutti,

Professor

Beth Johnson

Assistant Professor

M. Cynthia Logsdon

Professor

Kimberly Meyer

Lecturer

Heather Mitchell
Assistant Professor

Director of Traditional B.S.N .Program, Louisville

Whitney Nash
Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Practice and International Affairs

Heather Owens

Assistant Professor

Barbara Polivka

Professor

S. Lee Ridner,

Professor

Sara Robertson
Assistant Professor

Director of D.N.P. Program

Melanie Schrader

Assistant Professor

Celeste Shawler

Associate Professor

Sandra Smith

Associate Professor

Ruth Staten
Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Karen Turner

Assistant Professor