Doctor of Nursing Practice

Major: NURS
Degree Awarded: D.N.P.
Unit: GN
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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. tracks. 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

Psychiatric/Mental Health

Admissions Criteria

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

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 or CCNE) 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 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Completion of accredited (by NLN or CCNE) 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.

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 two years of work experience in a Level III or Level IV NICU prior to starting clinicals. Work experience recommended for Psych/Mental Health specialty prior to admission.

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.

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 receive 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.



Said Abusalem

Assistant Professor

Paulette Adams


Fawwaz Alaloul

Assistant Professor

Catherine Batscha

Assistant Professor

Diane Chlebowy

Associate Professor

Becky Christian


Mary Beth Coty

Associate Professor

Ruth B. Craddock


Tim Crawford

Assistant Professor

Linda Freeman


Lynne Hall

Associate Dean for Research

Muna Hammash

Assistant Professor

Carla Hermann


Marcia Hern


Vicki Hines-Martin

Director of Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement

Marianne Hutti


Carlee Lehna

Associate Professor

M. Cynthia Logsdon


Rosalie Mainous


Valerie McCarthy

Assistant Professor

Cynthia McCurren


Whitney Nash
Associate Professor

Director of Practice and International Affairs

Barbara Polivka


S. Lee Ridner
Associate Professor

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Kay Roberts


Sara Robertson

Assistant Professor

Karen Robinson


Celeste Shawler

Associate Professor

Sandra Smith

Associate Professor

Barbara Speck


Ruth Staten
Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Deborah V. Thomas

Associate Professor