James Madison University

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


Curriculum Overview

Because DNP education is specialized, the specialty content preparing DNP graduates for various practice roles will differ substantially across specialty areas. However, all DNP graduates will demonstrate the competencies delineated in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (2006) The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing.  These include:

  • Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
  • Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-based Practice
  • Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
  • Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation's Health
  • Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP Course List


A complete listing of all core and elective courses is available in the Nursing section of the JMU Graduate Catalog.

Post-MSN to DNP Curriculum Plan


View Sample Plans of Study for Full and Part-Time Students

Course # Course Title Credits
650 Organizational Behavior in Health Care 3
690 Epidemiology in Population Health 3
692 Health Policy for Practice and Advocacy 3
711 Analytic Methods for Health Care 3
712 Issues and Methods in Translational Inquiry 3
713 Evidence Based Practice: Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3
714 Evidence Based Practice: Chronic Illness 3
771 Advanced Practicum I 3
772 Advanced Practicum II* 3 - 5
773 Advanced Practicum III* 3 - 5
800 Capstone Project 4
  Cognates^ 6
  Total Credit Hours 31-44

*The DNP requires 1000 course-related practice hours post-BSN to DNP. Post-master's student will have completed a variable number of MSN contact hours.

^Cognate courses can be taken any semester or over the summer.

For more information, contact Dr. Linda Hulton, DNP Coordinator at 540-568-6883
hultonlj@jmu.edu