DNP Program

DNP 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

Post-MSN to DNP Curriculum Plan
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 1 - 5
772 Advanced Practicum II* 1 - 5
773 Advanced Practicum III* 1 - 5
799 DNP Project 1
800 Scholarly Writing and Presentations 3
N/A Cognates^ 6
Total Credit Hours 31-46
  • *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. Jeannie Garber, DNP Coordinator at 540-568-7052 garbe2js@jmu.edu

Sample Plans of Study for the DNP Program

Full Time Post Master’s to DNP Curriculum

Program Total: 31-46 credits

Year One

Spring (12 credits)

  • NSG 690 Epidemiology & Population Health (3)
  • NSG 692 Health Policy (3)
  • NSG 714 Evidence Based Practice: Chronic Illness (3)
  • Focused Cognate (3)

Year Two

Fall (7-11 credits)

  • NSG 711 Analytical Methods (3)
  • NSG 713 Evidence Based Practice: Health Promotion (3)
  • NSG 771 Advanced Practicum I (1 -5)

Spring (7 credits)

  • NSG 712 Issues and Methods of Translational Inquiry (3)
  • NSG 650 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • NSG 772 Advanced Practicum II (1 -5)^

Year Three

Fall (8 - 12 credits)

  • Focused Cognate (3)
  • NSG 773 Advanced Practicum III (1-5)^
  • NSG 800 Scholarly Writing and Presentations (3)
  • NSG 799 DNP Project (1)

^The DNP requires 1000 course-related practice hours post-BSN to DNP. Post-master’s students will have completed a variable number of MSN program contact hours.

Part-Time Post Master’s to DNP Curriculum

Program Total: 31-46 credits

Year One

Spring (6 credits)

  • NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Health (3)
  • NSG 692 Health Policy (3)

Year Two

Fall (6 credits)

  • NSG 711 Analytical Methods (3)
  • NSG 713 Evidence Based Practice: Health Promotion (3)

Spring (9 credits)

  • NSG 714 Evidence Based Practice: Chronic Illness (3)
  • NSG 712 Issues and Methods of Translational Inquiry (3)
  • Focused cognate (3)

Year Three

Fall (4 - 8 credits)

  • NSG 650 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • NSG 771 Advanced Practicum I (1 - 5)^

Spring (4 -8 credits)

  • Focused Cognate (3)
  • NSG 772 Advanced Practicum II (1 - 5)^

Year Four

Fall (5 - 9 credits)

  • NSG 773 Advanced Practicum III (1- 5)^
  • NSG 799 DNP Project (1)
  • NSG 800 Scholarly Writing and Presentations(3)

^The DNP requires 1000 course-related practice hours post-BSN to DNP. Post-master’s students will have completed a variable number of MSN program contact hours.

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