Chatham University

BSN to DNP (BSN-DNP) Curriculum

The BSN to DNP Integrated Degree Executive Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 56 credits.  The MSN component prepares the student for nursing leadership roles and the DNP component has the student develop, complete and evaluate an executive level project to demonstrate the knowledge and skills of the terminal nursing degree.  A total of 1000 practice experience hours will be completed.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements

53 credits

NUR501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

This course examines principles and processes of evidence based practice as a strategy to guide clinical decision making,initiate practice change and improve nursing practice, including translating, evaluating and disseminating the evidence. Course elements include gaining knowledge of research design, statistical concepts and search strategies.

3
NUR504 Introduction to Organizational Leadership in Nursing

Emphasizing leadership decision making, this course includes an overview of theories, research, and applications that focus on managing organizational behavior, quality improvement, and systems leadership across health care delivery systems. Students will learn how patient care systems are structured, processes developed, and outcomes affected by actions of leaders and employees.

3
NUR505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan

This course provides an exploration of key concepts in pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacotherapy across the lifespan for the masters prepared nurse. The role of gender, genetics, and cultural influences in the context of health assessment and promotion will also be analyzed.

3
NUR703 Ethics and Public Policy in Healthcare Delivery

This course focuses on ethical issues and public policy in healthcare. Students develp strategies to manage ethical dilemmas and analyze health policy to educate, advocate and provide leadership in shaping healthcare policy.

3
NUR706 Communication and Collaboration for Health Care Leadership

This course focuses on strategies to improve professional communication with peers, subordinates, and patients in the health care environment.

3
NUR707 Information Technology and Data-Driven Decision Making

This course provides students with an opportunity to examine the value of technology and information systems to support evidence-based practice, guidelines and policy across various health settings. Various methods for gathering, managing, and synthesizing data will be introduced in order to conduct analyses for quality improvement, financial and outcome evaluations.

3
NUR630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management

The Health Care Economics and Financial Management course focuses on examination and understanding of health care financing and reimbursement concepts preparing a world ready nurse leader to function in a variety of health care delivery settings. Content focuses on concepts of budget and leadership management, infuencing policy makers, and linking patient care outcomes to resource management.

3
NUR640 Leadership for Change

This course focuses on the needs of health care leaders to take health care delivery into the future through creative, innovative design initiatives focusing on a consumer driven health care delivery system. Content includes: variables impacting health care delivery systems, reimbursement and funding for design change, managing competition, and managing human and financial resources.

3
NUR650 Leadership and Health Care Operations

This course provides an overview of three distinct and necessary areas of leadership knowledge with an emphasis on managerial decision-making including legal aspects of health care, human resource management, and health policy. Students will work through specific scenarios in each of these areas to identify legal, ethical, and political issues.

3
NUR660 Health Care Leadership Practicum

The Leadership Seminar focuses on relevant and timely health care leadership issues confronting today's health care leaders. Topics will include how to become a better leader, getting support in a leadership role, mentoring others, being a role model, identifying resources for success in a leadership role.

3
NUR670 Healthcare Leadership Capstone

This capstone course focuses on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the healthcare environment. The student will facilitate the implementation of their capstone plan developed in the practicum course. The student will work in a collaborative relationship with their preceptor and other identified healthcare professionals who are directly or indirectly involved with the project.

3
NUR700 Structure & App of Contemporary Nursing Knowledge

This course introduces the advanced practice nurse to the world of contemporary nursing knowledge, as formalized in conceptual models of nursing and nursing theories applied to clinical practice. There is emphasis on the metaparadigm, philosophies, conceptual models, theories, and empirical indicators linking them to clinical practice.

3
NUR702 Developing Evidence-Based Practice

This course prepares students with skills and competencies needed to build and assimilate knowledge for establishing a scholarly trajectory at a high level of complexity. This clinical course consists of 125 clinical hours and is the foundation for the culminating Capstone project focusing on improving practice.

3
NUR704 Quality Improvement in Health Care

This course focuses on quality improvement initiatives, including the protection of human subjects. The emphasis is on skills and competencies needed to provide leadership in quality and systems change. This course includes 125 clinical hours and is the foundation for the culminating Capstone project focusing on improved practice and outcomes.

3
NUR705 Advancing Practice: Scholarship and Grant Writing

This course provides further investigation of evidence-based practice advancing nursing leadership and clinical outcomes. Students will develop skills for clinical scholarship including manuscript development and grant writing.

3
NUR799 Capstone Experience

This course provides an opportunity for the student to implement and evaluate a planned evidence-based practice change project. This project lays the groundwork for future scholarship. This course culminates in a tangible and deliverable academic product derived from the practice immersion experience. A total of 250 clinical hours are included in the course.

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BSN - DNP Executive Track Planner

BSN - DNP Executive Track - Full Time Schedule

Semester 1 - Fall - 9 credits
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core)
NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (core)
NUR 703 Ethics & Public Policy in Healthcare Delivery  
Semester 2 - Spring - 9 credits
NUR 504 Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership (core)
NUR 505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (core)
NUR 630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management (leadership)
Semester 3 - Summer - 10 credits
NUR 640 Leadership for Change (leadership)
NUR 660 Health Care Leadership Practicum - 4 credits 250 practice experience hours (leadership)
NUR 707 Information Technology and Data-Driven Decision-Making  
Semester 4 - Fall 2-10 credits *
NUR 650 Leadership and Health Care Operations (leadership)
NUR 670 Health Care Leadership Capstone - 4 credits 250 practice experience hours (leadership)
NUR 706 Communication and Collaboration for Healthcare Leadership  
Semester 5 - Spring 2-6 credits
NUR 700 Structure & Application of Contemporary Nursing Knowledge  
NUR 702 Developing Evidence-Based Practice - 125 practice experience hours  
Semester 6 - Summer 2-6 credits
NUR 704 Quality Improvement in Health Care - 125 practice experience hours  
NUR 705 Advancing Practice: Scholarship and Grantwriting  
Semester 7 - Fall 3-6 credits
NUR 799 Capstone Experience (6 credits) - 250 practice experience hours  

Total = 56 credit hours + 1000 practice experience hours

* MSN completed after Semester 4



BSN - DNP Executive Track - Part Time Schedule

Semester 1 - Fall 1 - 6 credits
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core)
NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (core)
Semester 2 - Spring 1 - 6 credits
NUR 504 Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership (core)
NUR 630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management (leadership)
Semester 3 - Summer 1 - 6 credits
NUR 640 Leadership for Change (leadership)
NUR 707 Information Technology and Data-Driven Decision-Making  
Semester 4 - Fall 2 - 6 credits
NUR 650 Leadership and Health Care Operations (leadership)
NUR 703 Ethics & Public Policy in Healthcare Delivery  
Semester 5 - Spring 2 - 7 credits
NUR 505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (core)
NUR 660 Health Care Leadership Practicum - 4 credits 250 practice experience hours (leadership)
Semester 6 - Summer 2 - 7 credits **
NUR 670 Health Care Leadership Capstone - 4 credits 250 practice experience hours (leadership)
NUR 706 Communication and Collaboration for Healthcare Leadership  
Semester 7 - Fall 3-6 credits
NUR 700 Structure & Application of Contemporary Nursing Knowledge  
NUR 702 Developing Evidence-Based Practice - 125 practice experience hours  
Semester 8 - Spring 3-6 credits
NUR 704 Quality Improvement in Health Care - 125 practice experience hours  
NUR 705 Advancing Practice: Scholarship and Grantwriting  
Semester 9 - Summer 3-6 credits
NUR 799 Capstone Experience (6 credits) - 250 practice experience hours  

Total = 56 credit hours + 1000 practice experience hours

** MSN completed after Semester 6