Chatham University

Nursing Practice (DNP) Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a clinical doctorate that prepares nurses to practice as clinical leaders in the health care delivery system. Graduates of the DNP program have a skill set and competencies to function in clinical leadership roles depending on student interest and career trajectory.

The DNP program at Chatham University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791.

Program Structure:
The DNP program is a low-residency, writing intensive, online program. Students can complete the 27 credit DNP program in 12 months of full time study, including 500 supervised clinical hours. Part-time study also is available. The program includes a mandatory on-campus residency and culminates in an evidence- based practice clinical immersion capstone experience. Clinical experiences are completed at approved clinical sites with the guidance of an approved preceptor. Cohorts are admitted each Fall and Spring.

Program Requirements

+ Degree Requirements

27 Credits

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
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
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
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
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.

6

+ Clinical Requirements

DNP students are required to complete 500 clinical hours during the program in NUR 702 (125 hours), NUR 704 (125 hours) and NUR 799 (250 hours). The DNP clinical is an advanced practice immersion experience that allows DNP students an opportunity that includes, but is not limited to: gaining and applying advanced skills in the clinical setting; linking policy making within clinical systems, or local, regional, or national organizations; translation of evidence-based research into practice through policy or practice innovation; and to serve as change agents in health care delivery settings. Clinical is defined by the Chatham University Nursing program faculty as those experiences that DNP students complete as they develop clinical expertise and transition to achieve the DNP student learning outcomes. A qualified preceptor and clinical site are identified and approved during the first semester of coursework. A signed clinical affiliation agreement must be in place prior to engaging in any clinical experiences. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with agency requirements specific to physical examinations, immunizations, CRP certification, drug screening, and criminal record background checks, and submit all associated documentation directly to the clinical agency.

+ Transfer Credits

Given the integrated nature of the courses, all 27 credits of the DNP program must be completed at Chatham University.

+ Protection of Human Subjects

To ensure for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects, all students enrolled in the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at Chatham are required to submit their proposed evidence-based practice change project plan to an Institutional Review Board (IRB), or faculty approval substitute, for review and decision prior to implementing any aspect of the project.

+ Deferral of Admission and Leave of Absence

The offer of admission is for a specific semester/cohort only. A nursing student who wishes to defer entrance who has submitted a non-refundable deposit for enrollment should contact the school to confirm the deferment. A student may defer entrance into the DNP program for up to the next program start date after the initial start date. A student may defer one time only. Due to the integrated nature of the DNP courses, a personal or financial leave of absence is not permitted. Students requiring a medical leave of absence must submit a written request and documentation from a physician to the program director for review and decision.

+ BSN to DNP Executive Track

BSN to DNP Executive Track

Typical Program Schedule

Students can enroll in a full-time or part-time track

Part-Time DNP Course Track
FALL START

1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester 4th Semester 5th Semester
FALL SPRING SUMMER FALL SPRING
NUR 700 NUR 704* NUR 706 NUR 703 NUR 799*
NUR 702* NUR 707   NUR 705  
      Residency  

Full Time DNP Course Track
FALL START

1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester
FALL SPRING SUMMER
NUR 700 NUR 704* NUR 705
NUR 702* NUR 706 NUR 799*
NUR 703 NUR 707  
  Residency  

Part Time DNP Course Track
SPRING START

1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester 4th Semester 5th Semester
SPRING SUMMER FALL SPRING SUMMER
NUR 700 NUR 704* NUR 706 NUR 703 NUR 799*
NUR 702* NUR 707   NUR 705  
      Residency  

Full Time DNP Course Track
SPRING START

1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester
SPRING SUMMER FALL
NUR 700 NUR 704* NUR 705
NUR 702* NUR 706 NUR 799*
NUR 703 NUR 707 Residency

* Indicates clinical course

Advising

Students will be assigned an advisor who will assist them in making sure they are taking the right courses and proceeding on schedule to complete their degree.

Additionally, students will have access to the Students Support Center - where they will find helpful information about student services through the Chatham College for Continuing and Professional Studies and other Chatham University resources and opportunities. This is where current students find timely reminders for University deadlines, resources for becoming an effective distance student, and updates about CCPS policy. Students also have the opportunity to post questions for the Success Center or fellow students to answer about programs, technology, or other available resources.

Transfer Credit Policy

Given the integrated nature of the courses, all 27 credits of the DNP program must be completed at Chatham University.