ABOUT THE DNP What does this degree qualify me to do?
The DNP is a practice-focused degree designed for nurses seeking to advance their careers in a clinical setting. Courses are designed to broaden students’ knowledge of the industry, prepare them for changing business practices in healthcare, and advance nursing knowledge.
What is the difference between a BS-DNP and MS-DNP?
Students with a BSN complete the Graduate Nursing Core and DNP Core, along with credits in one of these concentrations:
• Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
• Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The MS-DNP student completed a master’s degree in a nursing concentration and completes the DNP Core.
An on-site residency is required for nurse practitioner students only, who are enrolled in NSG500, Advanced Health Assessment, in order to demonstrate advanced physical assessment skills. In addition, nurse practitioner students in the following clinical courses may be required to complete an on-site residency based upon the location of the clinical practice site. During residency, direct supervision and evaluation of the student will be completed by nurse practitioner clinical faculty at their designated clinical practice sites. Each course syllabus dictates the terms of the specific course residency.
NSG 506 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I
NSG 515 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical II
NSG 535 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing I
NSG 536 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing II
How do distance education courses work?
Each academic unit will typically run for a 12- week period. Students will attend classes via a password-protected online learning management system. An asynchronous format is utilized in most courses, but BS-DNP students may be required to participate in some synchronized sessions. Asynchronous means that students can access courses whatever time of day they wish. Students are expected to participate in online discussions and complete coursework by assigned deadlines. Some courses in the BS-DNP program will require proctored exams.
ABOUT COURSE WORK
How long does it take to complete the degree?
The length of time to complete the degree will depend on the education level of the student upon entering the program. The total time taken to complete the proposed doctoral degree may not exceed 6 years for MS-DNP students and 8 years for BS-DNP students.
Can I complete this degree while working full-time?
The online format of the DNP program is designed to accommodate nurses who work full-time. Students can expect to complete a minimum of 9 hours/week/3credit course to meet course requirements. An asynchronous format is utilized in most courses, but BS-DNP students may be required to participate in some synchronized sessions. At the time of admission, faculty advisors discuss program requirements with students to determine course loads that accommodate work schedules and do not jeopardize quality of the academic experience.
How will preceptors be selected for the nurse practitioner concentrations?
The student is responsible for arranging all clinical experiences. A preceptor from a practice setting that promotes attainment of course objectives and professional goals should be identified by the student. The preceptor must have a graduate degree in an appropriate healthcare discipline. Approval of clinical preceptors is granted by graduate nursing nurse practitioner faculty, after completion of a comprehensive vetting process.
Transfer credits must match existing credits contained in the scope of the doctoral program at Wilkes. Course descriptions will be reviewed to determine compatibility with existing Wilkes courses. Students may be required to submit course syllabi in cases in which the course descriptions are inconclusive. The Director of the Graduate Nursing Program makes the final determination regarding transfer credits. What is the Scholarly Project?
Students in the graduate program are required to complete a Scholarly Project that demonstrates mastery of theoretical content through analysis and synthesis. Students are expected to begin working on the Scholarly Project upon admission to the program. DNP Scholarly Project oversight is provided by a Scholarly Chairperson of the graduate faculty. Students will choose a mentor from their professional community for project guidance who is, preferably, doctoral prepared or an expert on their scholarly project topic.Two other committee members are chosen by the student to serve as readers and can include graduate faculty members or community members serving as scholarly mentors.
Student seeking a BS -DNP will take a stop out and receive a master’s degree allowing them to sit for the appropriate national certification examination and begin clinical practice. Students will then resume enrollment into the DNP curriculum. This allows students to gain clinical expertise in a nursing practice role, while simultaneously completing requirements for DNP courses, including the Scholarly Project in NSG 608.