Wilkes University

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The fully online doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) teaches advanced-practice nurses the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in leadership or management roles.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program is designed in concert with the mission of the University and the Passan School of Nursing.

The goal of the doctoral program is to produce knowledgeable, competent, and clinically proficient  nurses who can advance clinical practice with the skills and dispositions needed to serve in leadership capacities in their respective fields.

The primary elements of the program are applied research and clinical practice. These two elements are embedded in courses throughout the program with opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and skills to problems and practice in the students' respective fields.

Online Format:

Wilkes University's fully online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused program grounded in applied research and clinical practice. The 30-credit DNP curriculum focuses on the latest scientific knowledge, information technology advances, and evolving public health policy. Our DNP program is designed to produce clinical leaders who can translate evidence-based research directly into practice. All Wilkes online DNP students also complete a mentored capstone Scholarly Project in a clinical setting.

Admission Requirements Include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), nurse executive, nursing informatics, clinical nurse leader, or health policy concentrations only
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from master's-degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.
  • RN license; and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application and CV
  • Proof of completion of supervised clinical practice hours during master's or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the nursing program where the clinical hours were completed. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification.(Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)
  • Two recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to the candidate's potential for advanced practice studies and leadership
  • Official transcripts from master's degree and post-graduate certificate granting institutions
  • Evidence of completion for advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology by APRN students (Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwives) who do not hold current national certification
Course of Study

Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses (30 credits)

  • NSG 600 (3) Nursing Informatics
  • NSG 601 (3) Biostatistics
  • NSG 602 (3) Ethical Principles for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NSG 603 (3) Application of Nursing Research
  • NSG 604 (3) Epidemiology and Environmental Health
  • NSG 605 (3) Collaboration in Health Care Delivery
  • NSG 606 (3) Diversity and Social Issues
  • NSG 607 (3) Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NSG 609 (2) DNP Program Practicum I (elective)**
  • NSG 610 (2) DNP Program Practicum II (elective)**
  • NSG 608a and NSG 608b (6) Scholarly Project* 

* DNP students are required to complete a Scholarly Project that demonstrates mastery of program content through the completion of a clinical pilot study. The Scholarly Project is 6 credits and is completed over the last 32 weeks of the program. Each Scholarly Project is unique and directed at making a practice or policy change. To qualify, a Scholarly Project must: 1. Be clinically focused; 2. Have NO control group; and 3. Use outcome data to support a practice or policy change. Scholarly Projects are overseen by a Scholarly Project Chairperson at the Passan School of Nursing plus an onsite clinical mentor of the student's choosing. The Chairperson will validate that the student has completed the required clinical hours for the project. The final project is presented to the Scholarly Project Committee via webcam or onsite at the university.

**NSG 609/NSG 610 must be taken prior to enrolling in NSG 608a. They may each be taken concurrently with any course after the completion of NSG 603 (prerequisites are NSG 600, 601, 602 and 603). Elective practicum courses are available for students entering the MS-DNP program to provide additional time to complete the required clinical project hours for the DNP degree.

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