MSN-to-DNP Degree Requirements

The MSN-to-DNP program may be completed by finishing one of the following tracks:

  • 1 Year
  • 1 Year Plus
  • 2 Year (Fall Entry)
  • 2 Year (Spring Entry)

The MSN-to-DNP program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study for the specific track under which they were admitted and as listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

To receive the MSN-to-DNP, students must:

  1. Complete all coursework as required with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Complete all required clinical hours
  3. Successfully complete the DNP scholarly project
  4. Successfully pass a comprehensive examination, which is an integrative experience to demonstrate students’ mastery of the outcome objectives of the program

MSN-to-DNP Plan of Study (listed by track)

The MSN-to-DNP program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study below and in the Student Handbook for the specific track under which they were admitted.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

1 Year Plan of Study

Spring IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research I: Evaluating the Evidence for Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Research II: Biostatistical Applications for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4-12 1 3-11 168-608
 Total for Semester16-24133-11168-608
Summer I
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester1174224
Fall I
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester1293168
 Total Program39-472910-18560-1000

1 Year Plus Plan of Study

Fall IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
 Total for Semester65156
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research I: Evaluating the Evidence for Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Research II: Biostatistical Applications for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4-12 1 3-11 168-608
 Total for Semester16-24133-11168-608
Summer I
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester1174224
Fall II
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester642112
 Total Program39-472910-18560-1000

2 Year (Fall Entry) Plan of Study

Fall IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 664 Research II: Biostatistical Applications for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
 Total for Semester65156
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research I: Evaluating the Evidence for Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester99
Summer I
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Fall II
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring II
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4-12 1 3-11 168-608
 Total for Semester7-1525-13280-720
Summer II
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester514224
 Total Program39-472910-18560-1000

2 Year (Spring Entry) Plan of Study

Spring IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research I: Evaluating the Evidence for Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Summer I
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester532112
Fall I
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring II
NUR 664 Research II: Biostatistical Applications for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4-12 1 3-11 168-608
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester10-1873-11168-608
Summer II
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester642112
Fall II
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester633168
 Total Program39-472910-18560-1000