Nursing  
Curriculum

The best education includes in-person interaction between professors and students, and among students with each other. However, online courses promote educational access and build technology skills. The ideal program prepares students to use both methods.

The BSN-to-DNP program combines educational delivery methods, allowing students to keep their full time jobs and live in their own communities.

  • 5000-6000 level courses are taught face-to-face on campus on one day per week.
  • The 7000-9000 level courses are hybrid.
  • Students taking 7000-9000 level courses come to campus for a three-day intensive every fall, spring, and summer during which all courses for that semester meet. The remainder of each course is completed online.

Persons who cannot meet this requirement need not apply.

TYPICAL COMPLETION PLAN

Students may take two to four courses each semester. Courses will be scheduled as followed (subject to change):

Typical Completion Program, Two Courses Per Semester

YEAR 1

Fall
    NURS 5003 Communication in Health Professions
    NURS 5103 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice

Spring
    NURS 6323 Advanced Nursing Research
    NURS 7212 Transcultural Health Care

Summer
    NURS 5123 Nursing Informatics
    NURS 7113 Advanced Health Care Policy

YEAR 2

Fall
    NURS 6203 Advanced Pathophysiology
    NURS 6213 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

Spring
    NURS 6215 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
    NURS 6201 Advanced Topics in Advanced Practice*

Summer
    NURS 7231 Grant Writing*
    NURS 7103 Philosophy of Science 

YEAR 3

Fall
    NURS 6243 Health Promotion and Primary Care of Women and Children
    NURS 6244 Women’s & Children’s Primary Care

Spring
    NURS 6223 Health Promotion & Primary Care of Adults
    NURS 6233 Adult Primary Care

Summer
    NURS 7123 Advanced Theory Development
    NURS 8413 Population Health

YEAR 4

Fall
    NURS 6253 Geriatric Primary Care
    NURS 7253 Translational Research & Evidence-Based Practice

Spring
    NURS 6254 Primary Care in Advanced Practice Settings
    NURS 8423 Clinical Practice Management and Information Systems

Summer
    NURS 9103 DNP Capstone Project

*Students may choose either NURS 6201 or NURS 7231.

Typical Completion Program, Three Courses Per Semester

YEAR 1

Fall
    NURS 6203 Advanced Pathophysiology
    NURS 6213 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
    NURS 5003 Communication in Health Professions 

Spring
    NURS 5103 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
    NURS 6215 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
    NURS 7212 Transcultural Health Care

Summer
    NURS 5123 Nursing Informatics
    NURS 7113 Advanced Health Care Policy
    NURS 6201 Advanced Topics in Advanced Practice* 

YEAR 2

Fall
    NURS 6243 Health Promotion and Primary Care of Women and Children
    NURS 6244 Women’s & Children’s Primary Care
    NURS 7103 Philosophy of Science 

Spring
    NURS 6223 Health Promotion & Primary Care of Adults
    NURS 6233 Adult Primary Care
    NURS 6323 Advanced Nursing Research

Summer
    NURS 7231 Grant Writing*
    NURS 8413 Population Health

YEAR 3

Fall
    NURS 6253 Geriatric Primary Care
    NURS 7123 Advanced Theory Development
    NURS 7253 Translational Research & Evidence-Based Practice 

Spring
    NURS 6254 Primary Care in Advanced Practice Settings 
    NURS 8423 Clinical Practice Management and Information Systems
    NURS 9103 DNP Capstone Project

Summer
    NURS 9103 DNP Capstone Project, if needed (enroll in 1 hour)

*Students may choose either NURS 6201 or NURS 7231.