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DNP Completion Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice completion tracks are for advanced practice nurses who already hold master's degrees in nursing and national certification in advanced practice or a specific area of administration. Program tracks range from 30-32 credit hours, post-master's, and include practicum hours centering on adding depth to the nurse's area of practice. The DNP empowers the advanced practice nurse to lead innovative application of evidence into practice to address systems-level issues, improve health outcomes, and/or strengthen healthcare systems.

Three tracks are available: Clinical Focus, Executive Leadership Focus, and Community Based Public Health.

DNP Completion: Clinical Focus

This Doctor of Nursing Practice completion clinical track is for advanced practice nurses who already hold master’s degrees in nursing and national certification as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or clinical nurse specialists. The focus of this track is to enhance the advanced practice nurse's ability to translate evidence-based knowledge to clinical practice.

Clinical Track Curriculum

Required courses

  • Philosophy and Theory for Advanced Practice
  • Advanced Health Care Policy & Ethics
  • Transcultural and Global Health Care
  • Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Population Health
  • Clinical Practice Management and Information Systems or Advanced Resource Management in Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Health Information Management or Applied Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum I
  • DNP Project I
  • DNP Project II

DNP Completion: Executive Leadership Focus

The Executive Leadership Focus admits nurses who hold certification in Nursing Administration. These nurses will typically hold clinical leadership positions in tertiary care centers, but this program may also be appropriate for nurse entrepreneurs. Students can choose between Organizational Leadership and Educational Leadership.

Executive Leadership Track Curriculum

Core Courses

  • Philosophy and Theory for Advanced Practice
  • Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum I
  • Advanced Resource Management in Complex Systems
  • DNP Project I
  • DNP Project II

Organizational Leadership Courses

  • Advanced Health Care Policy
  • Population Health
  • Organizational and Leadership Theory
  • Health Care Information Management

Educational Leadership Courses

  • Higher Education Issues and Trends
  • Policy, Organizations and Leadership Theory
  • Nursing Education Administration
  • Evaluation of Education Effectiveness

DNP Completion: Community Based Public Health

The Community Based Public Health focus will further prepare nurses to evaluate and interpret epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, and environmental information necessary to improve the health of both individuals and communities.

Community Based Public Health Curriculum

  • Philosophy and Theory for Advanced Practice
  • Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Community Dimensions and Systems Development
  • Advanced Resource Management in Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Advanced Health Care Policy & Ethics
  • Transcultural and Global Health Care
  • Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Population Health
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum I
  • DNP Project I
  • DNP Project II

Program Learning Outcomes & Program Outcome Data

The DNP graduate of the Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse able to:

  1. Create and sustain environments exemplifying professional, ethical, and legal nursing practice.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive education, advanced clinical practice, administration, and/or research programs based upon advanced theoretical knowledge, national practice standards, and/or clinical practice guidelines that promote health, enrich the environment, and advance the nursing profession.
  3. Examine, implement, and evaluate nursing research and clinical practice guidelines to establish evidence-based advanced clinical practices using critical thinking frameworks for problem solving and making effective advanced clinical, educational, administrative, and/or evidence-based clinical practice policies and procedures.
  4. Integrate the scholarship of nursing through the promotion of physical, mental, social, and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.

Click here to view the DNP-C track outcome data.

Contact us:

For more information about the DNP Completion program, please contact Stacey Warden, Graduate Programs Specialist sjwarden@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-5960 for more information.