BSN-DNP Option

The BSN-DNP Option, which comprises six specialties (see below), can be completed in three years of full-time study. See individual full time plans by specialty below. See part-time plans of study (5 year) and also a modified 4-year plan of study for direct care providers. The Executive Leadership in Health Care option has unique full- and part-time plans with specialty information below. 

DNP nursing courses are offered in a hybrid immersion format and require attendance on the Lexington campus up to six days each semester (up to three days at start of term and up to 3 days at end of term).

Deadlines

The application system closes January 15th for Fall 2019 enrollment. Details can be found on the DNP Admissions page. 

Specialties


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners focus on assessment, diagnosis and management of acute health problems. Graduates are prepared to care for acutely and critically ill adults. As members of a multidisciplinary health care team, practitioners work in intensive care, progressive care, other hospital units, specialty clinics and specialty physicians’ offices. Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of this specialty will be  eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner exam with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

A pediatric nurse practitioner specializes in health care for infants, children and adolescents. They practice in a range of settings, including children’s hospitals, physicians’ offices, schools and other acute and primary health care settings. Applicants must select a primary care or acute care pediatric population focus.

Graduates of the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Graduates of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

 

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

Family nurse practitioners provide primary care to patients of all ages and will become experts at diagnosing and treating common health problems, promoting wellness and helping patients learn effective self-care. They work in a variety of settings, including clinics, physician offices, urgent care and community health settings. Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Board.

Graduates of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be  eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

 

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

These nurses become experts at caring for clients with mental health needs and psychiatric disorders, which include schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression, and substance abuse. They focus on the family across the lifespan, with skills encompassing the full spectrum of psychiatric care, from independent practice to consulting on psychiatric conditions in a variety of health care settings. Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

 

Executive Leadership in Health Care

The BSN-DNP Executive Leadership (EL) option is based on the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Executive Competencies, the AONE Population Health Competencies, the American Nursing Credentialing Center Nursing Executive Certification domains of practice, and the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. The EL program is practice based and prepares nursing leaders for multidimensional responsibilities in nursing practice and health care delivery. The curriculum emphasizes strategic leadership, organizational/systems practice, evidence-based management, financial, quality/safety, and information management expertise and strategies to make health care policy impacts. Graduates will identify actual and emerging problems and will design aggregate-level health interventions. They will work with diverse stakeholders for inter- or intra-organizational achievement of health care organizational and population health related goals. Students will take a series of leadership courses that will prepare them to be effective leaders in complex organizations and community/public health settings and to respond to the challenges of health care today. Download the sample full-time curriculum here (pdf) and the sample part-time curriculum here (pdf).

DNP nursing courses are Web-enhanced. Core courses require attendance to a one hour class meeting once per semester during the CON DNP intensive session, and leadership specialty courses  meet once or twice during the semester during the DNP intensive sessions.

Graduates of the Executive Leadership specialty may be eligible to sit for the Nurse Executive - Advanced certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice exam with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).  Eligibility for certification also requires meeting practice requirements for the respective agency.

Course descriptions are available in the University Registrar’s Bulletin.