Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP)

Academic Guidelines

Admission Requirements

1.  A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). Two years of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.

2.  Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate and master’s degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent).

3.  Completion of an undergraduate or graduate Statistics course.

4.  Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Doctoral program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential.

5.  Resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, and research, honors and awards.

6.  An essay/personal statement of a maximum of 1,000 words that addresses the following (Please be thorough and concise with a minimum of two and a maximum of four, double-spaced pages 12 font essay).  Discuss your personal and professional reasons for seeking the Advance Practice Registered Nursing (APRN), Nurse Educator (NE), and/or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) role at this time and how furthering your education will influence your practice as a clinical leader. Please include the following:

  • Depending on the program to which you are applying (APRN, NE and/or DNP), explain your understanding of the role and why you are interested in this particular role.
  • Describe your personal strengths and experiences (leadership roles, nursing experience, community service) that will contribute to your success in graduate school.
  • Identify 1-2 long-term goals and how seeking an advance nursing degree will support these goals.

7.Confirmation of clinical hours completed in Master’s program.

* Based on submitted admission materials, the graduate admissions committee may require an interview.

Registration Procedures

New students are given instructions on how to register with their acceptance letter. Before or during the first half of the first semester, student are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor to map out a curriculum plan. For the remainder of the program students are responsible for registering for their own classes. The process is as follows:

  • Graduate students may register on-line via the Walsh University Cavalier Center (www.walsh.edu (http://www.walsh.edu.) To register on-line, the student must obtain an alternate PIN from their assigned academic advisor and resolve any holds that may prevent registration. 
  • Obtain a form from the website (www.walsh.edu (http://www.walsh.edu.) Click on “Academics “and scroll down to the “Office of the Registrar” link. Scroll down to the link “forms” and then on “Graduate Registration Form”. Download a copy and fax (330) 490-7372, mail or present the completed form to the Registrar’s Office (located in Farrell Hall).

Program Delivery

Post Masters DNP

The Post Masters DNP Program is offered using a distance learning methodology.*

BSN-DNP

The BSN-DNP Program is offered using a distance learning methodology* and depending on chosen track (Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) there are on campus requirements:

·Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is offered using a distance learning methodology* and requires students to be on campus for two intensives and other planned experiences.

·Family Nurse Practitioner:

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered using a distance learning methodology* and requires students to be on campus for two intensives.

·Nurse Educator:

The Nurse Educator program is offered using a distance learning methodology*.

·Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner:

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is offered using a distance learning methodology* and requires students to be on campus for two intensives and other planned experiences.

* Online refers to the definition from the Higher Learning Commission: Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the DNP program, the student is assigned to a graduate faculty member who will work with the student to develop a curriculum plan. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors prior to registration each semester to confirm their program plan. Upon development of the DNP Proposal, students are then assigned to an advisor who will work with them throughout the program on the DNP Project.

DNP Project

All Walsh Byers School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students must complete a DNP Project. The project is a faculty-guided scholarly experience that provides evidence of critical thinking ability to apply research principles through problem identification, proposal development, implementation, and evaluation of a problem significant to nursing practice.

The DNP project gives the student an opportunity to integrate newly learned skills into practice while demonstrating excellence in nursing scholarship and competencies reflected in the DNP Essentials (https://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/Publications/DNPEssentials.pdf).  Integration of these competencies and skills results in improved outcomes through quality improvement processes, organizational and systems leadership, and translation of evidence into practice. 

BSN-DNP/Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Foundations Courses (12 credit hours)12
Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found
Advanced Nursing Research
Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ
Nurs Ldrsp Role&Eth Compl Sys
Practice Application Courses (18 credit hours)18
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Pharmacology
Adv Health Assessment
AGACNP Clin Assess & Mgmt
Intensive I
Intensive II
App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv
Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt
Expert Knowledge Courses (20 credit hours)20
AGACNP Clinical Pharmacology
Adult Gero Acute Care I
Adult Gero Acute Care II
Adult Gero Acute Care III
AGAC Capstone
Additional Research Course (2 credit hours)2
Translat Evid to Clinl Pract
Specialty Content Courses (7 credit hours)7
Healthcare Finance/Economics
Adv Leader in Clin Practice (150 clinical hours)
Capstone Project Courses (7 credit hours)7
Residency Practicum (150 clinical hours)
NURS 731DNP Project (200 clinical hours)1-4
Total AGAC Clinical Hours: 650
Total DNP Clinical Hours: 500
Total Hours67-70

BSN-DNP/Family Nurse Practitioner

Foundations Courses (12 credit hours)12
Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found
Advanced Nursing Research
Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ
Nurs Ldrsp Role&Eth Compl Sys
Practice Application Courses (21 credit hours)21
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Pharmacology
Adv Health Assessment
Clini Assessment & Management
Clinical Pharmacology
Intensive I
Intensive II
App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv
Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt
Expert Knowledge Courses (20 credit hours)20
FNP I :Care of Adults (100 clinical hours)
FNP II: Care of Child/Adoles (100 clinical hours)
FNP III: Care of Women (100 clinical hours)
FNP IV:Care of Adult/Eld w/MCC (150 clinical hours)
FNP V: Capstone (200 clinical hours)
Additional Research Course (2 credit hours)2
Translat Evid to Clinl Pract
Specialty Content Courses (7 credit hours)7
Healthcare Finance/Economics
Adv Leader in Clin Practice (150 clinical hours)
Capstone Project Courses (7 credit hours)7
Residency Practicum (150 clinical hours)
DNP Project (200 clinical hours)
Total FNP Clinical Hours: 650
Total DNP Clinical Hours: 500
Total Hours69

BSN-DNP/Nurse Educator

Foundations Courses (12 credit hours)12
Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found
Advanced Nursing Research
Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ
Nurs Ldrsp Role&Eth Compl Sys
Practice Application Courses (19 credit hours)19
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Pharmacology
Adv Health Assessment
Sem & Prac in Adv Specialty (150 clinical hours)
App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv
Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt
Expert Knowledge Courses (11 credit hours)11
Assess,Meas&Eval in Nurs Educ
Curr Design in Nurs Education
Teach Strateg in Nursing Educ
Practicum in Nurs Education (200 Clinical hours)
Additional Research Course (2 credit hours)2
Translat Evid to Clinl Pract
Specialty Content Courses (10 credit hours)10
Healthcare Finance/Economics
Adv Leader in Clin Practice (150 clinical hours)
Clinical in Advanced Specialty (150 clinical hours)
Capstone Project Courses (7 credit hours)7
Residency Practicum (150 clinical hours)
DNP Project (200 clinical hours)
Total NE Clinical Hours: 350
Total DNP Clinical Hours: 650
Total Hours61

BSN-DNP/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Foundations Courses (12 credit hours)12
Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found
Advanced Nursing Research
Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ
Nurs Ldrsp Role&Eth Compl Sys
Practice Application Courses (21 credit hours)21
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Pharmacology
Adv Health Assessment
Adv Princ of Psychopathology
Adv Psychopharmacology
Intensive I
Intensive II
App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv
Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt
Expert Knowledge Courses (26 credit hours)26
Mental Hlth Assess & Int w/Ped
Psych Assess & Interview Tech
Care of Psy Mtll Hlth Primary
Care of Pys Mtl Hlth in Crisis
Brief Theraputic Interventions
Care of Client w/Sub Abuse Dis
Clin Mgmt of Psychiatric Clien
Prac in Pysch Mental Hlth Nurs
Group Therapeutic Intervention
Additional Research Course (2 credit hours)2
Translat Evid to Clinl Pract
Specialty Content Courses (7 credit hours)7
Healthcare Finance/Economics
Adv Leader in Clin Practice (150 clinical hours)
Capstone Project Courses (7 credit hours)7
Residency Practicum (150 clinical hours)
DNP Project (200 clinical hours)
Total PMHNP Clinical Hours: 600
Total DNP Clinical Hours: 500
Total Hours75