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 degree 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). Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate and graduate coursework. 
  3. Completion of a 3 credit undergraduate or graduate Statistics course with an earned grade of B or above.
  4. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Doctoral program. Recommendations will be accepted from direct supervisors/managers, faculty, nurse leaders and/or preceptors. Recommenders must be able to address the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate nursing program.  Recommendations will not be accepted from family or friends.
  5. Resume or CV with application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors, and awards.
  6. An essay/personal statement of a maximum of 1000 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 BSN-DNP (BSN-DNP-FNP or BSN-DNP-PMHNP) 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 (BSN-DNP-FNP or BSN-DNP-PMHNP), 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, and community service) that will contribute to your success in graduate school.
  • Identify 1-2 long-term goals and how seeking an advanced nursing degree will support these goals.
  • Describe an area of interest that could be a topic for your future DNP Project.

*An interview with faculty will be required.

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 (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  (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

  • BSN - DNP 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.

  • BSN - DNP 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.

* 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/Family Nurse Practitioner

Foundations Courses (12 credit hours)
NURS 701Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found3
NURS 702Advanced Nursing Research3
NURS 706Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ3
NURS 710Nurs Role & Ethics for Clin Do3
Practice Application Courses (21 credit hours)
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment3
NURS 640Clini Assessment & Management3
NURS 642Clinical Pharmacology3
NURS 671Intensive I0
NURS 672Intensive II0
NURS 705App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv3
NURS 718Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt3
Expert Knowledge Courses (29 credit hours)
NURS 641FNP I :Care of Adults (100 clinical hours)6
NURS 643FNP II: Care of Child/Adoles (100 clinical hours)6
NURS 645FNP III: Care of Women (100 clinical hours)6
NURS 647FNP IV:Care of Adult/Eld w/MCC (150 clinical hours)6
NURS 649FNP V: Capstone (200 clinical hours)5
Additional Research Course (2 credit hours)
NURS 708Translat Evid to Clinl Pract2
Specialty Content Courses (7 credit hours)
MBA 723Healthcare Finance/Economics3
NURS 725Adv Leader in Clin Practice (150 clinical hours)4
Capstone Project Courses (7 credit hours)
NURS 730Residency Practicum (150 clinical hours)3
NURS 731DNP Project (200 clinical hours)1-4
Total FNP Clinical Hours: 650
Total DNP Clinical Hours: 500
Total Hours78

BSN-DNP/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Foundations Courses (12 credit hours)
NURS 701Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found3
NURS 702Advanced Nursing Research3
NURS 706Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ3
NURS 710Nurs Role & Ethics for Clin Do3
Practice Application Courses (21 credit hours)
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment3
NURS 650Adv Princ of Psychopathology3
NURS 654Adv Psychopharmacology3
NURS 671Intensive I0
NURS 672Intensive II0
NURS 705App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv3
NURS 718Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt3
Expert Knowledge Courses (25 credit hours)
NURS 651Mental Hlth As & Int w/Ped Cli2
NURS 652Psych Assess & Interview Tech3
NURS 653Care of Psy Mtll Hlth Cl in Pr4
NURS 655Care of Pys Mtl Hlth Cli in Cr4
NURS 657Care of Client w/Sub Abuse Dis4
NURS 658Clin Mgmt of Psychiatric Clien2
NURS 659Prac in Pyschiatric MH Nurs3
NURS 660Therapeutic Interventions3
Additional Research Course (2 credit hours)
NURS 708Translat Evid to Clinl Pract2
Specialty Content Courses (7 credit hours)
MBA 723Healthcare Finance/Economics3
NURS 725Adv Leader in Clin Practice (150 clinical hours)4
Capstone Project Courses (7 credit hours)
NURS 730Residency Practicum (150 clinical hours)3
NURS 731DNP Project (200 clinical hours)1-4
Total PMHNP Clinical Hours: 600
Total DNP Clinical Hours: 500
Total Hours74