Course Descriptions and Program Calendar
Each course will consist of two to three face-to-face evening meetings each 16 week semester. Classes will meet weekday evenings (between 5:45 pm - 9:15 pm) at the Deming Way Campus. All other work in the course will be completed online through Blackboard modules consisting of discussions, readings, videos, and other activities. New students may begin the program in either the fall, spring or summer semesters. The course sequence depends on which semester you begin the program. All courses are 3 credits each with the exception of NRS 801 A, B, and C which are 1 credit each. The degree can be completed between 2-3 years while taking 1-2 courses per semester (including summers). View Course Sequence Options.
NRS 800 Applied Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice A variety of research methodologies are presented in conjunction with qualitative and advanced quantitative data analysis, statistical interpretation, and evaluation. Course work prepares students for their capstone project. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.
NRS 801A, B, C Capstone Writing 1, 2, 3 This course aims to further cultivate DNP candidates’ skillset in critiquing scholarly writing, conducting a comprehensive literature review, analyzing and synthesizing research, and producing scholarly writing themselves. Intertwined with DNP candidates’ first year of courses, this three course sequence is specifically designed to assist each candidate in the production of their Leadership Capstone Project (LCP). At the conclusion of the course sequence, the DNP candidate will begin their first Leadership Capstone Course with their Capstone topic, outline for their project, and a “working” draft of their first three chapters. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.
NRS 805 Healthcare Finance and Regulatory Environments Study of the financing, accounting, and management of the U.S. health care system. Regulations and reimbursements, accounting principles, analysis of financial statements, cost analysis, pricing, staffing, and budgeting are examined. Forecasting, depreciation, inventory management, ratio, and investment analysis applied in project work. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.
NRS 810 Population Health and Health Policy Population health is explored through epidemiologic research to critically examine the determinants of health, health promotion, and risk reduction strategies. Bio-statistical approaches are used to analyze population data. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.
NRS 820 Health Care Service and Clinical Quality Human resource management in healthcare, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and principles of risk management; ethics, patient safety, claims management, and proactive loss control are examined. Strategies for interprofessional team effectiveness in quality processes, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction are evaluated; benchmarking metrics are outlined. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.
NRS 830 Health Systems Informatics Examining the optimization of information management and communication to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals. Frameworks include regulatory, legislative, workflow, electronic health record, billing, and telehealth. Application in professional development, translational research, and bioinformatics (genomics) are explored. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.
NRS 835 Leadership Residency 1 This is the first of two semesters of clinical practica in combination with seminar discussion designed to provide advanced leadership skills focusing on indirect care. Students will work with course professors to identify preceptors to design their residency experience. Developing expertise in collaboration within interprofessional teams will be a foundation in addressing individual, group, community, or population needs in the context of a systems network in a U.S. healthcare organization. Prerequisite: Completion of NRS 800, 805, 810, 820, and 830.
NRS 840 Leadership Residency 2 This is the second of two advanced practice seminars and practica. Executive leadership and management experiences in upper level management to achieve preparation to lead, manage, and influence healthcare for positive outcomes (CGEAN). Prerequisite: NRS 835.
NRS 845 Leadership Capstone 1 The capstone project is designed to equip advance practice nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance the application of translational research in a clinical practice setting. In Capstone I students complete the theoretical work necessary to design a clinical research project and write the first 3 sections of their project. Prerequisite: NRS 801A, B, C, and NRS 835.
NRS 850 Leadership Capstone 2 The capstone project is designed to equip advance practice nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance the application of translational research in a clinical practice setting. In Capstone II students complete the data collection necessary to analyze a clinical research project and write the remaining sections of their project. Prerequisite: NRS 845.
NRS 855 Leadership Capstone 3 (if needed) Capstone 3 is available if student projects require an additional semester to complete.
NRS 860 Leadership Residency 3 (if needed) Residency 3 is available for students who still need to meet the required total of 1000 residency hours.