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Priority application deadline:
May 23, 2014
Final application deadline:
July 22, 2014
September 2, 2014
Due to the competitiveness of applicants and limited seats avaiable, Admissions may process applications after the final application deadline. Contact the Admissions Office to inquire.
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at RMUoHP is designed to prepare advanced practice leaders to affect change through system redesign and evidence-based decision making in a variety of clinical settings. Through coursework, directed independent study, and capstone project implementation, the DNP graduate is well prepared to influence health and social policy for diverse populations in a variety of settings. The program outcomes develop master healthcare professionals and leaders with advanced, evidence-based skills who critically review the literature, transform system processes at the point of care, participate in research, and advance knowledge through publications and presentations. A higher level of clinical skill and knowledge provided by the degree can advance clinical nursing practice and help keep pace with demands for clinical leaders and advanced practice educators.
The graduate will be a sophisticated consumer of research, as well as a socially responsible, competent, and innovative clinical leader who analyzes and works within the financial, political, clinical, and social factors that influence care models and population-based delivery systems. The core courses offer expanded study in the areas of leadership and management in advanced practice, evidence-based practice, system change, leadership in establishing clinical excellence, information technology, ethics and social responsibility, expertise to inform health policy, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The DNP program with its limited-residency model will provide the flexibility for the advanced practice leader to maintain employment while obtaining a doctoral degree in a total of 45 credit hours. During the first 12 months, students will complete three semesters, each typically consisting of three modules of coursework. Modules 1 and 3 may include readings and assignments, as well as WebStudy participation (i.e., threaded discussions or chats). Module 2 in each web-enhanced course requires attendance on campus for lecture, demonstration, etc. As part of Module 3 in Semesters 1 and 2, students will complete a directed independent study residency (one per semester) from the student’s location. (For all other courses, students complete coursework throughout the entire semester.) A capstone project is required with a focus on applying best current evidence to transform systems. The program, including didactic coursework and a system change capstone project, will require approximately two years to complete.
The DNP Program is committed to the development of the nursing professional who can:
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accepted the application for the initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE; it is not a status of accreditation.