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Nursing Practice, DNP

Program Description

The  Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduate will possess advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles in nursing. The curriculum focuses on integrating nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of evidence-based nursing practice. The program is comprehensive and time-efficient, and fosters motivated, self-directed learners who are able to utilize the highest levels of education to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. The DNP program equips students with mastery in the areas of leadership, evidence-based practice, policy, scholarship, and interprofessional collaboration.

This  program  aims  to  fulfill  the recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)  guidelines  as prescribed  in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (October, 2006) and The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations (August, 2015).

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-877-6791.


The Keiser University Doctor of Nursing Practice program proposes to develop nursing leaders who strive to  advance  the  profession of nursing by enhancing, alleviating, and ameliorating health and health care delivery services. This is accomplished by developing the student’s competencies and skills necessary to effectively lead health care in the 21st century.

Program Overview

Keiser University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will equip experienced nursing professionals with the skills to dynamically improve the health of the patients, communities, and populations they serve. DNP students will also take specialized electives in one of three areas: education, clinical practice, or administration. The program is comprehensive and time-efficient, and is targeted toward motivated, self-directed learners who are able to utilize advanced nursing education to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.

Program Purpose

Graduates of Keiser University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be prepared for the highest level of nursing practice, utilizing an evidence based approach to critically evaluate, design, and implement health care services and educational programs for individuals, populations, and health care systems. They will be leaders of interdisciplinary collaboration that facilitates and improves health outcomes, and will perform scholarship that informs clinical practice and leads to system and organizational change that improves health care delivery and health outcomes.

For additional information on our Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, please contact Keiser University or Dr. Gina Drake, Chair of the DNP Program at [email protected]

Program Objectives

Keiser  University’s  Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduates will be prepared to utilize evidence-based theories and concepts to evaluate health care delivery systems and practices; At the conclusion of  the program, DNP graduates will be able to:

  • Incorporate theory and knowledge from nursing science with the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice;
  • Integrate information technology and an evidence based approach in clinical scholarship to critically evaluate, design, and implement health care services and educational programs for individuals, populations and systems;
  • Develop standards of nursing practice to deliver culturally competent, high quality health services to individuals, populations and systems;
  • Enact leadership, critical thinking and effective communications skills to design, evaluate, and improve the implementation of quality nursing services and educational programs;
  • Analyze the epidemiological, financial, sociopolitical and organizational forces in the health care environment at the systems level, within ethical, legal and humanistic frameworks;
  • Lead interdisciplinary collaboration to facilitate and improve desired health outcomes for individuals, populations and systems; and

Create scholarly written communication that informs clinical practice and that leads to systems and organizational change that will improve health care delivery and health outcomes.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Nursing degree, students must earn 36 graduate semester credit hours including Core courses (21 credits), DNP Project courses (4 credits, 60 clinical hours), Practice Immersion courses (8 credit hours, 480 clinical hours), and one elective course (3 credit hours). Courses in the DNP program are eight weeks in length and scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. The DNP Practice Immersion require on-site hours at instructor-approved practice sites.

Transfer of graduate credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Thirty credit hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

Graduate Division Courses

DNP Core Courses (21.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Doctor of Nursing Practice & DNP Project 3.0 credit hours
Advocacy, Leadership, & Ethics in Advanced Practice 3.0 credit hours
Scientific Underpinnings of Evidence-based Practice 3.0 credit hours
Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Health Care 3.0 credit hours
Organizational Management, Quality, & Safety 3.0 credit hours
Information Management in Evidence-based Practice 3.0 credit hours
Economics & Business Planning for Advanced Practice 3.0 credit hours
DNP Project Courses (4.0 credit hours, 60.0 clinical hours)
DNP Project I: Topic & Literature Review 1.0 credit hours
DNP Project II: Methodology & IRB Submission 1.0 credit hours
DNP Project III: Implementation (60.0 clinical hours) 1.0 credit hours
DNP Project IV: Evaluation of Outcomes & Dissemination 1.0 credit hours
Practice Immersion Courses (8.0 credit hours, 480.0 clinical hours)
DNP Clinical Practice I (120.0 clinical hours) 2.0 credit hours
DNP Clinical Practice II (120.0 clinical hours) 2.0 credit hours
DNP Clinical Practice III (120.0 clinical hours) 2.0 credit hours
DNP Clinical Practice IV (120.0 clinical hours) 2.0 credit hours
Elective Courses (Choice of one 3.0 credit hours course)
Adult Teaching and Learning 3.0 credit hours
Acute and Emergent Health Problems 3.0 credit hours
Health Care Administration 3.0 credit hours

Residency Requirement

Beginning January 2019, students enrolling in the DNP program will be required to attend one 4-day doctoral residency at the Flagship campus. This is an excellent opportunity for DNP students to meet with their faculty and attend educational sessions that will help them with completing their DNP project. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with other students enrolled in doctoral programs at Keiser University.

  • DOPR Doctoral Residency One

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