MS/MSN to DNP, Advanced Practice Nurses

The DNP Nurse Practitioner track prepares certified nurse practitioners to function at the highest level of practice in the health care environment.  The College of Nursing program with strong scientific basis for nursing practice and healthcare organization.  Emphasis is on leadership development, practice management, healthcare informatics, policy, evidence based practice, communication, ethics and advocacy.

The Capstone Project is an integral part of the total program of study as well as the culminating activity. The project represents an original application of knowledge in the area of student specialization. The target benefits of the intervention or innovation designed by the student will focus more on institutions, patient populations or communities.

Admission Requirements

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Master's degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 3 Recommendation Letters
  • 2-3 page paper describing a clinical area of interest for DNP Project
  • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Interview

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of nine (9) graduate level credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Ashland University should be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated by the DNP program director for acceptability as transfer credit.

Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of B (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher has been received. Courses taken over 5 years prior to admission may not be accepted.

The student is responsible for initiating the request for transfer credit. For each course for which the student requests transfer credit, the student must:

  • Complete a Request for transfer credit form as part of the DNP Admissions application identifying the institution attended, course title, semester and year completed, and the number of credits for which transfer is requested. 
  • Attach a copy of the transcript, which includes the grade received for the requested transfer credits, and a detailed course description/outline.
  • Submit these materials to the office of Graduate Admissions with the application. The request will be forwarded to the DNP Program Director.
  • Approval/disapproval of accepted transfer credits will be included in the admission letter to the applicant.
  • Approved transfer credits will be forwarded to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs for inclusion in the student file and processing with the Office of Records and Registration.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate program, the student will be able to:

  1. Implement nursing practice, including innovative approaches, based on scientific knowledge.
  2. Evaluate health care policy and systems.
  3. Plan for patient and family needs, anticipating their changing requirements, and ensuring patient comfort and safety in planning care.
  4. Engage in interprofessional collaboration to meet the health needs of client systems in varied health care delivery systems.
  5. Enhance the culture of safety in health systems through the application of information technologies.
  6. Generate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes.
  7. Demonstrate professional values and ethical behavior in the advanced practice nursing role.
  8. Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice.
  9. Design culturally competent health services for vulnerable populations

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