DNP in Nursing - Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG/ACNP)

Admission

  1. An approved graduate-level statistics course taken within the last six years;
  2. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited school (NLN or CCNE);
  3. A GPA of 3.000 or higher in the following areas:
    1. Last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
    2. All undergraduate nursing courses
    3. Any graduate-level courses taken
    4. The following four science courses taken with an overall GPA of at least 3.000 and no grade that generates less than 2.000 credit points per credit hour in any one course: anatomy/physiology, microbiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology
  4. Two applications must be submitted: a Graduate School application and a School of Nursing application. Both applications must be submitted by May 1 (fall admission only);
  5. All students will request entrance to a specific specialization upon application. Please see choices below;
  6. Evidence of license as a registered nurse in Kansas;
  7. Coverage by professional liability insurance. CNS and NP students must have NP student coverage prior to enrollment in practicum coursework. Minimum coverage required: $1,000,000 single incident/$3,000,000 aggregate;
  8. Computer literacy is an expectation of the graduate nursing program. Skills should include: word processing, email, file attachments, and Internet searches. If courses require Blackboard, students are highly encouraged to complete the Blackboard orientation. Students may elect to take PC 105, or another basic computer skills course, to fulfill the computer literacy expectation; and
  9. Technical standards must be met.

Program Requirements

Core and Preparatory Courses
NURS 701Advanced Health Assessment2
NURS 702Advanced Health Assessment Laboratory1
NURS 703Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 715Advanced Nursing Practice Roles1
NURS 793Advanced Pathophysiology I4
HS 710Applied Clinical Pharmacology3
HS 711Pharmacological Management of Acute and Chronic Diseases3
NURS 801Health Care Systems: Policy and Politics3
NURS 806Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Outcomes of Care3
NURS 824Advanced Pathophysiology II2
NURS 826Evidence-Based Nursing Project I2
NURS 828Evidence-Based Nursing Project II2
NURS 901Organizational Systems and Leadership3
NURS 902Population and Social Determinants of Health3
Specialization Courses
NURS 728Advanced Practice Technology and Skills3
NURS 874Adult/Older Adult ACNP Practicum I4
NURS 840Pathophysiology and Management of Adult/Older Adult Acute Care Problems I3
NURS 842Transition to the ACNP Advanced Practice Role1
NURS 909Pathophysiology and Management of Adult/Older Adult Acute Care Problems II3
NURS 910Adult/Older Adult ACNP Practicum II4
NURS 911Transition to the ACNP Advanced Practice Role II1
NURS 912Management of Acute and Critical Problems of Adult/Older Adult Populations3
NURS 952Advanced Nursing Practice Preceptorship3
Select one Graduate Nursing Elective3
Capstone Courses
NURS 956Practice Management2
NURS 959Evidence-Based Nursing Project III3
NURS 960Residency6
Total Credit Hours74

Elective Courses

Elective coursework is available in many topic areas, including education, diabetes, human lactation, genetics, dermatology and low back pain.  Students should see their advisor for assistance with elective choices.

DNP Project

Students complete an evidence-based project that stems from a series of courses (Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Outcomes of Care; Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Project I & II).  Students work collaboratively with at least one graduate nursing faculty member who is chairperson of their committee and one other graduate faculty member to identify an evidence-based practice problem and plan the implementation to address the problem.  Successful defense of the evidence-based project proposal is the expected outcome within the Evidence-Based Project III course.  After successful completion and defense of the Evidence-Based Project III proposal, the candidate may enroll in residency hours.  The residency allows the student to complete/disseminate the results of the project and develop a portfolio documenting practice scholarship.  The residency hours may be taken in 2-, 4- or 6-hour increments and may be repeated until requirements are met.  The candidate completes an oral defense of the project at the end of the residency.