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The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will soon be the required degree for clinically practicing APRNs, CNMs, and nursing leaders in health care organizations. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has mandated that the current level of preparation necessary for advanced nursing practice be moved from the master’s degree to the doctorate level by the year 2015.The Institute of Medicine’s 2002 report on Health Professions Education recommended strategies for restructuring all clinical education in the health professions to be consistent with the principles of 21st century health systems. These recommendations stressed that health science students and all working professionals develop and maintain proficiency in 5 core areas: delivering patient-centered care, working as part of interdisciplinary teams, practicing evidence-based medicine, focusing on quality improvement, and using information technology.
The DNP program has two distinct programs available: 1) the Master’s to DNP program, 2) the Bachelor’s Degree to DNP (BS-DNP).
Masters to DNP Program
The Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice program of study is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education and is individualized based on a student’s previous education and experience and specialty interests.
5 semesters of full-time study
Blended executive, online and on-campus format
Minimum of 38 credit hours
Minimum 1000 hours of practicum
BS to DNP Program
The Bachelors to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs provide bachelor’s degree prepared registered nurses with advanced specialty education. The College of Nursing BS-DNP program specialty tracks include: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A full-time student can complete the DNP program in three years (8-9 academic semesters). The program of study for each nurse practitioner specialty area is available at http://www.nursing.utah.edu.
8-9 semesters of full-time study
Estimated 75 to 90 credits
Minimum 1000 hours of practicum and residency experiences
For more information on the Doctoral Programs visit: www.nursing.utah.edu