2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Doctor of Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

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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

Requirements for Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Minimum Degree Hours: 75

Applicants will submit one application to be reviewed by the University of Utah Office of Graduate Admissions and the College of Nursing. Applicants must meet Graduate School and DNP Program minimum requirements. Admission to the DNP Program is limited and selective. Admission cannot be guaranteed to all individuals who meet the minimum requirements. Successful applications must be admitted by the both the Graduate School and the College of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements set by the University of Utah Graduate School.

The following are the minimum requirements needed to apply for a DNP degree program at the College of Nursing:

  • Submission of a completed College of Nursing Graduate Program Application by the December 1 deadline
  • Evidence of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited university or college, and a nationally accredited nursing school from either 1) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation (CCNE), or 2) The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Nursing Orgnaizational Leadership Only: Must show evidence of completion of a master’s degree in nursing or health-related field from a regionally accredited university.
  • Verification of licensure as an RN or APRN in at least one of the jurisdictions of National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Broad exposure to the healthcare field and have a minimum of one to two years experience in healthcare prior to admission to the program

Required Prerequisite Course

Prerequisite courses require a B grade or better and may be completed during the admission process. All prerequisite courses must be completed before beginning the program. If you take a course during the summer semester before beginning the program, it must be at the University of Utah.

Upper Division Physiology

  • BS in Nursing graduates prior to 2012 must take this course
  • BS in Nursing graduates 2012 or later who have not taken this course as part of the curriculum must take this course
  • RN to BS graduates who did not take an upper division level course in physiology or pathophysiology are required to take this course
  • Upper division level = 3000 or higher
  • College of Nursing offers NURS 5905: Clinical Physiology in Spring and Summer semesters

Prerequisite courses can be completed at the U of U as a Non-Degree Seeking Student. Click here for application instructions.

Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) REQUIRED for applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.20 and score cannot be older than five years

English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL or IELTS only)

Evidence of English-language proficiency is required for applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants are required to submit results of either the Test of English Foreign Language or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission can be found at the University of Utah Office of Admissions.


Core Requirements

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