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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

School of Nursing

Application Deadlines

October 1st, March 1st and June 1st

  • Applications accepted after that date if space is available
    (334-670-3437 or 334-241-8642)
    • Every Course Online
    • Faculty Mentored Scholarly Project
    • One Day on Campus Orientation

Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree that prepares the graduate to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals, families and communities. The outcomes for the program are consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) specifications for practice doctoral programs in nursing in accordance with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program educates the advanced specialty nurse for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles in  a practice-focused doctoral program in nursing. TROY’s program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving problems in health care systems. The program infuses the nursing community with qualified educators who can work with students in new practice settings, demonstrating evidence-based approaches to healthcare using strategic problem solving skills. The changing demands of the nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure high quality patient outcomes.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is awarded on completion of course work with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA), and fulfillment of candidacy requirements. The successful completion of the comprehensive/qualifying examination is required for the post-BSN student.

Students are admitted in spring each year for enrollment in fall semester.  Students may enroll for full-time or part-time study.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is available online.

Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice the graduate will be able to:
    1. Evaluate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines for advanced practice nursing at the highest level.
    2. Design quality, cost effective and innovative nursing care models based on the knowledge of interrelationships among nursing, organizational, political, and economic sciences.
    3. Incorporate systems engineering concepts to prevent and solve complex health care delivery problems.
    4. Translate research to transform nursing practice and support evidence-based nursing practice for diverse patient populations and organizations.
    5. Provide leadership in the integration of technology and information systems for quality improvements in patient care and healthcare systems.
    6. Develop effective practice standards for managing ethical issues inherent in patient care, health care organizations and research.
    7. Initiate changes in health care systems through the design and implementation of health policies that strengthen the health care delivery system.
    8. Evaluate system responses to health and illness as a basis for clinical prevention and population health services in rural and urban settings within a global market.
    9. Demonstrate role competencies in a specialized area of advanced practice nursing as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Request for Additional Information

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will be admitted only under unconditional admission status. Conditional admission is not available for DNP applicants.

Admission to the program will be limited to number of available spaces. To be considered for unconditional admission to the DNP program the applicant must:

  1. Hold a BSN or MSN degree from a nationally accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on all nursing coursework if post baccalaureate applicant or on all graduate coursework if post-masters applicant.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary academic study.
  4. Earn a minimum GRE score of 294.
    Note: This requirement is waived for post-MSN applicants.
  5. Possess a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Alabama or in the state where clinical practice will occur.
  6. Submit two letters of professional reference that address academic ability, professional competence, and leadership potential in nursing.
  7. Complete a successful interview by the Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.
  8. Submit a 800-1000 word essay describing professional goals and how completion of the DNP program will enhance future roles and practice.
  9. Submit a Resume that includes education, work experience in nursing, research experiences, publications, presentations, community service, professional memberships and service.
  10. Possess a valid certification in advanced practice nursing from a nationally recognized credentialing body or be eligible to take a nationally recognized certification exam. Note: This requirement applies only to post-MSN applicants.
  11. Submit documentation of academic clinical hours.
    Note: This requirement applies only to post-MSN applicants.

Distance Education students residing outside of Alabama:
Each state has its own approval process for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Troy University endeavors to offer programs to as wide an audience as is possible, all Troy University distance education programs many not be available in all states.

All students enrolling in a clinical nursing course must have current, written documentation of the following clinical requirements:

  1. Current unencumbered licensure as an RN for the state in which you will be having clinical experiences.
  2. Professional liability insurance purchased through Troy University or a carrier designated by the MSN faculty.
  3. Annual physical exam with TB skin test indicating sound health.
  4. Results of serum titers for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella, indicating immune status.
  5. Evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B or proof of beginning vaccination series.
  6. Proof of BCLS certification (ACLS certification is acceptable).
  7. Verification of current health insurance.
  8. Negative drug screen certified by LabCorp Laboratories and Troy University School of Nursing medical officer prior to first clinical course.
  9. Clear criminal background check.

All evidence documents must be valid from the time of registration through the end of the semester.

DNP: Post Baccalaureate Clinical Nurse Specialist

Semester Planner - Full-time

Program of Studies

Fall (1)
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 6612 3 Adv. Health Assessment
NSG 6618 1 Adv. Health Assessment Practicum
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
  Total: 10  
Spring (2)
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations and Systems
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
NSG 66-- 2 Clinical Theory
NSG 66-- 3 Clinical Preceptorship
  Total: 10  
Summer (3)
NSG 6691 3 Research Methodology
NSG 6604 2 Theories in Nursing
  Total: 5  
Fall (4)
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 66-- 2 Clinical Theory
NSG 66-- 3 Clinical Preceptorship
NSG 8810 1 I DNP Residency I: Project Identification
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice Foundations
  Total: 12  
Spring (5)
NSG 66-- 2 Role Theory
NSG 66-- 3 Role Internship
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvements of Clinical Outcomes
NSG 8820 2 DNP Residency II: Project Development
  Total: 9  
Summer (6)
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare Systems
  Total: 4  
Fall (7)
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics and Data Management
NSG 8830 2-4 DNP Residency III: Project Implementation
NSG 8804 3 Policy & Politics in Healthcare
  Total: 9-11  
Spring (8)
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV: Project Evaluation
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
  Total: 6-8  

Post Baccalaureate Family Nurse Practitioner

Semester Planner - Full-time

Program of Studies

Fall (1)
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6604 2 Theories in Nursing
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
  Total: 11  
Spring (2)
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations and Systems
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6613 3 Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
  Total: 11  
Summer (3)
NSG 6665 3 Primary Care I
NSG 6666 3 Primary Care I Preceptorship
NSG 6691 3 Research Methodology
  Total: 9  
Fall (4)
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence- Based Practice
NSG 6667 3 Primary Care II
NSG 6668 3 Primary Care II Preceptorship
NSG 8810 1 I DNP Residency I
  Total: 10  
Spring (5)
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvements of Clinical Outcomes
NSG 6680 5 FNP Internship
NSG 8820 2 DNP Residency II
  Total: 9  
Summer (6)
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare Systems
  Total: 4  
Fall (7)
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics and Data Management
NSG 8804 3 Policy and Politics in Health Care
NSG 8830 2-4 DNP Residency lllI
  Total: 9-11  
Spring (8)
NSG 6670 1 Role Synthesis Seminar
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV Project Evaluation
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
  Total: 7-9  

Post MSN Curriculum

A minimum of 35 semester hours is required for completion of the DNP-Post-Masters degree program.

Program of Studies

Advanced Nursing Core (15 sh)
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics & Data Management
NSG 8804 3 Policy & Politics in Healthcare
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations & Systems
       
Scholarly Inquiry Methods for Evidence-based Practice (9 hrs)
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence-based Practice
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvements of Client Outcomes
       
Practice Residency (8-12 hrs)
NSG 8810 1 DNP Residency I: Project Identification
NSG 8820 2 DNP Residency II: Project Development
NSG 8830 2-4 DNP Residency III: Project Implementation
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV: Project Evaluation
       
Synthesis and Evaluations (3 hrs)
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
       
      Total Hours: 35-39

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