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Doctor of Nursing Practice

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To advance the profession of nursing through excellence and innovation in nursing education.

11/6/2024

8/27/2025

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The doctor of nurse practice degree prepares nurses to lead and deliver quality healthcare through the translation of evidence into practice. Start where you are. Enter as a Bachelor of Nursing graduate or transfer up to 27 graduate credit hours from a Master’s program. Complete your Doctor of Nursing practice in 3 ½ years or less. Choose your concentration.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Concentrations

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Doctoral degree in nursing that focuses on systems leadership to address global healthcare needs. This degree allows registered nurses to assume leadership roles and advance their practice working to improve the quality and safety of nursing.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – DNP – Registered nurses who provide mental health care to individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. PMHNP’s are advance practice nurses who are equipped to assess, diagnose, prescribe, and coordinate care. Upon completion of the DNP program graduates are eligible to sit for national certification exam.

According to Grey Associates (2023), Market Research Report: Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Concentration — there are only two other schools that offer this degree at the doctoral level in the state of Ohio.

Family Nurse Practitioner – DNP – Registered nurses who provide primary care to individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan.  FNP’s are advanced practice nurses who are equipped to assess, diagnose, prescribe, and coordinate care for common, acute, and chronic illness while promoting health maintenance and disease prevention. Upon completion of the DNP program graduates are eligible to sit for national certification exam.

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Tuition & Cost

$798 per credit hour
Fees not included

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Program Length

3 1/2 years or less

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Total Credit Hours

60 + 1,000 clinical hours required

Want to learn more?

INFORMATION SESSIONS
For those interested in more information about MVNU’s first doctoral program, virtual information sessions have been established to speak with program leaders and faculty.

Monthly sessions are:

  • The second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m (EDT).
  • The fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m (EDT).

Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses

Intro to DNP Systems Thinking

Jumpstart your doctoral education with this introductory course while developing the skills needed to be successful in the DNP Program.

DNP Core Courses

Walk out your Doctoral Project in a step-by-step process from planning and implementation to dissemination. The DNP Systems Thinking Seminar Courses enable learners to complete their project as they move through each course during the last year and a half of the program.

Didactic/Clinical Courses

Complete the precepted clinical hours in your own community with a qualified expert while learning content relevant to your concentration.

Curriculum stats/highlights

All DNP students take Foundation Courses and the Core Courses. You pick you concentration and follow that curriculum.

Concentrations include:

•Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

•Psychiatric Mental Health
 Nurse Practitioner - DNP

•Family Nurse Practitioner - DNP

Courses

DNP Foundation Courses Credit Hours
Intro to DNP Systems Thinking 3
Leadership, Role & Collaboration 3
Health Promotion Theory & Population Health 3
Research and Evidence-Based Practice through Information Technologies 3
Health Systems Policy, Economics & Financial Planning 3
Biostats & Epidemiology 3
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeurtic 3
Advanced Physical Health Assessment 3
DNP Core Courses Credit Hours
DNP System Thinking Seminar I — Project Development 2
DNP System Thinking Seminar II — Implementation 2
DNP System Thinking Seminar III — Data Analysis 2
DNP System Thinking Seminar III — Dissemination 2
Total DNP Core Hours 35
+ DNP Concentration (see options below)
25
Total DNP Hours 60

Concentration Courses

Meet the Faculty

Work closely with your nursing professors to gain specific knowledge to advance your skills and enhance your practice. Mount Vernon Nazarene University faculty establish connections and provide support while you complete your graduate courses.

Dr. Karla Adu, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Debra Garee, DNP, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing, DNP Program Director

Dr. Judy Gregg, DNP, RN

Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Jessica Myers, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, APRN

Assistant Professor and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, DNP Program Coordinator

How much will it all cost?

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Cost Per Credit Hour

$798
Fees not included

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Transfer Credit

Up to 27 graduate credit hours accepted upon review.

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Financial Aid

Apply for scholarships, loans, grants, and tuition reimbursement.

Get the Facts

27

Transfer up to
27 credit hours

45%

Job Growth 2022-2032*

$117,440

Annual mean wage of Nurse Practitioner in Ohio**

References:

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2023). DNP Fact Sheet.

Grey Associates. (2023). Market Research Report: Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Concentration.

**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2023). A look at nurse practitioners for National Nurse Practitioner Week.

Careers for DNP

DNP-prepared nurses have advanced clinical and leadership skills that open up a wide range of career opportunities across various healthcare settings. Some of the top jobs for DNP-prepared nurses could include:

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
  • Nurse Executive Manager
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Clinical Educator
  • Professor
  • Health Policy Advocate/Analyst
  • Quality Improvement Specialist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Telehealth
  • Public Health Nurse Leader
  • Consultant

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