Family Nurse Practitioner, D.N.P.
Doctor Of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner)
D'Youville's family nurse practitioner to doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree is designed for advanced practice nurses who seek to enhance their knowledge and professional future in an ever-evolving, integrative healthcare system. Graduates of this terminal degree program will fill the national demand for nursing leaders that are competent clinicians as well as scholars who will translate research into practice to achieve optimal patient care outcomes. The DNP is offered in a convenient blend of hybrid and online course formats.
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
Degree: F.N.P. to D.N.P.
In the specific area of concentration
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This course explores the epidemiology of health literacy and its influence on the
delivery of health care services. Individuals with low health literacy are afflicted
with a higher number of chronic diseases, have worse health outcomes and generate
higher health care costs when compared with their literate cohorts. Students will
be introduced to the social, economic, legal, political and education-based policies
that contribute to health literacy problems. Health system barriers encountered by
low literate individuals who seek care will be explored. Students will work in groups
to develop creative, community based solutions to identified health literacy barriers.
This course examines the use of evidence based practice (EBP) and information technology
(IT) in healthcare delivery. Using advanced Internet and database search skills,
the student will learn how to critically appraise the literature and apply evidence
based findings in a clinical, administrative, research, or educational health care
This course prepares the advance practice-nursing student to apply the tools and methods
of biostatistics to clinical practice. Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine
applications are an integral component of clinical decision-making about individual
patients. Advance practice nurses need to utilize biostatistics principles to provide
best practice outcomes for patients.
This course was developed for the advanced practice-nursing student preparing to work
with older adults. Traditional assessment and treatment plans are often ineffective
in meeting the needs of community dwelling elders. Multiply-complex health, social,
personal, economic, spiritual and legal issues, not encountered by younger adults
contributes to increased morbidity and mortality for the elderly. Students will work
in groups to develop effective community based solutions in cases involving older
adults. Future nurse leaders will be integral to the development of interdisciplinary
solutions to improve outcomes for older Americans.
This course studies the ethical dilemmas encountered in Health Care Professions. There
are concerns that challenge the value of being human underscored in end-of-life decisions
as well as those that span the bioethical literature. Analysis of a collective ethic
of organizations will also be conducted.
This course will explore a variety of issues that affect advanced practice nursing,
with specific content pertinent to family nurse practitioners. The legal and ethical
underpinnings of advanced practice will be explored. Students will explore the interaction
of social, cultural, political, regulatory and institutional polices that influence
practice. New practice roles such as entrepreneurship will be discussed. Identifying
leadership opportunities for doctoral students will be stressed.
This initial capstone residency experience is designed to provide the student with
an intensive immersion opportunity in which they apply their foundational preparation
and identify a focus for their capstone project. The student will select a mentor
to work with who is an expert in their field of interest and associated with a community
site or organization. During the residency, a problem that is amendable to an evidence-based
solution will be identified within the clinical site.
The student will work with a mentor and project chair to design and pilot the translation
project in Capstone II. The project committee, which is mutually agreed upon by the
student and advisor, will be providing feedback and critique during this process.
The project chair and second committee member will be responsible for communicating
with the mentor when needed to enhance the design of the project. The student will
develop a theoretically and evidence-based program to address the problem identified
in Capstone I. The student will be responsible for presenting the proposed design
in writing and defending orally to committee members.
In Capstone III, the student will work with a mentor to actualize the problem defined
in Capstone I and designed in Capstone II. This experience allows the student to translate
evidence-based findings into practice, to evaluate program development projects,
and to participate in collaborative, inter-professional approaches to health care
problems. The student will implement and evaluate a theoretically and evidence-based
approach to address the identified problem. The student will be responsible for completing
the project, presenting it in writing and defending orally to their committee.
Interdisciplinary Course Work Required for this Major
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This course addresses legal and ethical issues frequently encountered by health care
managers. Topics include the constitutional basis for government support of health
care services and constraints that law and regulation impose on the health care industry.
Bioethical theory, policy formulation and decision making in the professional setting
are also included. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to
health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation, choices regarding
death, liability of health care providers and governing board and medical and health
care staff responsibilities.
Total credits: 34
An individual gap analysis assessment will be made of each applicant's transcripts to determine what additional courses or clinical hours may be needed to satisfy the DNP requirements.
Admissions Criteria For Doctorate Of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program at a college or university in the U.S. (or CNO in Ontario)
- Completion of a master's degree with specialty preparation as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program at a college or university (or CNO in Ontario)
- Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.0 system)
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended; this must include all undergraduate and graduate work
- Copy of an active, unencumbered license as a professional registered nurse and advanced practice certification in New York state or Ontario
- Current CPR certification
- Copy of current national certification (or exam-eligibility) as an advanced practice nursing in a specialty area (where applicable)
- Documentation of the number of clinical hours completed in prior master's degree program
- At least two years of relevant professional experience
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Evidence of active membership in at least one professional organization
- Favorable review with a panel of D'Youville College nursing faculty members
- Three letters of reference; the faculty prefer that one come from a college-level professor if possible and at least one from an employer or colleague with an advanced or terminal degree, focusing on the applicant's potential for success in the doctoral program
- A written personal statement outlining how the applicant expects this degree to assist in achieving specific career goals
- Any applicant may chose to submit GRE scores if they believe their application does not adequately reflect their potential to succeed in a doctoral program.
- If an applicant meets all admission criteria and is attending or has previously attended a doctoral program, he or she must get a letter from that school of nursing stating the applicant is in good standing and can register for classes.
School of Nursing
Programs in the School of Nursing include undergraduate and graduate degree programs and post-graduate APRN certificates. The entry level professional program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in four academic years. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN® for licensure as registered nurses. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical course work in their sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.
A special curriculum (RN to BSN) is available for RN students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum offered online, except for clinical experiences, is designed to capitalize on and enhance the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.
D'Youville offers master's of science in nursing degree programs in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), nursing management and quality leadership, and nursing education with a clinical focus. The PMHNP and FNP programs are also available in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and the post-graduate advanced practice certificate program. The nurse practitioner programs prepare graduates to apply for and take national certification exams.
All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary healthcare studies, culturally competent healthcare, and collaboration and partnerships with clients, healthcare professionals, and agencies.
Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of healthcare settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing long-term care nursing, and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the post-graduate APRN certificate at D’Youville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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