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Doctor of Nursing Practice

 


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is offered specifically for nurse practitioners who wish to increase their knowledge base concerning safe and effective primary patient care for diverse populations.

The DNP program offers a full-time plan of study (22 months) and part-time plan of study (34 months). Seventy-eight hours are required for post-baccalaureate entry and thirty-eight to forty-four hours are required for post-masters entry, depending on the number of clinical hours earned in the master's program.

DNP Philosophy

The Doctoral program builds upon the philosophy of the Master's program that includes primary care, advanced nursing practice, and evidence based practice foci. Attainment of advanced knowledge and competencies as an expert occurs through the processes of synthesizing, applying, and translating credible research findings into practice. All encompassing beliefs concerning the value of leadership (both in political and practice related settings), advanced practice nursing, and global health are components of the well-rounded advanced practice nursing leader at the doctoral level.

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DNP Program Purpose

The purpose of the MUW DNP program is congruent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006). The DNP program is a practice focused doctoral program designed to prepare nurses at the highest level of nursing practice to lead in applying and translating research into practice in local, state, national, and global health systems. The focus of the DNP program is on evidence-based practice reflecting synthesis, application, and translation of credible research findings. The DNP program includes integrative practice experiences and an intense practice immersion experience that prepares advanced practice nurses caring for populations in primary and specialty care settings with emphasis on chronic illness management.

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DNP Program Goals

  1. Produce nurse practitioner leaders who will utilize the theoretical and scientific underpinnings for nurse practitioner practice to provide acute and chronic health care that is ethical, safe, evidence-based, culturally sensitive, interdisciplinary, technically sagacious and appropriate for a diverse range of individuals and aggregates.
  2. Produce graduates who utilize research and nursing knowledge to influence healthcare policy and advocate for improvement in the health of individuals and aggregates, especially the chronically ill.

    Produce clinical scholars who are committed to lifelong learning, ongoing leadership, and the improvement of health care delivery in the local community, in Mississippi, in the United States, and across the globe.

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DNP Student Outcomes

  1. Synthesize theoretical, philosophical, ethical, and empirical knowledge to develop therapeutic interventions in complex health systems.
  2. Develop leadership skills within complex health systems to improve safe, cost-effective, and quality health care for diverse populations.
  3. Demonstrate clinical scholarship and the use of analytical methods to design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based practice.
  4. Utilize information systems and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care.
  5. Provide leadership in the analysis, development, and implementation of health care policy on local, regional, national, and global levels.
  6. Employ collaborative approaches with other disciplines for improving health outcomes among diverse populations.

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Admission Requirements:

MUW Graduate Program Requirements

  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including MUW transcripts. Transcripts must verify that the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution and that the applicant has a minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a four-point scale for undergraduate studies.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Test scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • Three letters of professional recommendation stating the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding family members and MUW employees) who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic/work performance.
  • An immunization form showing proof of two doses of measles vaccines and one of rubella. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants who are not citizens of the U.S. including permanent resident applicants who hold a "green card" in the U.S. and international applicants currently in the U.S. on any type of visa. The minimum TOEFL is 550.
  • A $25 application fee, payable to MUW Graduate Studies.

DNP Program Requirements

  • A minimum score of 3.5 in analytical writing on GRE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an academic institution with national and regional accreditation and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended.
  • Evidence of an unrestricted/unencumbered nursing license and national certification as a nurse practitioner and certification in a state as a nurse practitioner is required.
  • All candidates must have a criminal background check with no disqualifying events as mandated by the State of Mississippi and must pass a drug screen (9 panel or higher)
  • The following courses must be completed (with a grade of B or better) prior to admission to DNP courses: Graduate research and graduate inferential statistics.
  • Three letters of professional recommendation are required. The letters must state the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding family members and MUW employees) who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic or work performance.
  • Admission interviews are an important part of the application process. Invitations to interview are sent after a preliminary review of applications in each round. Candidates chosen to interview receive an e-mail with instructions on how to schedule an interview. Interviews take place on the MUW campus.
  • Applicants must enclose a one-to two-page current resume describing all chronological work experience and education since becoming an RN. The applicant must include full legal name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with the resume.
  • The required essay allows the admissions committee to learn about the applicant, his/her accomplishments and professional aspirations. The required essay requires the applicant to describe their career goals and explain how a DNP from MUW will help them accomplish those goals. Questions include reasons for seeking admission to the DNP program; areas of planned research; goals while in the program; long-range career plans; qualifications and readiness for the program; and mentorship by program faculty.

Information regarding the Department of Graduate Nursing programs and applications for admission may be secured by writing to:
Department of Graduate Nursing
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College St. MUW-910
Columbus, MS 39701-5800

Applicants to the Department of Graduate Nursing must meet General Admission Requirements and Graduate Admission Procedures noted in the Graduate Studies Bulletin including all official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work from all institutions attended $25.00 application fee, and immunization requirements sent to the Department of Graduate Nursing.

Application deadline is June 1; however, seats may already be filled. It is best to apply early.

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Full Time Plan of Study

Semester 1

Course

Credits

 

NU 700 - Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

2

 

NU 704 - Technology and Transformation of Health Care

2

 

NU 708 - Standards of Care and Evidenced Based Practice

3

Semester 2

Course

Credits

 

NU 713 - Chronic Disease in the Human

3

 

NU 714 - Population Health

3

 

NU 750 - Collaboration in New and Emerging Health Trends

2

Semester 3

Course

Credits

 

NU 701 - Quality and Safety in Complex Health Systems

3

 

NU 770 - Health Care Policy & Economics

3

 

NU 721 - Science of Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

3

Semester 4

Course

Credits

 

NU 712 - Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems

3

 

NU 799 - DNP Residency I & II

6-8

 

NU 800 - DNP Project I & II

4

 
 

Part Time Plan of Study

Semester 1

Course

Credits

 

NU 704 - Technology and Transformation of Health Care

2

 

NU 708 - Standards of Care and Evidenced Based Practice

3

Semester 2

Course

Credits

 

NU 701 - Quality and Safety in Complex Health Systems

3

 

NU 714 - Population Health

3

 

Semester 3

Course

Credits

 

NU 713 - Chronic Disease in the Human

3

 

NU 721 - Clinical Analysis and Diagnostics

3

Semester 4

Course

Credits

 

NU 700 - Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

2

 

NU 750 - Collaboration in New and Emerging Health Trends

2

 

NU 799 - DNP Project I**

2

 

NU 800 - DNP Residency I**

3-4

Semester 5

Course

Credits

 

NU 712 - Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems

3

 

NU 770 - Health Care Policy & Economics

3

Semester 6

Course

Credits

 

NU 799 - DNP Project II

3-4

 

NU 800 - DNP Residency II

2

     

**In the part time plan of study, the DNP Project and Residency I courses can be taken in any semester after the student's project proposal has been approved by the faculty.

 

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Tuition & Costs:

See Graduate Tuition & Costs

Additional Expenses for Nursing Students:

Malpractice Insurance -----------------------$20.00 - up
Diagnostic and Lab Software ---------------$150.00 - up
Typhon Clinical Tracking ---------------------$75.00
Books and Software ----------------------$2,000.00 (estimated)
Typing/Editing service -----------------------$500.00 - up

Financial Aid & Assistantships:

Students seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice may apply for financial assistance in the form of loans, scholarships, or stipends (601-898-0850) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, please call the Office of Financial Aid (662) 329-7114.

For Mississippi Residents Only: Please visit IHL site below after January to apply for scholarships.
www.ihl.state.ms.us/financialaid/nursing.html

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Application Documents

Graduate Nursing Application

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