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Doctor of Nursing Practice

| Admission Requirements | Curriculum Objectives/Program Outcomes | Suggested Plan of Study | Tuition & Costs | Application |

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 (12 months) and part-time plan of study (24 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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Curriculum Objectives/ Program Outcomes

  1. Enhance scientific knowledge to improve nurse practitioner practice and patient outcomes. 
  2. Examine standards of care for safe and accurate nurse practitioner practice.
  3. Practice at the highest level of advanced practice nursing through integration of knowledge from nursing, science, ethics, and the biophysical, analytical, and organizational sciences.
  4. Demonstrate leadership through the development and evaluation of healthcare delivery approaches that ensure quality and safety.
  5. Employ clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice.
  6. Utilize information systems and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of healthcare.
  7. Provide leadership in teh development of healthcare policy with respect to ethics, social justice and equity.
  8. Employ collaborative approaches to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  9. Implement clinical prevention strategies for improvement of the health status of the diverse national population.

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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

Spring Term I

Course

 

NU 700 - Philosophy and Theory of Nursing Practice

 

NU 704 - Technology and Transformation of Health Care

 

NU 708 - Standards of Care and Evidenced Based Practice

 

NU 713 - Advanced Human Anatomy and Pathophysiology

 

NU 721 - Science of Anatomy and Diagnostic Reasoning

   
   

Summer Term I

Course

 

NU 701 - Advances in Pharmacologic Care: DNP Strategies

 

NU 714 - Population Health

 

NU 750 - Collaboration in New and Emerging Health Trends

 

NU 799 - Translational Evidence Based Residency I & II

 

NU 800 - Translation Project I & II

   
   

Fall Term I

Course

 

NU 712 - Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems

 

NU 770 - Health Care Policy & Economics

 

NU 799 - Translational Evidence Based Residency I & II

 

NU 800 - Translation Project I & II

   
   
Part Time Plan of Study
   

Spring Term I

Course

 

NU 700 - Philosophy and Theory of Nursing Practice

 

NU 713 - Advanced Human Anatomy and Pathophysiology

 

NU 721 - Science of Anatomy and Diagnostic Reasoning

   
   

Spring Term II

Course

 

NU 704 - Technology and Transformation of Health Care

 

NU 708 - Standards of Care and Evidenced Based Practice

   

 

Summer Term I

Course

 

NU 701 - Advances in Pharmacologic Care: DNP Strategies

 

NU 714 - Population Health

   
   
   

Summer Term II

Course

 

NU 750 - Collaboration in New and Emerging Health Trends

 

NU 799 - Translational Evidence Based Residency I & II

 

NU 800 - Translation Project I & II

   
 

 

Fall Term I

Course

 

NU 712 - Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems

 

NU 770 - Health Care Policy & Economics

   
   
   

Fall Term II

Course

 

NU 799 - Translational Evidence Based Residency I & II

 

NU 800 - Translation Project I & II

   

 

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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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1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439