Earning your terminal degree is just the beginning.
Your ambitious nature causes you to continually elevate your goals. Despite having already earned your master’s degree and established an advanced nursing career, you still feel a sense of urgency to learn more. Now you can gain even more satisfaction, momentum, confidence, and experience through Maryville University’s two online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs:
For advanced practice nurses who have completed their MSN and wish to lead at the highest level.
For nurses who have completed their MSN and wish to become an NP or change their NP specialty, while also working toward their terminal DNP degree. The DNP-NP creates a pathway to earn your DNP while also earning the academic degree needed to take the respective NP credentialing examinations to earn your NP certification. There is an option to choose from five specialty areas: AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP, PNP, and PMHNP.
100% online with no campus visits required
No GMAT or GRE required for admission
Earn your DNP in as few as 20 months or your DNP-NP in as few as 36 months
Complete clinicals locally in your preferred setting
No waiting list once you’re accepted
Why earn your DNP degree?
You have your Master of Science in Nursing degree. Why the DNP degree? Why now?
There are as many reasons to pursue an online DNP program as there are opportunities waiting for you after graduation. When you earn your DNP, you learn to impact patient care from a higher level. As the baby boomer wave of experienced healthcare professionals prepares for retirement, new vacancies in high-level positions are emerging across the nation. The future of our healthcare system hangs in the balance — and we believe it can only be as strong as its leadership. That’s why now is the time to earn your DNP and lead the way.
Dr. Elizabeth Buck, Assistant Dean for Nursing, discusses the difference between a DNP and a Ph.D. Dr. Buck further explains the Maryville DNP program, including the esteemed curriculum, the scholarly project, and expected outcomes for DNP graduates.
Prepare you for more autonomy, responsibility, and professional growth.
Develop your expertise with a greater focus on the scientific underpinnings of nursing, healthcare policy, and organizational leadership in the healthcare setting.
Help you advance your credentials and improve patient care within your specialization.
Equip you for the increasing complexity of community healthcare needs.
Expand your knowledge of evidence-based practice, clinical care research, patient outcomes, and clinical systems management.
Offer you a higher level of preparation for leadership in times of change.
What are the Maryville advantages for DNP students?
We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of our 100% online learning platform. Here are a few more reasons why we offer you the best path:
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The convenience of a 24/7 online learning model that syncs up with work, life, and family obligations.
Opportunities to study important topics that will help pave the way to a better future for yourself and others.
The chance to conduct research via clinical inquiry courses that will challenge assumptions.
A quality educational experience based on the principles of caring, collaboration, and excellence.
Exposure to faculty and nursing leaders who share their goals for public health and the nursing profession.
Why is the industry outlook for DNPs so strong?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a two-year study titled “The Future of Nursing.” Results indicate an opportunity — and a responsibility — for nurses to take greater ownership of the healthcare field, with a recommendation to double the number of doctoral-prepared nurses by 2020.
There are many other factors propelling the advancement of the nursing profession. Here are a few of the demands driving opportunity and prompting a higher level of preparation among nurse leaders:
An impending shortage of primary care physicians which is anticipated to reach a minimum of 100,000 by 2025, with a greater scarcity in rural and inner city communities.
Shortages of advanced practice nurses. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) estimates that there is only one qualified candidate for every four available nurse practitioner jobs.
An additional shortage of nursing faculty as current academic leaders reach retirement. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that U.S. nursing schools turned away more than 75,000 qualified applicants in 2013 due to insufficient faculty and other compounding factors.
The emergence of nurse-run clinics to meet the needs for improved access to local community healthcare.
Rising healthcare needs of an aging population.
Increasingly complex healthcare system and patient needs.
Rapidly expanding knowledge underlying practice.
National concerns about quality outcomes and patient safety.
Career Opportunities for DNPs
Reach the pinnacle of your career — and enjoy the view. Your career requires you to make decisions every day that impact lives. When you decide to pursue your DNP or DNP-NP with Maryville, it impacts the entire healthcare system.
The role of a DNP gives you the chance to:
Conduct clinical research or advocate for legislative change in healthcare policy.
Become a practice manager or gain CEO status within a healthcare organization.
Potentially earn a six-figure salary with greater autonomy. Many of our grads do.
Apply evidence-based research to improve the quality of patient care — locally, nationally, or even globally.
Advocate for patient safety rights and practices, from lift equipment to infection control to data security and beyond.
Drive collaborative projects as a leader and a champion for the future of nursing progress.
Sit at the executive table, or in a government seat, where all-encompassing decisions are made.
Where do DNPs work?
An internal medicine practice
A specialty practice, such as cardiology or oncology
A university or college teaching tomorrow’s nurses
An autonomous practice (23 states now permit those with a doctor of nursing practice degree to open their own clinics and become their own boss)
A range of hospitals and other healthcare institutions
A plethora of administrative and political roles
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Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education — CCNE
Online DNP Curriculum
The online DNP program can be completed in as few as 20 months. The online DNP-NP program can be completed in as few as 36 months depending on the concentration selected. You have the option of starting in the spring, summer, or fall. All of your courses can be completed 100% online.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Core and Capstone Courses
The DNP program is 11 courses, 33 credit hours
Doctor of Nursing Practice Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)
This course introduces students to the purpose, content, and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics. The fundamental concepts and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics are explored with particular emphasis on applications in epidemiology, public health, global health, disease surveillance and outbreak analysis, health care administration, and the social and biological sciences. Basic statistics, including exploratory data analysis, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and ANOVA methods are presented. Evaluating and using output from statistical computing software are also addressed. (3 credit hours)
Foundations of Clinical Scholarship
As the first course in the DNP program, this course is designed to refine students' scholarly writing skills through a variety of strategies. Along with important works in nursing, literature in other disciplines is also explored. The process of concept analysis is emphasized. (3 credit hours)
Integrating and Synthesizing Research
This course emphasizes an objective approach to the integration and synthesis of knowledge according to scientific principles and rules. The conceptual consequences imposed by science on philosophies of knowledge are also discussed. Manuscript preparation and practical use of evidence are incorporated in an effort to prepare students for the design of research proposals. (3 credit hours)
Advanced Health Care Policy
In this course knowledge of the American healthcare system is used to identify economically and politically feasible and viable policy changes that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the system's delivery of health care. The policy-making process is examined to prepare students to be effective advocates for health policy change. (3 credit hours)
Understanding the measurement of phenomena is a critical component of the research process. Procedures for selecting, applying and interpreting the correct statistical application to a research problem will be presented with students processing the results. (3 credit hours)
Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Courses (18 credit hours)
This course is designed to present ethical principles and decision-making models for the highest level of nursing practice. Evidence-based nursing and interprofessional literature are used to analyze ethical dilemmas that arise in professional practice. (3 credit hours)
Quality and Patient Safety in Advanced Nursing Practice
This course is designed to provide students with the foundation of process improvement (PI) and quality improvement (QI) concepts. Theoretical perspectives of quality and patient safety factors and the use of selected process improvement tools will be examined. Evidence-based practice and change management will be integrated with concepts of PI and QI. Systems thinking will be emphasized. (3 credit hours)
Clinical Inquiry I
In this course, students design an evidence-based research study that will guide clinical practice. The feasibility of conducting this research initiative is explored. Potential funding sources and budget issues will be examined. Students complete the human subjects training and write a proposal. (3 credit hours)
Clinical Inquiry II
In this course, students implement their clinical project and complete data collection. Students apply integrated research concepts as they pertain to their clinical project. Utilization of various methods of data analysis and data management systems will be explored. (3 credit hours)
Clinical Inquiry III
In this course, students complete data analysis of the clinical project. Based upon the results of data analysis, students disseminate their evidence-based research through written and oral delivery. (3 credit hours)
Organizations Theory and Systems Leadership
Organizational, management and social science theories are analyzed in the context of organizational leadership and change management. Systems thinking is emphasized. (3 credit hours)
Doctor of Nursing Practice with NP Concentration (DNP-NP)
DNP-NP students complete the courses listed above plus:
Graduate Nursing Core Courses (6 credit hours)
Advanced Practice Nurse This course provides a theoretical foundation for exploring, analyzing, and evaluating the advance practice nursing roles within the health care system. The legal and ethical context in which the advanced nurse practices is addressed. (3 credit hours)
Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
The master's-prepared nurse is in a key position to influence the health practices of individuals, groups and communities. Health screening, risk assessment, targeted needs assessment, and health promotion are emphasized. Health care goals at the local, regional, and national levels are implemented to direct program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. (3 credit hours)
Provides the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of diseases and the changes in normal function that result in manifestations indicative of illness. Emphasis is on correlating manifestations of illness with pathophysiological processes in order to formulate diagnoses and health care goals. (3 credit hours)
Advanced Health Assessment
Advanced practice nurses perform comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings. Advanced health assessment integrates health history, physical and psychological changes and psychosocial variations. The assessment is used to determine health and risk status, develop health promotion strategies, and establish priorities of care. Differences between a complete health history and a history for an episodic event are examined. This course incorporates 80 hours of documented clinical experience with a preceptor focusing on health history and physical assessment. The student will apply concepts related to advanced health assessment and health promotion to problems of adults in rural and/or urban health settings and will begin their clinical logs. (5 credit hours)
Nurse practitioners diagnose and prescribe treatment regimens for persons with common acute and/or chronic health problems. This course focuses on the pharmacological foundation for safely prescribing medical regimens for illnesses that affect individuals. Also included are illness prevention and non-pharmacological primary care for individuals and populations at risk. Selection of appropriate therapies, patient education and evaluation parameters are stressed. (3 credit hours)