2017-18 Graduate Catalog 
    Nov 14, 2018  
2017-18 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Classes are offered at The Center for Adult Education in Warwick, RI.

Chair:                                      Dr. Debra Grosskurth, PhD., RN
                                                (401) 341-3251
Assistant Chair:                       Marylou Lyons, MS, RN
                                                (401) 341-3193

DNP Director:                         Sharon L. Stager, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
                                                (401) 341-3297

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

About the Program

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing. There are two pathways to complete the DNP.  The first is the BSN-DNP and the second is a post Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).  The curriculum provides clinical preparation for becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and educates nurses in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking, and leadership.  Graduates may seek leadership roles as advanced practice nurses, managers of quality initiatives, executives in health care organizations, directors of clinical programs and faculty responsible for clinical program delivery and clinical teaching.

The first pathway is the BSN-DNP program requiring 78 credits.  The BSN-DNP student receives a Master’s of Science in Nursing after completing 48 credits and 600 clinical hours.  The student is prepared to sit for a nationally accredited FNP exam.  Students progress into the DNP course work with a Systems/Leadership focus.  The second pathway is the Post-Master’s DNP requiring 30 credits.  Individuals who have graduated with an Advanced Practice registered Nurse (APRN) degree from another institution, may apply to the post master’s portion of the program.  The post master’s includes 15 credits of scholarly project work and a Systems/Leadership focus.  Both pathways of the program are offered in the evenings at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick.  Classes are taught in a hybrid/blended format with a combination of online and in-class meetings.

In the BSN-DNP pathway, students completing 48 credits (including 600 hours of clinical work) will be prepared to:

1. With Certification, students will be able to assume the role of the advanced practice nurse to provide independent and collaborative health care based on evidence, scientific knowledge, and science based theory

2. Demonstrate leadership skills and culturally appropriate decision making throughout the continuum of an advance practice nurse.

3. Incorporate continuous quality improvement within their healthcare practice and organization of employment to achieve safe and effective, quality patient care.

4. Demonstrate proficiency within the healthcare technologies to provide quality patient care as a integral part of the healthcare team based on evidence-based care.

In both the BSN-DNP and the Post Masters pathways, students will graduate with a DNP with a Systems Leadership focus. At the completion of the 30 credits (including 15 credits in scholarly project development), graduates will be prepared to:

1. Demonstrate organizational and system leadership to improve the quality of health care for persons.

2. Design, implement, and evaluate strategies to address the environmental influences of culture, economics, ethics, law, policy, politics, society, and technology on health outcomes.

3. Engage in the processes of critical thinking, communication, change, and lifelong learning as an advanced practice nurse.



Academic advising in the DNP program is conducted by the Director of the program as well as the Chair of the Department. Students are eligible for full admission into the BSN-DNP Program when they have successfully completed advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment and advanced pharmacology.

Nursing Liability Insurance

It is strongly suggested that in connection with the clinical practice component of the nursing program, all students in the BSN-DNP program, beginning with their first clinical course, secure professional liability insurance in addition to that provided by the University.

Program Requirements

Students may be admitted to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program for one semester on conditional status. If requirements for unconditional admission are not met after one semester, the student cannot progress. DNP students meet the admission, progression, and graduation requirements of the University Graduate Catalog. No more than 9 transfer credits can be applied to program requirements.

Policy for Readmission

DNP students who leave in good academic standing may resume enrollment in the program within two years after taking their first course by enrolling in courses required to complete the degree requirements. If a DNP student is on leave from the program for 3-5 years, the completed coursework will be reviewed on an individualized basis. Completion will be determined by the Chair of the Department of Nursing or Director based on the courses taken, the current information needed for advanced nursing practice, and student experience. Student remediation may be part of this individualized program. Students who have left the DNP program in good academic standing and wish to re-enroll in the program five years or more after taking their first course in the graduate program will have their transcripts reviewed on an individual basis. Readmission to the program may require retaking courses and/or remediation. In addition to the Department of Nursing policy for readmission, all DNP students must follow the readmission procedures for the Graduate School.

Prerequisite Courses

Students must have successfully completed a course in statistics with a minimum grade of  “B” from an accredited university.



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