DNP Director: Sharon L. Stager, DNP, FNP-BC
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
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 degree in nursing 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. A majority of the classes are offered in the evenings at our Center for Adult Education in Warwick with blended-hybrid learning.
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.
Salve Regina University evaluates the total application package. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution outside of the U.S.) with a grade point average of at least 3.0.
The following materials must be submitted for BSN-DNP program:
• Completed online application.
• Transcripts for baccalaureate and master’s degrees (if applying as a post-master’s student) in nursing from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
• Copy of unencumbered RN license or eligibility for RN licensure in the state of Rhode Island.
• Copy of unencumbered APRN license and certification (if applicable).
• Personal statement
• Portfolio (include curriculum vitae/resume) that includes a description of current and past clinical practice as well as any presentations and/ or publications.
• Two letters of recommendation.
• Interview with a member of the graduate nursing admissions committee.
• Evidence of completion of three credits in statistics.
• Evidence of completion of three credits in master’s-level advanced research course (post-master’s applicants).
• Online writing sample.
Academic advising in the DNP program is conducted by the Director of the BSN-DNP Program. The Chair of the Nursing department supports the Director as needed. 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
Nursing Liability Insurance is strongly suggested prior to initiating clinical practice within the nursing program. The university has a supplemental insurance to all nursing students.
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.
Students must have successfully completed a course in statistics with a minimum grade of “B” from an accredited university.