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 Graduate Nursing Program is designed for nurses to continue studies within their profession to seek advanced practice and an advanced degree in nursing. There are three pathways to obtain an advanced degree in nursing; Master’s in Science of Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, Post-Master’s Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Baccalaureate in Science of Nursing to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP). The master’s curriculum provides clinical preparation for becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The curriculum 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.
Academic advising in the DNP program is conducted by the Director of the Program. The Chair of the Nursing department supports the Director as needed. Students are eligible for full admission into the 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 Graduate Nursing program for one semester on conditional status. If requirements for unconditional admission are not met after one semester, the student cannot progress. Students must meet the admission, progression, and graduation requirements of the University Graduate Catalog. No more than 9 transfer credits can be applied to program requirements, unless approved by the Graduate Nursing Director.
Policy for Readmission
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 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 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 students must follow the readmission procedures for the Graduate School.
Students must have successfully completed a course in statistics from an accredited university.