2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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

Chair:                                      debra.grosskurth@salve.edu, MSN,RN
                                                (401) 341-3251
Assistant Chair:                       marylou.lyons@salve.edu, MS, RN
                                                (401) 341-3193

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

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

About the Program

The practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing. The BSN-DNP curriculum builds on the baccalaureate program by providing clinical preparation for becoming an advance practice nurse, education in evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking among other key areas. BSN-DNP graduates will likely seek leadership roles such as advanced practice nurses, managers of quality initiatives, executives in healthcare organizations, directors of clinical programs, and faculty responsible for clinical program delivery and clinical teaching.

Students complete 48 credits in a Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program.  After completion of the M.S. Nursing, students are prepared to sit for the FNP exam.  Students then continue on for the DNP and complete an additional 30 credits, including 15 credits of the DNP Research Project.

At the completion of the 78 credit program, the graduate will be able to:

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

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

4.  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 must be fully admitted to the DNP Program prior to enrolling in clinical courses.

Nursing Liability Insurance

It is strongly suggested that in connection with the clinical practice component of the nursing program, all students in the 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 DNP 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 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.