Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Gardner-Webb University is a 36-semester-hour program in three modules offering two areas of specialty education for students with a Master's degree in nursing: Advanced Practice Leadership and Educational Leadership. Course work is presented in an executive format including 20-23 clock hours on campus in Boiling Springs, NC, for student/ faculty collaboration and faculty presentations, clarification of theoretical content, learning objects, and course requirements. The remainder of the semester includes online lectures, presentations, writing assignments, and interactive class discussions using GWU’s distance learning system. Students enrolled in the Post-Master’s DNP Program acquire knowledge in nursing theory, research, policy, statistics, epidemiology, informatics, and nursing education or administration. Graduates are prepared to improve healthcare outcomes through evidence-based practice as they assume leadership roles as managers of quality initiatives, executives in healthcare organizations, and directors of clinical and academic programs.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the post-masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program will:
- Utilize scientific and theoretical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to develop new practice approaches reflective of the highest level of nursing practice.
- Develop care delivery approaches at the institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international level based on knowledge of the principles of business, finance, economics, and healthcare policy to improve health care outcomes for patient populations.
- Incorporate information technology within practice and healthcare and education systems to improve healthcare outcomes.
- Lead healthcare teams to create change in health care and complex healthcare delivery systems.
- Develop programmatic interventions to address health promotion/disease prevention efforts, improve health status/access patterns, and/or address gaps in care of individuals, aggregates, or populations based on the analysis of epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other appropriate scientific data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.
Application for admission to the DNP Program is made through the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School. In order to enroll students from a variety of nursing backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria will be used for consideration of acceptance:
- Graduate School Application (available and submitted online).
- Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (verified online by Graduate Admissions).
- Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on all previous graduate coursework as evidenced by official graduate transcripts.
- MSN Degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program as evidenced by official graduate transcripts.
- Certifications in practice area (if applicable).
- Verification of immunizations submitted on provided form.
- Three letters of recommendation (professional and academic) submitted on provided form.
- Validation of the number of hours of nursing practice completed post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program submitted on provided form.*
- Validation of the number of years of specialty practice experience by employment completed post-master’s (employer(s) signature submitted on provided form).**
- Current curriculum vitae.
- Written essay addressing your goals related to doctoral education in nursing, including description of a practice research interest.
- Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the state in which you reside and any other state lived in during the past ten years.
*Hours in practicum or clinical completed post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program are counted toward the requirement of 1,000 practicum hours for completion of the DNP degree. A minimum of 400 practicum hours must be completed in the DNP Program.
**Hours in supervised practice completed post-masters are counted toward the requirement of 1000 practicum hours for completion of the DNP degree. Supervised practice hours in a clinical or administrative position are calculated as 30 hours of practice for each 40 hour work week. Supervised practice hours in academia are calculated as 30 hours per week (Fall and Spring are considered to be 15 week semesters and Summer is considered to be a 10 week semester). A minimum of 400 practicum hours must be completed in the DNP Program.
Please mail the above by January 15th to:
P.O. Box 7308
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
Phone: (877) 498-4723
Upon receipt of your Application Packet and Criminal Background Check results, your documents will be reviewed by the School of Nursing Admission Committee for admission consideration. The highest qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interviews with the School of Nursing Admission Committee. Applicant folders must be complete for consideration.
NURS 700: Theoretical & Conceptual Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 hrs.)
NURS 702: Advanced Research Utilization (3 hrs.)
NURS 703: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate Analysis (3 hrs.)
NURS 704: Leadership in Development and Analysis of Health Care Policy (3 hrs.)
NURS 705: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Informatics (3 hrs.)
NURS 708: Epidemiology and Disease Control (3 hrs.)
Management and Leadership Specialty
NURS 706: Transformational Leadership in Nursing Administration (3 hrs.)
NURS 710: Advanced Healthcare Economics and Finance (3 hrs.)
NURS 707: Advanced Curriculum Theory and Development in Nursing (3 hrs.)
NURS 709: Transformational Leadership in Nursing Education (3 hrs.)
NURS 711: Professional Internship/Practice Immersion Experience (6 hrs.)
NURS 712: Capstone Project (6 hrs.)
*Students admitted to the Education Specialty without nine semester hours of Nursing Education courses or five years of experience in Nursing Education must take NURS 600 or NURS 602.
For more details on the program, please download the Information Sheet.