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The Graduate School Madonna University
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Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
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DNP Nursing Practice Plan of Study

DNP Nursing Practice
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DNP Nursing Practice


   Program Requirements (38 cr. to be chosen)

      NUR 7000   Advanced Scientific Perspectives Informing Nursing Practice 3 cr.  NUR 7000 builds upon an introductory knowledge of nursing theory and the ability to analyze and evaluate the utility of selected theoretical models within nursing and other disciplines. This course integrates nursing science with knowledge from the biophysical, social, and organizational sciences as the basis for doctoral-level advanced nursing practice. Students will critically evaluate, compare, and contrast relevant theoretical approaches for their utlity in advanced nursing practice in their area of interest/expertise. Using theory as a guide, students will develop their theoretical model for clinical practice and demonstrate how that model can be used to design clinically relevant strategies aimed at improving health and/or health care in deverse settings. 
      NUR 7110   Ethics Informing Health Care 2 cr.  Integrate nursing science with knowledge from relevant theories of ethics to inform practice, research, and policy. Evaluate ethical models and their potential impact on health care outcomes. UDM equivalent: ETH 7010, Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice, 3 cr. 
      NUR 7120   Policy Advocacy in Health Care 2 cr.  Critically analyze health policy proposals, health policies, services, and related issues from the perspective of consumers, nursing, other health professions, and other stakeholders in the policy development process. Through synthesis and integration, propose and advocate for health care policies that address issues of social justice and equity in the delivery of health care at all levels in health care. 
      NUR 7290   Quality Improvement Methods to Maximize Health Care 3 cr.  The design, application, and evaluation of quality improvement theories, methods, and outcomes used to promote the delivery of quality and safe patient centered care. Methodological strategies derived from quality improvement models are presented with the expectation that the student will use analytical methods within an evidence-based practice. Students explore economic, health policy, and standards of care concepts that influence practice. 
      NUR 7300   Transformative and Collaborative Leadership for Promoting Innovation 4 cr.  Collaborative leadership responsibilities for the promotion of change and innovation by nurses in advanced roles within health care organizations. Critical topics from business and economic sciences related to the promotion of innovations to transform practice/service delivery, improve outcomes, and ensure safety are explored. Emphasis is placed on organizational culture, change, and collaborative goal achievement to assure accountability for patient safety. 
      NUR 7430   Concepts and Methods of Health Care Informatics and Data Mining 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 4 cr.)  The application and utilization of nursing and health information systems and technology to discover meaning from existing data sets to improve health outcomes. Students may take the full 4 cr. in one semester or take separate 1-credit and 3-credit modules. The degree requirement is 4 cr. 
      NUR 7890   Analytic Methods for Evaluation of Clinical Practice 4 cr.  Quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and models for the evaluation of clinical practices. Students use analytical methods to evaluate evidence-based practices in order to translate research into health care decision-making. Prerequisite: a course in basic inferential statistics within the last five years. 
      NUR 8700   DNP Practicum 4 cr.  The integration of advanced knowledge related to organizational systems, clinical prevention or population health, mentoring, and reflective practice within the DNP practicum. Synthesis of conceptual, analytical, collaborative, and financial competencies are addressed. Students actively participate in innovative, scholarly interprofessional practicum activities to promote excellence in practice as a DNP leader. Prerequisites: NUR 7000, NUR 7110, NUR 7290, NUR 7300. 
      NUR 8950   Planning and Designing a DNP Capstone Project 2 cr.  Analysis of models of scholarship appropriate for pursuit within practice doctorates and trends in DNP-level scholarship. Students synthesize relevant evidence related to their DNP project focus and prepare a draft outline of an initial DNP project prospectus, including a proposed timeline and budget. Prerequisites: NUR 7000; NUR 7110; NUR 7290; NUR 7300; NUR 7430; NUR 7890; DNP Project Committee Chair designated. 
      NUR 8990   DNP Capstone Project 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 4 cr.)  Degree requirement is a minimum 4 cr. in the project but some students may need to register for additional credits. See the Graduate Nursing Handbook for a full discussion. Conduct an evidence-based outcome project within a particular practice setting. Students incorporate advanced clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and analytic and collaborative competencies throughout planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of the project. Prerequisite for final 2 semester hours: all other DNP courses except electives. Student must have the approval of the Capstone Project Advisor for each semester's registration. 

      Electives (6 cr. to be chosen)

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