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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is currently under review for the 2022-2023 academic year. Approved changes will be posted as soon as available. Please check back or check in with Dr. Zuzelo, DNP Program Director at prz23@drexel.edu. We anticipate exciting changes that will provide interesting, relevant and convenient learning opportunities!

Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Drexel University is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or advanced practice nurses and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes.

Nurses graduating in Drexel's DNP program are well equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.

 

How DNP Scholars Are Prepared

The DNP program provides students with the knowledge needed to translate research into practice and advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice and leadership roles to lead healthcare innovations and influence policy. Throughout the program students develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which impact health care outcomes. This innovative program offers extensive opportunities for collaboration with a tradition of rigorous scholarship.

The objectives of this program are focused in two areas: leadership in an executive role and advanced practice role. Graduates of the DNP degree will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings.
  • Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes.
  • Use advanced communication skills - to lead quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers.
  • Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery.

Clinical Requirements

A total of 500 clinical hours are required and are built into the following courses and project:

  • NURS 830 - 125 hours
  • NURS 835 - 125 hours
  • NURS 838 - 50 hours
  • NURS 842 - 75 hours
  • NURS 843 - 125 hours

Orientation

  • Virtual DNP Orientation- First day of the fall academic term (required) Designed as an introduction to begin your academic journey, students entering the Drexel's DNP program meet in a virtual venue on the first day of the fall academic term. The required DNP Orientation is an interactive day abundant in resources and information and an opportunity to become acquainted with the Drexel team and fellow DNP-student colleagues.
    *2022 Program Entry: Fall DNP Orientation TBA

In the College of Nursing and Health Professions, students in the DNP Program are assessed student fees.

What makes the Doctor of Nursing Practice program unique?

  • Graduates are prepared for a leadership role as an executive or advanced practice nurse.
  • Students evaluate contemporary health care environments and healthcare policies.
  • You are part of the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions, a forward thinking, progressive, and interdisciplinary healthcare school.

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

State Regulations and Restrictions

Admissions Criteria

  • Current United States licensure as a registered nurse [State Regulations and Restrictions]
  • A Master's Degree in one of the following:
    • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
    • Master’s Degree in Health-Related Field*
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)*

      *If your master’s degree is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) is required.

  • Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA): 3.2 or higher
  • A graduate-level Research Methods course (grade B or higher)
  • Undergraduate or graduate-level Statistics course (grade B or higher)
  • Advanced Clinical Expert Track Applicants: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife, or Nurse Anesthetist) require APRN national certification*
    • Plan of Study Path A
      • Verification of a no fewer than 620 hours of precepted practice hours during graduate studies
    • Plan of Study Path B
      • Verification of 400 to 619 hours of precepted practice hours during graduate studies
  • Nurse Executive/Leadership Expert Track Applicants: Nurses in Advanced Leadership Roles require advanced national certification OR verification of no fewer than 400 hours of precepted practice hours during graduate studies*
    • Plan of Study Path A
      • Verification of a no fewer than 620 hours of precepted practice hours during graduate studies
    • Plan of Study Path B
      • Verification of 400 to 619 hours of precepted practice hours during graduate studies OR relevant national certification:**
      • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification
      • American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NEA)***
      • American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
  • Two electronic recommendation letters addressing your academic ability, professionalism, and practice competence from a person in a position to appraise you: specifically, a professor, employer, or professional colleague. The reference may not be from a friend, family member or workplace/organizational peer or subordinate.

    * Applicants must have no fewer than 400 hours of precepted practice hours completed during graduate studies for DNP Program admission consideration.
    ** If submitting certification for admission, submit documentation of certification or verification that you are scheduled to take one of these exams no later than August 15, 2022. Students who are scheduled to take a certification exam will be considered for conditional acceptance for the Fall quarter and will not be permitted to progress in the program until advanced certification is earned and submitted to the DNP Program Director.
    ***Applicants with leadership/administrative experience and the NE-BC certification may be considered.

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

  • A completed online application
  • Current U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure [State Regulations and Restrictions]
  • Verification of precepted clinical/practicum hours from your graduate program
  • Role specific documents:
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife, or Nurse Anesthetist): License and national certification documents
    • Advanced Roles in Nursing Administration/Leadership
    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification
    • American Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NEA)
    • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
    • Other advanced role/specialization certifications will be individually considered
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
    • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency.
    • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation that respond to your academic ability, professionalism, and practice competence from a person with a graduate degree and practicing in a position to appraise you: specifically, a professor, employer, or professional colleague. The reference may not be from a friend, family member or workplace/organizational peer or subordinate.
  • Personal statement/essay integrating responses to the following questions in 3 word-processed pages, double-spaced, 10-12 font:
    • Introduce yourself and describe the personal attributes and experiences that will promote your success in Drexel University’s online DNP program.
    • What is your area of practice interest and how do you envision the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree professionally benefitting you and the population you serve?
    • Identify a practice problem that intrigues you and discuss how you believe that the DNP program will be useful in assisting you with developing the skills and expertise needed to improve or eliminate this problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
    • You must identify your current position/job title and include a description of this role.
  • Track Request Form (Advanced Clinical Expert Track or Nurse Executive/Leadership Expert Track) with intended pathway as supported by the Verification of Precepted Clinical/ Practicum Hours form
  • Additional requirements for International Students

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

Outcomes

Graduates of the DNP degree will be prepared to:
  1. Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings.
  2. Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes.
  3. Use advanced communication skills – {using technology and informatics} to lead quality improvement and patient
  4. Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers.
  6. Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery.