The online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree requires students complete 21-33 credits* via 11 courses. The online DNP program aims to produce graduates prepared to improve health and care outcomes through coursework in organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement processes, and translation of evidence into practice, to name a few.
Graduates of the online DNP program will be prepared to:
Students are required to successfully complete DNP coursework, have 1,000 documented advanced practice clinical hours (includes up to 500 clinical hours earned in master's program), produce a publishable scholarly paper, and successfully defend their DNP Project.
If a student completed fewer than 500 clinical hours in their Master’s program, the student must enroll in NURS 970, Clinical Practicum for Advanced Practice Nurse, under the supervision of the DNP director. NURS 970 is a 2-credit course and allows the student to complete up to 250 clinical practicum hours; this course may be repeated once.
DNP projects are designed in consultation with faculty and content experts during the student’s first residency. This allows DNP students to develop knowledge, skills, and strategies for a quality improvement project. Students assume the role of leader of their DNP project team in interdisciplinary collaboration, consultation, and partnership as they plan and implement their project. The DNP project proposal is approved in NURS 980, Doctoral Scholarly Project I. The project is then implemented during NURS 981, Doctoral Scholarly Project II; and evaluated and disseminated during their final course, NURS 982, Doctoral Scholarly Project III.
ADMN 912 - Organizational Behavior (3 cr)
ADMN 952 - Organizations, Leadership & Environments (3 cr)
NURS 963 - Advanced Clinical Epidemiology (3 cr)
NURS 964 - Technology and Health Care (3 cr)
NURS 967 - Evidence Synthesis (3 cr)
NURS 969 - Health Policy and Finance (3 cr)
NURS 973 - Health Care Quality (3 cr)
MATH 837 - Statistical Methods for Quality
Improvement & Design (3 cr)
NURS 980 - Doctoral Scholarly Project I (3 cr)
NURS 981 - Doctoral Scholarly Project II (3 cr)
NURS 982 - Doctoral Scholarly Project III (3 cr)
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Students may earn academic credit toward the DNP degree if they satisfactorily meet the Department of Nursing's prior educational and professional competencies and requirements. Students may request a review of their prior graduate transcripts for course equivalency. Up to 12 credits may be earned.
Credit Transfer Policy: Once admitted, students can request transfer consideration for a maximum of two non-UNH courses. Transfer Credit Requests are evaluated by the Nursing faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Nine of the 11 online Doctor of Nursing Practice courses are delivered in an 8-week term, including Doctoral Scholarly Project I. These courses are condensed and move at a faster pace than traditional full semester courses. Doctoral Scholarly Project II is delivered over a 13-week timeframe followed by a one week break. Doctoral Scholarly Project III is delivered over a 17-week timeframe.