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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:

  • Use translational science and analytic methods to develop, identify, implement and evaluate best practices.
  • Act as a practice scholar to design, direct and evaluate system changes.
  • Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice and evaluate innovative approaches to care delivery.
  • Partner with others to develop interactive inter-professional teams that communicate effectively.
  • Employ strategic leadership skills to influence health policy.
  • Translate knowledge into practice and policy to reduce health disparities.
  • Use data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate, integrate and apply knowledge.

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 Project  

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 Nursing 980, Doctoral Seminar I. The project is then implemented during Nursing 981, Doctoral Seminar II; and evaluated and disseminated during their final course, Nursing 982 Doctoral Seminar III.

DNP Courses (21-33 credits total)

Core Courses (24 credits total)

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)

 

Seminar Sequence (9 credits total)

NURS 980 - Doctoral Seminar I (3 cr)

NURS 981 - Doctoral Seminar II (3 cr)

NURS 982 - Doctoral Seminar III (3 cr)

 

View DNP course descriptions 

Academic Credit toward DNP Degree

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 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.

Sample Schedule

Nine of the 11 online Doctor of Nursing Practice courses are delivered in an 8-week term, these courses are condensed and move at a faster pace than traditional full semester courses. Two of the three seminar courses are delivered across two 8-week terms. Doctoral Seminars II and III are delivered over thirty weeks which will include a one week break for students and faculty.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester

Year 1

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • ADMN 912 - Organizational Behavior

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • NURS 973 - Health Care Quality

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • ADMN 952 - Organizations, Leadership & Environments

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • NURS 969 - Health Policy & Finance

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • NURS 963 - Adv Clinical Epidemiology

Year 2

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • NURS 964 - Technology & Health Care

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • MATH 837 - Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement & Design

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • NURS 967 - Evidence Synthesis

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • NURS 980 - Doctoral Seminar I

e-Term 5 (May - Aug)

  • NURS 981 - Doctoral Seminar II (13 weeks total)

Year 3

e-Term 1 & 2 (Aug - Dec)

  • NURS 982 - Doctoral Seminar III (17 weeks total)

 

 

 
  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester

Year 1

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • NURS 964 - Technology & Health Care

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • NURS 973 - Health Care Quality

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • NURS 963 - Adv Clinical Epidemiology

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • ADMN 912 - Organizational Behavior

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • MATH 837 - Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement & Design

Year 2

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • ADMN 952 - Organizations, Leadership & Environments

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • NURS 969 - Health Policy & Finance

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • NURS 967 - Evidence Synthesis

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • NURS 980 - Doctoral Seminar I

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • NURS 981 - Doctoral Seminar II (13 weeks total)

Year 3

e-Term 3 & 4 (Jan - May)

  • NURS 982 - Doctoral Seminar III (17 weeks total)