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DNP Student

Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP

Projected Curriculum

Whether you have achieved a master’s degree or are pursuing your DNP after completing your BSN, your DNP curriculum will be based on your status as you enter the program and the concentration options you choose.

Post-Masters Students

The DNP program offers No Concentration and Nurse Executive Leadership options for post-master’s students. Post-master’s APRN students are required to complete 33 credit hours over six semesters. Students in the Nurse Executive Leadership track complete 36 to 39 credits over seven semesters. The anticipated coursework is listed below. All didactic coursework is completed online.

YEAR 1
Summer 1 
  • NURS 737 - Foundations for DNP Development
  • NURS 808 - Advance Nursing in Population Health
Fall 1 
  • NURS 780 - Organizational Theories and Systems in Healthcare 
  • NURS 817 - Application of Statistics for Evidence Based Nursing Practice
Spring 1 
  • NURS 781 - Applied Technology in Health Care 
  • NURS 819 - Evidence and Nursing Practice
YEAR 2
Summer 2 
  • NURS 805 - Advanced Nursing Leadership
  • NURS 783 - Clinical Project Immersion & Proposal Development*
Fall 2
  • NURS 779 - Health Politics*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 
Spring 2
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 

Total program - 33 credit hours
*Course requires clinical hours (direct or indirect)
Total program clinical hours determine by GAP Analysis of MSN work after admission

YEAR 1
Summer 1 
  • NURS 737 - Foundations for DNP Development
  • NURS 808 - Advance Nursing in Population Health
Fall 1 
  • NURS 780 - Organizational Theories and Systems in Healthcare 
  • NURS 817 - Application of Statistics for Evidence Based Nursing Practice 
Spring 1 
  • NURS 781 - Applied Technology in Health Care 
  • NURS 819 - Evidence and Nursing Practice 
YEAR 2
Summer 2 
  • NURS 806 - Nurse Executive Leadership I* 
  • NURS 809 - Advanced Healthcare Financing (may take NURS 738 - Financing of Health Care if needed here)
Fall 2
  • NURS 779 - Health Politics*
  • NURS 807 - Nurse Executive Leadership II*
Spring 2
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 
YEAR 3
Summer 3
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* (move NURS 809 here if 738 needed)

Total program - 36-39 credit hours
*Course requires clinical hours (direct or indirect)
Total program clinical hours determine by GAP Analysis of MSN work after admission

 

BSN to DNP Students

The BSN to DNP degree with AGACNP, FNP or PMHNP clinical concentrations will begin to accept applications for the Summer 2020 cohort from Aug. 1 through Nov. 1. BSN-entry students will also be eligible to apply for the Nurse Executive Leadership program (projected curriculum below).

Full-time (projected curriculum below) and part-time plans of study will be available. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Summer start full-time (9 semesters)
YEAR 1
Summer 1 
  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis 
  • NURS 737 - Foundations for DNP Development
Fall 1
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses 
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
  • NURS 808 - Advance Nursing in Population Health
Spring 1
  • NURS 702 - Pharmacologic Management of Pediatric, Adult, and Gerontological Patients Across the Healthcare Delivery Continuum
  • NURS 780 - Organizational Theories and Systems in Healthcare 
  • NURS 817 - Application of Statistics for Evidence Based Nursing Practice 
YEAR 2
Summer 2
  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
  • NURS 781 - Applied Technology in Health Care 
  • NURS 819 - Evidence and Nursing Practice 
Fall 2
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities 
  • NURS 783 - Clinical Project Immersion and Proposal Development*
  • NURS 805 - Advanced Nursing Leadership
Spring 2
  • NURS 772 – Introduction of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems 
  • NURS 779 - Health Politics*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation*
YEAR 3
Summer 3
  • NURS 773 - Principles of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems I*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 
Fall 3
  • NURS 774 - Principles of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Complex Health Problems II*+
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation*
Spring 3
  • NURS 778  - Advanced Practice Role: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)*
  • NURS 778A -  Practicum of Advanced Practice Role: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)*

Total program - 73 credit hours
*Course requires clinical hours, minimum of 1000 clinical hours
+On campus immersion 

The BSN to DNP program can also be completed on a part-time basis (6 credits per semester).  It will take students 12 semesters to complete this option.

Summer start full-time (9 semesters)
YEAR 1
Summer 1 
  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis 
  • NURS 737 - Foundations for DNP Development
Fall 1
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses 
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
  • NURS 808 - Advance Nursing in Population Health
Spring 1
  • NURS 702 - Pharmacologic Management of Pediatric, Adult, and Gerontological Patients Across the Healthcare Delivery Continuum
  • NURS 780 - Organizational Theories and Systems in Healthcare 
  • NURS 817 - Application of Statistics for Evidence Based Nursing Practice
YEAR 2
Summer 2
  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
  • NURS 781 - Applied Technology in Health Care 
  • NURS 819 - Evidence and Nursing Practice
Fall 2
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities 
  • NURS 783 - Clinical Project Immersion and Proposal Development*
  • NURS 805 - Advanced Nursing Leadership 
Spring 2
  • NURS 756 – Advanced Primary Care of Children for the FNP 
  • NURS 757 – Advanced Primary Care of Women for the FNP+
  • NURS 779 - Health Politics*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 
YEAR 3
Summer 3
  • NURS 758 - Acute Problems in Primary Care for the FNP*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation*
Fall 3
  • NURS 759 - Management of Common Chronic Health Problems for the FNP*+
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation*
Spring 3
  • NURS 760 - Family Nurse Practitioner Legal, Ethical, and Role Transition 
  • NURS 760A - Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum*

Total program - 74 credit hours
*Course requires clinical hours, minimum of 1000 clinical hours
+On campus immersion 

The BSN to DNP program can also be completed on a part-time basis (6 credits per semester).  It will take students 12 semesters to complete this option.

Summer start full-time (9 semesters)
YEAR 1
Summer 1 
  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis 
  • NURS 737 - Foundations for DNP Development
Fall 1
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses 
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
  • NURS 808 - Advance Nursing in Population Health
Spring 1
  • NURS 702 - Pharmacologic Management of Pediatric, Adult, and Gerontological Patients Across the Healthcare Delivery Continuum 
  • NURS 780 - Organizational Theories and Systems in Healthcare
  • NURS 817 - Application of Statistics for Evidence Based Nursing Practice 
YEAR 2
Summer 2 
  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
  • NURS 781 - Applied Technology in Health Care 
  • NURS 819 - Evidence and Nursing Practice 
Fall 2
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities 
  • NURS 783 - Clinical Project Immersion and Proposal Development*
  • NURS 805 - Advanced Nursing Leadership 
Spring 2
  • NURS 761 - Neuroscientific Basis for Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological Treatments for Psychiatric Conditions 
  • NURS 779 - Health Politics*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation*
YEAR 3
Summer 3 
  • NURS 763 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum I: Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 
Fall 3
  • NURS 764 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum II: Management of Complex Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions*
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation*
Spring 3
  • NURS 768 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Legal, Ethical, and Role Transition 
  • NURS 768A - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum III: Role Development*

Total program - 74 credit hours
*Course requires clinical hours, minimum of 1000 clinical hours

The BSN to DNP program can also be completed on a part-time basis (6 credits per semester).  It will take students 12 semesters to complete this option.

Summer start full-time (8 semesters)
YEAR 1
Summer 1 
  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management 
  • NURS 734 – Conceptual Basis of Health Systems
  • NURS 737 - Foundations for DNP Development
Fall 1
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis 
  • NURS 740 - Facilitative Processes in Nursing Administration
  • NURS 808 - Advance Nursing in Population Health 
Spring 1 
  • NURS 741 - Coordinating Processes in Nursing Administration*
  • NURS 780 - Organizational Theories and Systems in Healthcare 
  • NURS 817 - Application of Statistics for Evidence Based Nursing Practice
YEAR 2
Summer 2
  • NURS 742 - Integrative Processes in Nursing Administration*
  • NURS 781 - Applied Technology in Health Care 
  • NURS 819 - Evidence and Nursing Practice
Fall 2
  • NURS 738 - Financing of Health Care
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
  • NURS 806 - Nurse Executive Leadership I*
Spring 2
  • NURS 779 - Health Politics*
  • NURS 807 - Nurse Executive Leadership II*
YEAR 3
Summer 3
  • NURS 809 - Advanced Healthcare Financing
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 
Fall 3
  • NURS 897 - DNP Project Preparation* 

Total program - 74 credit hours
*Course requires clinical hours, minimum of 1000 clinical hours

The BSN to DNP program can also be completed on a part-time basis (6 credits per semester).  It will take students 12 semesters to complete this option.

 

DNP Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the University of South Carolina is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2024. We also meet the standards for American Nurses Association Credentialing Center, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.


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