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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Completion in as few as 24 months  |  Credit hours: 48 Tuition and fees: $25,236

An alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, the DNP from the University of North Florida prepares nurses with the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes. No dissertation is required; however, a thoughtful evidence-based project is required for completion of the degree. Students will work independently with their project committee to develop, implement and evaluate the selected project.

What you'll gain:

  • Faculty mentoring and flexibility in doctoral project choices.
  • An evidenced-based practicum in your practice setting.
  • A CCNE-accredited program from a nationally recognized university.

This fully online, flexible and prestigious program from UNF will give post-masters, advanced practice nurses holding an M.S. in Nursing the chance to elevate their careers and work within their current jobs to promote meaningful, evidence-based change.

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Courses

Global Health Care and Culture
NGR6894

Credit Hours: 3

In this course, concepts associated with cultural diversity related to matters of health and illness and will be considered. Examples of variations both within and outside of the western viewpoint will be examined. This will be accomplished through conducting cultural assessments and demonstrating how the results of these assessments can be applied, in evidence based manner, to advanced practice.
Role Development in Advanced Practice Nursing
NGR7768

Credit Hours: 3

In this seminar course issues associated with advanced practice nursing as they develop and implement evidence-based practice are analyzed. The roles as a practitioner, administrator and/or educator are further explored. Emphasis is on developing effective communication and collaborative skills for the development and implementation of inter-professional/teams, practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, standards of care, and/or scholarly endeavors. Prerequisites: Admission to the DNP Program or Permission of the Instructor.
Health Informatics for Advanced Practice
NGR7871

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with an overview of informatics and the theoretical foundation for information management within the health care setting. The impact of automated data management through advances in information technology, health care information systems, and tele-health are explored. During the course students explore informatics theory and practices as a foundation for the development of databases for evidence based practices. Related ethical, regulatory and legal issues are explored. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP Program or Permission of Instructor.
Principles of Epidemiology for Advanced Practice
NGR6673

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the potential influence of advanced practice nurses upon factors affecting the health and illness of populations, and serves as the foundation and logic of evidenced based interventions made in the interest of health and safety. Topics include causal inference, measures of effect and association, and types of studies used to examine health concerns. Prerequisites: None.
Statistical Interpretation for Advanced Practice
NGR7843

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the use and interpretation of statistical methods commonly used in health care studies. The advantages and disadvantages of specific techniques will be considered along with various examples of computer-based statistical packages. Particular attention is paid to inferential methods used to evaluate the strength of evidence claimed to support particular interventions. Prerequisites: Previous statistics and graduate research courses.
Public Policy Implications for Advanced Practice
NGR6892

Credit Hours: 3

This course deals with the shifting paradigms of health care policy. The origins of policy created through legislative and administrative action will be considered. Strategies for policy creation, implementation, evaluation and change will be examined from the viewpoint of advanced practice nursing. Prerequisites: None.
Evidence Based Practice I
NGR7850

Credit Hours: 3

In this course students use analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice. The student will begin to apply relevant findings to develop and analyze clinical practice guidelines and improve practice and the practice environment. Critical appraisal techniques will be used to review meta-analysis, qualitative meta-synthesis, and qualitative secondary analysis to prepare evidence tables. The main outcome of the course is the application of clinical and scientific knowledge to solve a practice problem. Prerequisites: NGR7797, NGR7871, NGR6673 or HSC6505, NGR7843 or HSC6512, NGR6892 or HSA6905. Co-requisites: HSC6505 and HSC6512.
Evidence Based Practice II
NGR7851

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a continuation of EBP I in which students develop and test methods to measure outcomes and develop benchmarks. The main outcome of the course is the design of primary research to address factors within the health care system and/or the individual that are associated with evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and quality improvement processes. Prerequisites: Admission DNP Program or Permission Instructor, NGR7850.
Residency in Advanced Practice Nursing
NGR7946

Credit Hours: 3-9

This is a clinically based practicum course. Doctoral students will, with advisor approval, construct a learning contract that will detail the acquisition of a new or higher level of clinical skill for which they were not fully prepared at the master’s level. Skills acquisition will be conducted under the direction of a qualified expert preceptor. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP program or permission of instructor.
Doctoral Project
NGR7974

Credit Hours: 1-6

In this course the doctoral student will identify, with advisor approval, a problem or question that requires a change in health care or educational services, clinical practices and/or policies that might be addressed in a particular leadership role. This problem should have relevance to current and emerging health care or educational issues. The result of the project will be a scholarly work, written at a doctoral level of complexity, dealing with the results of the evidence-based analysis of the service, practice or policy examined. The analysis will be framed against national benchmarks to determine variances in practice outcomes and population trends. Focus is on dissemination of evaluative outcomes and implications for clinical practice to improve practice or patient outcomes. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP program or permission of instructor.
Quality Management for Advanced Nursing Practice
NGR6726

Credit Hours: 3

The process of quality management in health care as it pertains to chief nurse administrators is analyzed in this course. The focus is continuous quality improvement with emphasis on implementation and evaluation. Differences between quality assurance and quality management will be discussed. Accreditation guidelines will be examined in relation to their impact on health care systems. Evidence-based practices will be reviewed as means for continuous quality management experience. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP program or permission of instructor.
Health Economics
HSA6435

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines supply and demand factors, financing of care, efficiency, and cost of delivery as related to the health care system. Special attention will be given to physician and hospital reimbursement and behavior, competition and rationing as mechanisms for controlling expenditures. Prerequisites: None.
Advanced Pharmacologic Management
NGR7179

Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course is on the clinical application of advanced pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan. Emphasis is on identification and evaluation of the latest evidence as a basis for pharmacologic management of health and illness in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner. The principles of altered pharmacodynamics relative to age, race and ethnic groups are analyzed. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP Program or Permission of Instructor.
Advanced Bioscience
NGR7154

Credit Hours: 3

This course synthesizes concepts of anatomy, pathophysiology, genetics and therapeutics to present a more complete understanding of disease processes. Emphasis is on disorders of the cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, respiratory and digestive systems and their application to clinical practice. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP Program or Permission of Instructor.
Practice Management in Advanced Nursing and Healthcare
NGR7767

Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course is on analysis of factors affecting the development and sustainability of practice settings. Emphasis is on evaluation of a variety of business practice models while examining reimbursement, privileging, contracting and human resource management. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP Program or Permission of Instructor.

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