Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Focus

The DNP prepares advanced practice nurses who demonstrate clinical expertise, judgment, scholarship, and leadership to provide the highest level of nursing practice in the primary health care setting.

DNP (Family/Individual) Educational Objectives

  1. Integrate nursing science and theory, biophysical, psychosocial, ethical, analytical, and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Analyze complex health care systems to assess strengths and weaknesses and facilitate organization-wide changes in practice delivery.
  3. Synthesize, interpret, and apply knowledge from nursing practice, research, theory, and informatics to evaluate outcomes and sustain evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
  4. Advocate for health care policy addressing issues of social justice and equality in the delivery of advanced practice nursing services.
  5. Enact leadership and effective communication in inter- and intra-professional collaborator relationships to facilitate and improve outcomes for individuals, populations, and health care systems.
  6. Assess epidemiological, financial, sociopolitical, occupational, and organizational forces in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health.
  7. Integrate professional standards, values, accountability, and ongoing self-reflection into role acquisition as an advanced practice nurse.
  8. Influence health outcomes by providing advanced independent comprehensive health care services including health promotion and counseling, health assessment and diagnosis, disease prevention, and management of health and illness of individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

BSN to DNP (Family/Individual) 3 Year Program of Study

see http://www.montana.edu/nursing/academic/fnp.htm for the 4 Year Program of Study

Year 1Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 601 - Advanced Health Assessment3    
NRSG 602 - Adv Physio/Pathophysiology4    
NRSG 604 - Evidence Based Practice I4    
NRSG 606 - Statistical Applications2    
NRSG 603 - Advanced Pharmacology I  2  
NRSG 605 - Evidence Based Practice II  3  
NRSG 607 - Diagnostic Reasoning  3  
NRSG 608 - Design H C Delivery Systems  3  
NRSG 609 - Adv Practice Nrsg Ldrshp    2
NRSG 620 - Adv Pharm II    3
NRSG 621 - Advanced Clinical I-FI    6
Year Total: 13 11 11
Year 2Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 610 - Health Care Informatics3    
NRSG 622 - Advanced Clinical II Primary Care for Midlife Families6    
NRSG 674 - DNP Scholarly Project Seminar2    
NRSG 611 - Program Planning & Evaluation, Outcomes, & Quality Improvement  3  
NRSG 612 - Ethics, Law, and Policy for Advocacy in Healthcare  3  
NRSG 613 - Finance & Budget H C Systems  2  
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project  2  
NRSG 623 - Advanced Clinical III Primary Care for Aging Families    6
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project    2
Year Total: 11 10 8
Year 3Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 614 - Vulnerability and Health Care in Diverse Communities4    
NRSG 615 - Translational Research Adv Pra3    
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project2    
NRSG 624 - Advanced Clinical IV (NP, Family/Individual) Primary Care Clinical Preceptorship  7  
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project  3  
Year Total: 9 10  
Total Program Credits: 83

Total Clinical Hours: 1125 (25 cr x 3 = 75 x 15 wks = 1125)


DNP (Psych/Mental Health) Educational Objectives

  1. Integrate nursing science and theory, biophysical, psychosocial, ethical, analytical, and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Analyze complex health care system to assess strengths and weaknesses to facilitate organization-wide changes in practice delivery.
  3. Synthesize, interpret, and apply knowledge from nursing practice, research, theory, and informatics to evaluate outcomes and sustain evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
  4. Advocate for health care policy addressing issues of social justice and equality in the delivery of advanced practice nursing services.
  5. Enact leadership and effective communication in inter- and intra-professional collaborator relationships to facilitate and improve outcomes for individuals, populations, and health care systems.
  6. Assess epidemiological, financial, sociopolitical, occupational, and organizational forces in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health.
  7. Integrate professional standards, values, accountability, and ongoing self-reflection into role acquisition as an advanced practice nurse.
  8. Influences health outcomes by providing advanced independent comprehensive health care services including health promotion and counseling, health assessment and diagnosis, and disease prevention and management of health and illness of individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

BSN to DNP (NP, Psych/Mental Health) 3-Year Program of Study 

see http://www.montana.edu/nursing/academic/fpmhnp.htm for the 4 Year Program of Study

Year 1Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 601 - Advanced Health Assessment3    
NRSG 602 - Adv Physio/Pathophysiology4    
NRSG 604 - Evidence Based Practice I4    
NRSG 606 - Statistical Applications2    
NRSG 603 - Advanced Pharmacology I  2  
NRSG 605 - Evidence Based Practice II  3  
NRSG 607 - Diagnostic Reasoning  3  
NRSG 608 - Design H C Delivery Systems  3  
NRSG 609 - Adv Practice Nrsg Ldrshp    2
NRSG 630 - Adv Psychopharm II    3
NRSG 631 - Advanced Clinical I – Psych/Mental Health    6
Year Total: 13 11 11
Year 2Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 610 - Health Care Informatics3    
NRSG 632 - Advanced Clinical II: Psychotherapeutic Modalities6    
NRSG 674 - DNP Scholarly Project Seminar2    
NRSG 611 - Program Planning & Evaluation, Outcomes, & Quality Improvement  3  
NRSG 612 - Ethics, Law, and Policy for Advocacy in Healthcare  3  
NRSG 613 - Finance & Budget H C Systems  2  
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project  2  
NRSG 633 - Advanced Clinical III, Psych/Mental Health    6
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project    2
Year Total: 11 10 8
Year 3Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 614 - Vulnerability and Health Care in Diverse Communities4    
NRSG 615 - Translational Research Adv Pra3    
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project2    
NRSG 634 -
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project  3  
Year Total: 9 3  
Total Program Credits: 76

Total Clinical Hours: 1125 (25 cr x 3 = 75 x 15 wks = 1125)


MN to DNP Program of Study*

Year 1Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 604 - Evidence Based Practice I4    
NRSG 606 - Statistical Applications2    
NRSG 610 - Health Care Informatics3    
NRSG 605 - Evidence Based Practice II  3  
NRSG 608 - Design H C Delivery Systems  3  
NRSG 609 - Adv Practice Nrsg Ldrshp    2
Year Total: 9 6 2
Year 2Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 615 - Translational Research Adv Pra3    
NRSG 674 - DNP Scholarly Project Seminar (1 lec; 1 clinical lab)2    
NRSG 611 - Program Planning & Evaluation, Outcomes, & Quality Improvement  3  
NRSG 612 - Ethics, Law, and Policy for Advocacy in Healthcare  3  
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project (1 lec; 1 clinical lab)  2  
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project (1 lec; 1 clinical lab)    2
Year Total: 5 8 2
Year 3Credits
FallSpringSummer
NRSG 614 - Vulnerability and Health Care in Diverse Communities (2 lec; 1 clinical lab)4    
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project (1 lec; 1 clinical lab)2    
NRSG 675 - Professional Paper and Project (3 clinical lab)  3  
Year Total: 6 3  
Total Program Credits: 41

Total Clinical Hours: 405 (9 cr x 3 = 27 x 15 wks = 405)

*

Required for students with a Masters Degree (MN) from Montana State University and certified as a FNP or FPMHNP; transcriptions of graduates from other FNP, FPMHNP, and psychiatric CNS programs will be reviewed and programs of study developed individually.


Scholarship

Each student completes a scholarly project developed in collaboration with a faculty advisor and committee. Examples of exciting and innovative student projects include: development of mental health outreach programs to the rural elderly; examination of alternative health practices for healing; establishment of pediatric cancer support groups for the rural client; and development of a school based clinic. A comprehensive exam (written and oral components) and oral defense of the scholarly project is required for DNP students.