Post-Masters to DNP

Post-Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice

There is a gap in nursing leadership as the healthcare industry becomes increasingly complex and reliant on technology, leading to an excellent job outlook for nurse executives during the next decade. Achieving your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree allows you to pursue advanced positions in the industry such as a clinical manager, administrator, director and policy maker among others.

The Benefits of a DNP degree at Brandman

The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions provides dynamic educational programs that focus on inquiry and innovative practices relevant to the ever-changing healthcare system. The Post Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) entry option is designed for the advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) with a Master of Science degree in nursing who is ready to complete a clinical doctorate. The Doctor of Nursing Practice takes an innovative, technology-enriched approach that develops your expert skills as a health professional that bases decisions on the best evidence available to provide patient-centered care.

Modality

Brandman's curriculum links theory and practice to promote inquiry and practice relevant to an ever changing healthcare system. The Post-Masters to DNP program is delivered using a blend of two, 3-5 day immersion sessions at the Irvine campus; internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers near your home or work; and online lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Scientific Underpinnings for Practice: Integrate nursing science with knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, ethics, and organizational sciences as the basis for advanced practice nursing and new approaches to care delivery.
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership: Create environments that support quality improvement across systems.
  • Clinical Scholarship: Create and disseminate innovations in evidence-based practice.
  • Information Systems and Patient Care Technology: Evaluate emerging technologies for their utility in advanced nursing practice.
  • Health Care Policy:  Evaluate health policy and advocate for patients and the discipline.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration: Create collaborative interprofessional relationships to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health: Evaluate the social, cultural, and environmental dimensions of population health in practice patterns/systems.
  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Independently assess, diagnose, treat, and manage undifferentiated patients.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Three recommendation forms
    • Current and detailed resume or curriculum vitae
    • Self evaluation
    • Goal statement
  1. Personal interview as needed

Entry Options

  • Option 1: For the APRN (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, certified nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) who has Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking Doctoral degree.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program
  • Option 2: For the APRN (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, certified nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) who has Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking Doctoral degree and one of our five specialties.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program and identify the specialty of interest
  • Option 3: RN with Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, seeking Clinical Doctoral degree w/specialties:
    • Apply To: Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Specialties
  • Option 4: RN with Master of Science Degree in Nursing who is not an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, seeking Doctoral degree and move into Advanced Practice in one of our five specialties.
    • Applicants are interviewed by the specialty Program Director for approval prior to admission

The following is only required for Post Masters (PM) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

  1. Master of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program with Advanced Practice Specialty [Nurse Practitioner (NP) Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)].
  2. Unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  3. Unencumbered APRN license in state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  4. UnencumberedAPRN license is not required of CNS or other APRN if license is not required by their state to practice, or if in the process of taking national certification exam in specialty.

Degree Requirements (73 Credits)
To be awarded the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree, students may transfer a maximum of 40 hours from the MSN degree, and must take a minimum of 33 credit hours in residence, which includes 510 clinical residency hours for the clinical scholarly project at Brandman University. This program is designed to follow the guidelines and DNP essentials as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006). All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher. Clinical courses are graded Pass/No Pass. A Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

PM-DNP Core Courses:

DNPU 700 Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery 3
*DNPU 701 Biostatistics for Clinical Practice 3
DNPU 702 Innovations in Technology and Information Access 3
DNPU 703 Leading Through Innovation 3
*DNPU 704 Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice III 3
DNPU 705 Health Communication 3
DNPU 706 Transforming Healthcare Through Outcomes Management 3
DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (225 hours) 3
**DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project 3
DNPU 709 Clinical Residency II for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (225 hours) 3
DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice 3

 

Total Core Course Credits in Post Masters-DNP Program 33
Transfer from Masters of Science Degree 40
Total Credits for the DNP 73

* Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face immersion on the Irvine campus. 

** If a student does not complete his/her clinical scholarly project during the core course sessions, he/she will be enrolled in a DNPU 799 Independent Practicum for DNP CSP Completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Candidacy Fee per session until the DNP CSP student receives a “P” in DNPU 708 or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.

Some programs available to California residents only
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