Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program

Designed for Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Program Overview

Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chamberlain gives you more than the credential. It provides the knowledge and confidence to help transform healthcare where you have the power to influence it the most.

You’ll benefit from a practice-focused curriculum that puts knowledge into action and is taught by highly-esteemed faculty who are experts in the field.

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Curriculum

What will I learn?

Chamberlain’s DNP curriculum helps you develop and advance your practice to new levels. As a graduate, you will be prepared to work in leadership roles in a variety of healthcare delivery settings leading patient care services that result in quality improvement and patient safety.

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Faculty Support

Faculty provide guidance and support from your first course and throughout your project and practicum experience.

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Advance Your Practice

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to identify, research, design and implement a practice or system change project.

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Four-Part Practicum Experience

Complete the customized practicum experience in your area of practice and interest at a location of your choice.

Practice-Focused Curriculum

Chamberlain’s DNP curriculum is grounded in eight essentials outlined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing document, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials).1 Input from key constituencies, and several national documents and data are also incorporated into the program. These include, but are not limited to, the Institute of Medicine, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses and other national initiatives focusing on change and transformation to promote patient safety, nurse vitality and quality care outcomes in a culturally diverse society.

Chamberlain’s DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track is designed for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing, and requires completion of 32 to 40 credit hours and a total of 1,024 post-baccalaureate practicum hours. You can expect to complete two courses per semester over a total of six semesters.

1. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPEssentials.pdf

Healthcare Systems Leadership Specialty Track

  • DNP Project & Practicum I
  • DNP Project & Practicum II
  • DNP Project & Practicum III
  • DNP Project & Practicum IV
  • Fiscal Analysis and Project Management
  • Application of Analytic Methods II

DNP Core Curriculum

Scientific Underpinnings
Application of Analytic Methods
Applied Organizational & Leadership Concepts
Concepts in Population Health Outcomes
Healthcare Informatics & Information Systems
Health Policy

One-on-one Support

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DNP Course and Resource FAQs

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Classes begin every 8 weeks.

Admissions representatives can answer your questions, tell you more about financial aid and scholarships, and discuss with you how this option might fit into your life. Request more information or call 877.751.5783.

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Admissions

How do I get in?

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The DNP program enrolls new students six times per year. The college looks for candidates with the following qualifications for the DNP online degree program:

  • A degree in nursing at the master’s level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the College.
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0 from the master’s level or higher degree in nursing.
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language, and applicants whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English-language proficiency.*

Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call 877.751.578 to speak to a representative or request more information.

*Degrees obtained from non-U.S. schools will be considered based on evaluation of transcripts by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) approved evaluating agency.

Tuition & Expenses

What types of financial assistance are available?

DNP Degree Program Costs

Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.

 DNP Expenses – Effective November 2016
 Application Fee $60
 Tuition $750 per credit hour
 Background Check/Drug Screening $150
 Student Services $600 per session
 Course Resource Fee  $50 per course
 Books & Supplies $75 per session
 Military Rate* $635 per credit hour
 Alumni Rate $635 per credit hour

Costs subject to change each session and vary by individual circumstances.

*Military rate is defined as active duty, veterans, retired military, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs employees and spouses of active duty/veteran/retired military.


Financial Aid Options

Chamberlain’s DNP degree program can help prepare you for expanded roles within your organization. Chamberlain proudly partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges, associations and organizations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses.

See if your institution has partnered with Chamberlain, which may provide you with a group-specific tuition rate. We also offer a scholarship to DAISY Honoree Award recipients.


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Our Faculty

Get to know our DNP faculty

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    Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program
    JoAnn Trybulski PhD, ARNP, FNAP
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    Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program
    JoAnn Trybulski, PhD, ARNP, FNAP

    Dr. JoAnn Trybulski serves as director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 35 years of combined clinical nursing, leadership, management and instruction experience to her role.

    Dr. Trybulski most recently served as chief nursing officer at University of Miami Hospital, where she instituted innovations for bedside nursing practice and successfully implemented patient care technology systems. Her prior experience in academia includes roles as associate dean and professor for DNP and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs at University of Miami. Dr. Trybulski also served as assistant chief of nursing for Harvard Community Health Plan and held nurse practitioner roles in internal medicine, occupational health and urgent care practice settings.

    Dr. Trybulski has co-edited four editions of the book Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice, which won two American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. In addition, she has written articles on the topics of clinical simulation in nursing and women’s health. Dr. Trybulski has also contributed to many book chapters highlighting topics such as cardiac diagnostic testing, routine health screenings and immunizations and provider/patient relationships.

    Dr. Trybulski is a member of the Florida Board of Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fordham University, MSN from Simmons College and Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from Boston College.

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    Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Janice Unruh Davidson PhD, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP
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    Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Janice Unruh Davidson, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP

    Dr. Janice Unruh Davidson is a professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a nationally- recognized Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellow. With nearly 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Davidson holds national board certification as a nurse informaticist, family nurse practitioner, nurse executive advanced and nurse educator. Her research has been presented in over 100 venues globally, and she has authored more than 40 publications including refereed journal manuscripts, book chapters, administrative studies, monographs and multimedia contributions. Her works have been further cited in more than 30 national and international publications.

    Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Davidson served as graduate nursing core coordinator at Walden University. Her previous experience includes tenured academic and administrative leadership positions at Mississippi University for Women, Fort Hays State University and Bethel College. Since 2006, Dr. Davidson has concurrently owned and operated consulting firms that specialize in healthcare research, informatics, statistical analysis and market research, for which she was recognized in 2010 among the American Business Women’s Association Top Ten Women in U.S. Business. She has received over $320,000 in funding from extramural and internal grant competitions and is certified by the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia as a comprehensive systematic reviewer (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Economic) and in evidence-based quality improvement. Dr. Davidson is an emeritus fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing program (LANP). She is also a 2014 recipient of the DAISY faculty award.

    Dr. Davidson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Wichita State University. As an academic and career advisor, Dr. Davidson has directed over 100 doctoral dissertations, theses, and graduate evidence- and graduate evidence based practice-change projects in nursing.

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    Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Douglas Turner PhD, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
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    Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Douglas Turner, PhD, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC

    Dr. Douglas Turner is a professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. He was previously dean of online pre-licensure programs at Chamberlain.

    Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Turner was director of the Associate Degree Nursing program at Carrington College. His three decades of experience also include healthcare and nursing faculty roles at Kaplan University, Touro University Nevada, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Forsyth Technical Community College.

    Dr. Turner is a member of the National League for Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and Elsevier Testing and Research Advisory Board. He has authored more than 40 professional research papers and publications.

    Dr. Turner is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and recently earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in international health from Touro University International; Master of Science in Nursing degrees from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of Virginia; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of New York at Albany.

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    Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Patricia Fedorka PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE
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    Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE

    Dr. Patricia Fedorka is a professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to joining Chamberlain, she was an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Robert Morris University and concurrently a part-time staff nurse in labor and delivery within the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh. Her previous experience includes more than 20 years as an instructor and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

    For more than two decades, Dr. Fedorka has been a member of the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, for which she serves as a member of the national committee and is an editorial reviewer for its publication, Nursing for Women’s Health.

    Dr. Fedorka is a certified nurse educator and is certified in inpatient obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in education and a Master of Public Health in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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    Associate Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Jill Walsh DNP, RN, CEN, NEA-BC
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    Associate Professor, DNP Degree Program
    Jill Walsh, DNP, RN, CEN, NEA-BC

    Dr. Jill Walsh is an associate professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 35 years of clinical and academic experience to the position.

    Previously, Dr. Walsh was the practice manager of accreditation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In this role, she served as the lead nurse planner and managed unit operations to ensure compliance with accreditation standards and quality of professional development programs. Dr. Walsh previously worked at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) as the chief nursing officer. In this role, she provided leadership and oversight for the ENA’s Institute for Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention, Institute for Emergency Nursing Research and Departments of Education Development and Delivery. She began her career as an emergency department staff nurse at Muhlenberg Hospital and has since held leadership positions in emergency care and nursing education, including director of nursing education and quality at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. She has experience leading organizational culture change initiatives, including the magnet journey at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and many years of teaching experience.

    Dr. Walsh is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and has been published in Journal of Emergency Nursing, Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and Emergency Medical Services. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association, American Nurses Association, Association Forum and Emergency Nurses Association.

    Dr. Walsh earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an emergency nursing specialization from Rush University and a DNP degree from Rush University. She also holds a graduate certificate in managed care from Benedictine University and is certified as an emergency nurse.

Accreditation

Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791).

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At this time, Chamberlain College of Nursing cannot accept inquiries from the states of North Carolina or Washington for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track.

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