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.
The 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.
Chamberlain’s DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track is designed for RNs and APRNs with a master’s degree in nursing, and requires completion of 32 to 40 credit hours and a total of 1000 post-baccalaureate practicum hours. You can expect to complete two courses per semester over a total of six semesters.
Throughout the program, you will put your learning into practice during a project and practicum experience. You will work closely with a practicum coordinator, Chamberlain faculty and your chosen preceptor, an expert in the nursing field who provides guidance throughout the practicum experience.
Chamberlain faculty members provide guidance and support as you determine your project and practicum focus, as well as an appropriate location and preceptor. At the conclusion of your first course you will attend a DNP Project & Practicum orientation session and then will begin the steps that will ultimately lead to your project and practicum experience. This means you do not need to know the focus of your DNP project or your practicum location before you enroll. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to identify, research, design and implement a practice or system change project.
Download the DNP Curriculum Plan (PDF).
NR-700: Scientific Underpinnings – 3 Credits
This course focuses on how the scientific underpinnings of knowledge assist the advanced practice nurse in understanding and applying theory to the highest level of clinical practice.
NR-701: Application of Analytic Methods – 3 Credits
This course offers a review of requisite scientific skills necessary to critically read, analyze and apply evidence to advanced practice nursing. Students will examine the synthesis of best evidence incorporating clinical expertise and client values to direct population-specific health improvement outcomes. An emphasis will be place on how clinical research questions are formed and ethical considerations that impact evidence-based practice as the IRB process is introduced in this class. Leading evidence-based practice models are reviewed to inform decision making that will effectively utilize healthcare data to produce practice change.
NR-703: Applied Organizational & Leadership Concepts – 3 Credits
The focus of this course is on application of organizational and leadership concepts to foster and promote healthcare systems conducive to relationship-based care that improves patient outcomes.
NR-704: Concepts in Population Health Outcomes – 3 Credits
This course provides an overview of epidemiological principles and further examines the impact of advanced practice nursing on vulnerable and high-risk populations with an emphasis on improving health outcomes for diverse populations. The promotion of healthy global populations with advanced practice innovations aimed at health restoration, maintenance and promotion is highlighted. The impact of biopsychosociopolitical and economic/environmental conditions on diverse populations is studied from the context of healthcare access, quality of care and cultural relevance.
NR-706: Healthcare Informatics & Information Systems – 3 Credits
The focus of this course is the generation of data-driven decisions in nursing and healthcare delivery based on the assessment, planning, design and analysis of healthcare informatics and information systems.
NR-708: Health Policy – 3 Credits
The focus of this course is on the process of public policy development at micro, meso and macro system levels. Students will analyze and evaluate health policy and legislative issues including but not limited to ethics, safety, healthcare economics, access to care, insurance status and quality of care.
NR-702: DNP Project & Practicum I – 3 Credits (Theory .5, Practicum 2.5)
The focus of this course is on linking scientifically rigorous and clinically-significant evidence to an interventional clinical query in the selected healthcare delivery practicum setting.
NR-705: DNP Project & Practicum II – 3 Credits (Theory .5, Practicum 2.5)
The focus of this course is on designing an evidence-based practice change initiative using scientifically rigorous research methods in the clinical practice setting.
NR-707: DNP Project & Practicum III – 3 Credits (Theory .5, Practicum 2.5)
The focus of this course is on implementation of the evidence-based practice change project in the selected healthcare delivery practicum setting.
NR-709: DNP Project & Practicum IV – 3 Credits (Theory .5, Practicum 2.5)
The focus of this course is on scientific evaluation of the evidence-based practice change project in the selected healthcare delivery practicum setting.
NR712: Topics in Healthcare Systems Leadership – 3 Credits
The focus of this course is specialty content related to healthcare systems leadership topics that are unique to the areas of nursing informatics, nursing leadership, health policy leadership, higher education administration, and executive healthcare practice. Content for the course is structured within the context of interprofessional collaboration.
NR713: Indirect Care Perspectives in DNP Practice – 3 Credits
The focus of this course is indirect care perspectives related to healthcare systems leadership issues that are unique to the areas of nursing informatics, nursing leadership, health policy leadership, higher education administration, and executive healthcare practice. Content for the course is structured within the context of systems change theory.
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“Chamberlain prepares APRNs to
implement solutions for some of the
most pressing issues they will confront
in their professional roles.”
Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE
Professor, DNP Degree Program
Download a sample curriculum plan for the online DNP degree program.