Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Graduate College accepts prospective candidates for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree are the same as those for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, with the exception of the following:
- Time Limit
No course on the Plan of Study may be more than 10 years prior to the student's expected graduation term. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the most recent course on the Plan of Study.
- DNP Project Units
Students in the DNP degree are required to complete 6 units of NURS 922 (rather than 18 units of NURS 920).
Students in the dual DNP and Nursing Ph.D. are required to complete 4 units of NURS 922 and 18 units of NURS 920.
- Comprehensive Examination
DNP students admitted prior to Summer 2015 must complete the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination committee must consist of at least 3 members (at least 2 regular members, the remaining committee members may be regular or special members). DNP students admitted prior to Summer 2015 will be billed the candidacy fees upon advancement to candidacy.
DNP students admitted in Summer 2015 and after do not complete the comprehensive exam. Instead, satisfactory completion of the portfolio, a practice certification exam, and the DNP project, along with the oral defense of the project, provide evidence of synthesis of essential knowledge and application required for the profession. DNP students admitted in Summer 2015 and after will be billed the candidacy fees once their Plan of Study receives final approval in GradPath.
- DNP Project Committee
All DNP students must complete a final oral defense of the DNP Project. The DNP Project committee must consist of at least 3 members (at least 2 regular members, the remaining committee members may be regular or special members).