The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online post master’s nursing degree program focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, healthcare policy and advocacy, inter-professional collaboration, and expert clinical, advanced nursing practice. The DNP program will prepare advanced practice nurses (APNs) at the highest level of practice for leadership roles applying and translating research into practice to produce expert clinical leaders for positions in practice.
Program of Study
The DNP is a 35 credit hour program. All coursework will be provided in an online format. Students will spend up to 1-2 days a year during the summer in on-campus immersion experiences for program orientation and translational research symposia (a maximum of three summer immersions is anticipated, is planned for the last Thursday and Friday of July each year, beginning with the DNP Orientation in year 1. Students complete didactic coursework in a part-time program (minimum of 6 semesters). Graduation is based upon successful completion of all coursework and a Practice Integration Project (PIP). DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 hours, including precepted practicum hours earned in the MS Nursing Program.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
Demonstrate relationship-centered nursing leadership to improve the healthcare, health status, and health outcomes of individuals, families, communities, and populations while addressing health disparities.
Integrate biopsychosocial, cultural, organizational/systems, informatics, ethical and legal knowledge with nursing science as a foundation for expert clinical nursing practice in a specific nursing clinical specialization.
Engage in interprofessional, collaborative partnerships to frame problems, design and implement evidence-based interventions and evaluate outcomes.
Formulate health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment strategies that translate and integrate genetics/genomics, individual behaviors and lifestyle factors, family, community and culture, social and economic forces, and public and personal health systems addressing access, quality, and safety.
Transform practice through knowledge reflection, knowledge-based resources, information technology/informatics, strategic resource management, and evidence-based practice research/action inquiry.
Translate knowledge for application in the delivery of advanced nursing practice and nursing administration/health leadership.
Implement changes based on evaluation of health systems, health policy, and nursing science in response to social, political, economic, and ethical issues.
Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences.
Students will complete a Practice Integration Project Design (PIP) designed to demonstrate clinical scholarship by utilizing the evidence to improve practice and healthcare outcomes.
In addition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the School of Nursing offers a Master of Science, major in Nursing degree with Family Nurse Practitioner (primary care), Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (primary care), Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist options.
South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs. State authorization allows CU the ability to offer online programs to students who live outside of SC OR enroll students in learning placements that will take place outside of SC (such as internships, clinical, practicums, and student teaching). CU must meet all of the regulatory requirements, including those from licensure/certification boards, of the state where the student physically resides or where the activity will take place. It is imperative you understand the regulations for your state prior to enrolling in any academic program or course.
Please review our state authorizations to determine if specific program offerings or learning placements are available in the state you will be physically located in a while enrolled. If you experience difficulty finding the requirements for a specific state, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
If you expect a change in your physical location, contact the State Authorization office as soon as you know the anticipated location(s). Physical presence in a location where we do not meet state regulatory requirements can negatively impact our ability to offer you federal financial aid, military tuition assistance, or your continuation within the program. These restrictions extend to courses taken online over the summer, internships, clinical or other forms of learning placements if conducted outside of an approved state. Students are responsible for providing accurate and updated information about their physical presence to the institution. Early notification allows the institution to minimize, but may not prevent, the possibility of program delays/offerings.
The following requirements need to be met for an admission application to be considered:
Completion of the on-line application at Online Application
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
Master’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
Cumulative (All college credits) and masters of nursing GPA of 3.25 or higher - applicants who attended a program with most or all pass/fail grades will not be considered competitive
Official transcripts from all previous programs.
Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students. TOEFL score (may be required by applicants for whom English is not their first language).
Three letters of recommendation address academic ability and practice knowledge/skills from masters or doctorally prepared individuals (supervisors, MDs, NPs, etc.). I prefer one from a nursing faculty from your undergraduate program, one from a supervisor, and one from a health care professional familiar with your clinical skills.
Unencumbered, active Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN – NP or CNS) license throughout the duration of the program for the state in which the DNP Project will be completed
Current NP/CNS national certification in the specialty area (throughout the duration of the program)
Graduate course in statistics’
Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Personal statement – background, career goals, and how the DNP program will support the fulfillment of your goals
Post Admission Requirements:
Background Check (srandi.com). A positive background check may preclude students from completing the clinical requirements, thus preventing the completion of the program.
Professional liability insurance with the non-direct care rider
Nursing practice verification of hours
Master’s program verification of hours
Letter of support from practice or healthcare institution/system for DNP Project
There will be a mandatory on-campus immersion experience on the last Thursday and Friday of July of each year in the program.