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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

 

About the Program

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree designed to prepare nurses at an advanced level of nursing science. The program emphasizes the development of the student’s capacity to impact the clinical setting as a leader and to utilize clinical research to improve and transform healthcare. Master’s prepared nurses with practice doctorates will address significant practice issues in a scholarly way, adopt broad system perspectives for health promotion and risk reduction, act as agents of change to transform client/community care, participate in the ongoing evaluation of healthcare outcomes, and assist in the translation of research leading to positive nursing practice changes.

"Obtaining the DNP has changed my perspective. I now look at my patients and their needs in a much broader scope. I have a much better understanding of Evidenced Based Practice and how practice guidelines are created. I now place more value on the collaborative effort of the interprofessional team to provide patient care and help navigate a complex healthcare system. Earning the DNP was one of the best things I have done personally and professionally."

Dr. Kristina Currier

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

The mission of the IWU Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare nurses at the highest level of leadership, scholarship, and character to be world changers in global healthcare systems.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program will prepare graduates to:

  • Lead healthcare delivery teams to meet the needs of diverse populations.
  • Synthesize principles of leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems.
  • Apply creative and culturally sensitive approaches in the comprehensive assessment of healthcare systems.
  • Integrate character, scholarship, and leadership in advanced nursing practice.
  • Develop innovative practice approaches based on theories from nursing and other disciplines.
  • Influence healthcare policy from an interprofessional perspective to improve health outcomes.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

The degree programs offered through the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 202-887-6791. IWU is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. 

 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
31 Total $1000/ credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

The total cost of the program, including tuition and any fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. Payment for each course is due three weeks before the course begins. Course textbooks are not included in the costs listed above.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program and include the cost for flights, accommodations, and some meals for the global travel requirement. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Should you need to withdraw from the program, a withdrawal fee will be applied, Program costs may change if you withdraw from the program and rejoin in a future cohort at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

Curriculum

Below is the list of courses required to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Courses are offered in a block format with two courses in most blocks. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

DNP-710,DNP-801,DNP-870,DNP-802,DNP-715,DNP-803,DNP-730,DNP-804,DNP-830,DNP-750,DNP-820,DNP-840,DNP-805

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the DNP program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submission of the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Division of Graduate Nursing application for the DNP program.

  2. A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants with the initial application for enrollment in the program, at the applicant’s expense. Practice sites may require a second background check and/or drug screen at the student’s expense. Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks.

  3. International/Non-English Speaking Students - A student who is living in the United States but is not a United States citizen must submit a copy of a visa or permanent resident status during the process of application. Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission.

Academic Requirements

  1. Submission of transcript for a completed master’s degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences.
  3. Earned graduate GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.

Professional Requirements

  1. Submission of current unencumbered RN license.
  2. Submission of a current unencumbered APRN license (if applicable).
  3. Submission of resume/curriculum vitae.
  4. Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
  5. Submission of a 1-2 page narrative describing practice experience and professional goals.
  6. Submission of a practice related issue that will serve as the focus of the translational research project that will include the significance and impact of the project to nursing and healthcare.

The number of applicants admitted to the DNP program will be limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.

Practicum Hours

A minimum of 1000 graduate level practicum hours are required to be eligible for graduation. A maximum of 500 practicum hours may be transferred from a master's level clinical experience.

DNP Project: The DNP Project is an evidence-based, practice-centered project addressing an issue related to nursing practice and performance from which healthcare can benefit. In addition, the DNP Project must contribute to the science of nursing practice within an agency, local, state or national realm. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:

  1. All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  2. Minimum grade of "B" or higher in each course.
  3. Fulfillment of all course and practicum requirements.

  4. The DNP project must be completed within two years from the point of completing DNP course work.

  5. Full payment of tuition and fees.

Attendance Policy: All doctoral courses are a blend of onsite residencies and interactive online workshops. Students are required to fully attend all onsite residencies and substantively engage in all interactive online discussions, tests, quizzes, and prescribed learning activities satisfactorily.

Residency: Onsite residencies are held on the Marion, Indiana campus three (3) separate times throughout the program. Full attendance for each residency is required. Residency dates are determined based on number of students enrolled. Residency dates are posted in advance and will not exceed four days. Transportation to and from campus, lodging and meals are at the student’s expense.

Excessive Absences: Excessive absences will result in a failing grade.

  1. Submission of current unencumbered RN license.
  2. Submission of a current unencumbered APN license (if applicable).
  3. Submission of resume/curriculum vitae.
  4. Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
  5. Submission of a 1-2 page narrative describing practice experience and professional goals.
  6. Submission of a practice related issue that will serve as the focus of the translational research project that will include the significance and impact of the project to nursing and healthcare.
The number of applicants admitted to the DNP program will be limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.

Residency

Onsite residencies are held on the Marion, Indiana campus three (3) separate times throughout the program. Full attendance for each residency is required. Residencies will consist of a Thursday through Saturday schedule and will be posted in advance. Transportation to and from campus, lodging and meals are at the student’s expense.

Application

  1. Submission of the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Division of Graduate Nursing, application for the DNP program.
  2. A criminal history background check will be conducted at the applicant's expense. Clinical sites may have additional requirements, e.g., immunizations, a second background check and/or drug screen at the student's expense. Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on your compliance and/or the results of these checks.
  3. International/Non-English Speaking Students - A student who is living in the United States but is not a United States citizen must submit a copy of a visa or permanent resident status during the process of application. Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For graduate students a score of at least 6.5 is required for regular academic admission.

    Student visas (I-20s) are not issued for students wanting to enter the United States to enroll in programs offered for adult and graduate students.

General Information Regarding Admission:

  • An interview may be requested.
  • The number of applicants admitted to the DNP program will be limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
  • All students must have a reliable computer and scanner throughout the program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser for Pearson LearningStudio.
  • In order to complete assignments, students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent versions of Microsoft Office, as only the two most recent versions are supported by IWU technology. Computer and Internet connections need to be fast enough to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures which may be interspersed throughout the program.
  • International travel is expected. The cost for flights, accommodations, and some meals have been incorporated into program tuition.
  • A current passport is required.
  • Some immunizations prior to the international trip may be required as mandated by the CDC.

Start Dates

Below are upcoming start dates for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us.

Global Healthcare

The DNP at IWU is designed with a focus on global healthcare. International travel will be required for all students to one of three locations: China, Zambia or Haiti. The primary cost for the travel experience has been included in the tuition to facilitate the financial burden for students.

The global experience will occur as part of the Global Health Care course toward the end of the program. Students will work with faculty early in the program to determine which location will be most appropriate to meet their goals. Three to five students will travel to each location with faculty who are experienced in global travel. The expectations for travel will be addressed well in advance of the trip.

  • The cost for flights, accommodations, and several meals have been incorporated into program tuition.
  • A current passport is required.
  • Some immunizations prior to the international trip may be required as mandated by the CDC.
  • Students will travel in groups with experienced faculty.

Residency and Attendance

Residency

Residency for the doctoral program is satisfied by full participation in three onsite residencies in Marion, Indiana. These residencies are three days in length, Thursday through Saturday. Students are expected to be in attendance throughout the residency and are not allowed an absence from required workshops, events, or class sessions that are scheduled during the residency. Business casual is the expected attire. Students are expected to follow the community lifestyle statement of the university while on campus. This includes refraining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and unethical or illegal activities.


Attendance Policy

The doctoral program is a blend of onsite residencies and interactive online workshops. Students are required to attend all onsite residencies and substantively engage in all interactive, online and prescribed learning activities.
Three, one week residencies are held on the Marion campus throughout the program. Residencies will consist of a Thursday through Saturday schedule and dates will be posted in advance. Attendance at all residency sessions is mandatory. Transportation to and from campus, lodging and meals are at the student's expense.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to three hours of post-masters credit from a regionally accredited college or university provided:

  • The course is clearly comparable to one of the DNP course offerings based on course description and learning outcomes.
  • The course is at the 600 or higher numbering system and was not part of the master's degree requirements.
  • A grade of "B" or higher was earned in the course.
  • The course has been completed within the past five years.
  • The course reflects current knowledge-base and best practice.
  • The course reflects higher order thinking, study, assessment requirements of the scholarship of discovery.
  • Courses containing clinical content are non-transferable (Advanced Healthcare Policy, Global Healthcare and all TENP I-V courses).
  • All project work must be original and accomplished exclusively during IWU DNP enrollment.