Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
“Another facet of our program is the global healthcare trip. We take [students] either to China, Haiti or Zambia and work on a project that the host country has asked us to develop.”
-Dr. Terry Neal
About the Program
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. Advanced practice 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.
DNP Part-Time Option
Students may now enroll in a part-time option for the DNP program. In this option, students will take one course during each block. DNP 810 and DNP 812 are courses specifically developed for the part-time option for students to work on the practice project. Residencies and coursework will run concurrently with full-time students.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program will prepare students 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 form nursing and other disciplines.
- Influence healthcare policy from an interprofessional perspective to improve health outcomes.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|31 Total||$1000/ credit hour|
* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
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.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
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.
Part-Time Plan of Study
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.
Submission of the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Division of Graduate Nursing application for the DNP program.
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.
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.
- Submission of transcript for a completed master’s degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
- Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences.
- Earned graduate GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:
- All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
- Minimum grade of "B" or higher in each course.
Fulfillment of all course and practicum requirements.
The DNP project must be completed within two years from the point of completing DNP course work.
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.
Excessive Absences: Excessive absences will result in a failing grade.
- Submission of current unencumbered RN license.
- Submission of a current unencumbered APN license (if applicable).
- Submission of resume/curriculum vitae.
- 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.
- Submission of a 1-2 page narrative describing practice experience and professional goals.
- 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.
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 Monday through Friday schedule and will be posted in advance. Transportation to and from campus, lodging and meals are at the student’s expense.
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: Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice Project The Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice Project (TENPP) will be an evidence based practice-centered project addressing an issue related to nursing practice and performance from which nursing practice can benefit. In addition, the TENPP must contribute to the science of nursing practice within an agency, local, state or national realm.
- Submission of the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Division of Graduate Nursing, application for the DNP program.
- 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.
- 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 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
- 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.
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.
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 for the doctoral program is satisfied by full participation in three one-week onsite residencies in Marion, Indiana. These residencies are five days in length, Monday through Friday. 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.
- Residency I - Orientation to the DNP, Program Week 1
- Residency II - TENPP proposal defense, approximately Program Week 50
- Residency III -TENPP defense, approximately Program Week 70
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 Monday through Friday 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.
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.