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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is designed for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Nurse Executive (NEA-BC), or Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC) who holds an earned Master’s Degree in Nursing and a current, unrestricted OHIO APRN or RN license. Nurses with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education will also be considered for admission. As an online, post-master’s doctoral degree, the DNP curriculum prepares those in advanced nursing practice to lead the challenges of healthcare accessibility, outcome accountability and reform at the complex systems level. This includes providing evidence-based, cost-effective, collaborative healthcare to individuals, families and communities in a culturally appropriate, patient-centered manner.


Key Differences between DNP and PhD/DNS Programs
DNP PhD/DNS
Program of Study

Objectives: Prepare nurse leaders at the highest level of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes and translate research into practice

Competencies: See AACN’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

Objectives: Prepare nurses at the highest level of nursing science to conduct research to advance the science of nursing

Content: See The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence (2010)

Students

Commitment to practice career

Oriented toward improving outcomes of patient care and population health

Commitment to research career

Oriented toward developing new nursing knowledge and scientific inquiry

Program Faculty

Practice or research doctorate in nursing, and expertise in area teaching

Leadership experience in area of role and population practice

High level of expertise in practice congruent with focus of academic program

Research doctorate in nursing or related field

Leadership experience in area of sustained research funding

High level of expertise in research congruent with focus of academic program

Resources

Mentors and/or preceptors in leadership positions across practice settings

Access to diverse practice settings with appropriate resources for areas of practice

Access to financial aid

Access to information and patient-care technology resources congruent with areas of study

Mentors and/or preceptors in research settings

Access to research settings with appropriate resources

Access to dissertation support dollars and financial aid

Access to information and research technology resources congruent with program of research

Program Assessment & Evalutation

Program Outcome: Healthcare improvements and contributions via practice, policy change, and practice scholarship

Receives accreditation by nursing accreditor

Program Outcome: Contributes to healthcare improvements via the development of new knowledge and scholarly products that provide the foundation for the advancement of nursing science

Oversight by the institution’s authorized bodies (i.e., graduate school) and regional accreditors

Source: www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/ContrastGrid.pdf

The baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Mount Carmel College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is designed for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Nurse Executive (NEA-BC), or Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC) who holds an earned Master’s Degree in Nursing and a current, unrestricted OHIO APRN or RN license. Nurses with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education will also be considered for admission. As an online, post-master’s doctoral degree, the DNP curriculum prepares those in advanced nursing practice to lead the challenges of healthcare accessibility, outcome accountability and reform at the complex systems level. This includes providing evidence-based, cost-effective, collaborative healthcare to individuals, families and communities in a culturally appropriate, patient-centered manner.

Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission the following is required:

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by either NLNAC/ACEN or CCNE
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC) or Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC)
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale from a graduate (master’s) nursing program
  • Graduate level nursing research course with a letter grade of “B” or better. Undergraduate statistics course with a letter grade of “C” or better
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals prepared at the doctoral level who can speak to the applicant’s current abilities and potential for academic and clinical success
  • A typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of doctoral studies including the anticipated area of interest for the DNP project. (not to exceed 2 pages, single-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font)
  • RN Licensure and APRN certification or licensure, if an APRN, in the state where the practicum courses will be completed (currently Ohio only)
  • A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students
  • One year of recent practice strongly recommended
  • Face to face, virtual or phone interview for qualified applicants
  • Transcripts – All official college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, must be sent directly to Mount Carmel College of Nursing Admissions Department
  • A maximum of 500 post-baccalaureate practice hours are granted by holding advanced nursing practice national certification
  • Students who have earned a Master’s in Nursing Education will need to develop an individualized curricula plan to create an advanced nursing practice cognate along with clinical hours to close the gap of 500 hours for an advanced practice nursing degree

Application Materials for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

  • Completed application here
  • Application fee
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from doctoral prepared professionals who can speak to the applicant’s current abilities and potential for academic and clinical success
  • A typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of doctoral studies including the anticipated area of interest for the DNP project (not to exceed two pages, single-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pt font)
  • Official TOEFL scores: applies to students for whom English is not the native language; minimum required TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) or 79—80 (Internet based); TOEFL scores are valid two years from the test date. To learn more about the TOEFL, visit www.ets.org/toefl TOEFL scores should be mailed directly from TOEFL to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Office of Admissions, 127 South Davis Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Transcripts – all official college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, should be sent directly from the granting institution to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Office of Admissions, 127 South Davis Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, drug testing, and immigration requirements, if admitted

Application Deadline

Admission applications are accepted for Spring Semester only. Applicants who are not admitted may re-apply the following year

All application materials should be mailed to Mount Carmel College of Nursing Office of Admissions, Attention DNP Admissions, 127 South Davis Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43222, and must be received by November 30, 2017

Late applications accepted to fill the remaining DNP spring 2018 cohort. Applications must be submitted by November 1 and completed with all transcripts and letters of recommendation by November 15th.

Application Process

  • The DNP Admissions Committee reviews all complete applications that meet admission criteria and determines whether an applicant is accepted into the program
  • Questions regarding the application process or admission status should be directed to: DNP Admissions via email: DNP@mccn.edu
  • Admitted DNP candidates who accept admittance must provide a non-refundable Confirmation Fee of $300 will be applied to spring semester tuition

Course Offering – 35 credits

Required Courses Credits
NURS 750 Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice 3
NURS 751 Epidemiology and Biostatistical Principles of Healthcare 3
NURS 752 Outcome Measurement and Analysis for Individual and Population Health 3
HUMN 753 Healthcare Ethics 1
NURS 754 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Individual and Population Health 3
NURS 755 Complex Healthcare Environments 3
NURS 756 Healthcare Finance and Economics 3
NURS 757 Healthcare Policy 3
NURS 758 Project Development for Practice Innovation 3
NURS 759 DNP Practicum I (250 hours) 5
NURS 760 DNP Practicum II (250 hours) 5

35 Semester Credit Hours, 7 consecutive semesters online, or 10 consecutive semesters online. On campus public presentation of the DNP project, final semester.

Full-time
Spring Summer Fall
Year 01 751 Epi/Biostats
753 Ethics
750 Translating Evidence
757 Policy
752 Outcomes
755 Complex Environments
Year 02 754 Health Promo/Pop Health
756 Finance/Economics
758 Project Development 759 Practicum I
Year 03 760 Practicum II

Part-time
Spring Summer Fall
Year 01 751 Epi/Biostats 750 Translating Evidence 752 Outcomes
Year 02 753 Ethics
754 Health Promo/Pop Health
757 Policy 755 Complex Environments
Year 03 756 Finance/Economics 758 Project Development 759 Practicum I
Year 04 760 Practicum II

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides the education for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who are Nurse Practitioners (NP, Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) who are ready to take their careers to a higher level.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, graduates will have the knowledge to impact individual, aggregate and population health. The graduate will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Translate the complex scientific foundation of advanced nursing practice to the development of practice knowledge, skills and attributes.
  • Analyze existing healthcare systems to develop and implement change that will improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of accessible, affordable patient-centered care.
  • Analyze technology used in patient care, patient education and healthcare information systems for the advancement of evidence-based practice.
  • Design processes to measure outcomes for national benchmark comparison to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of accessible, affordable patient-centered care.
  • Provide leadership in shaping health policy that will support the ethical, equitable provision of healthcare.
  • Integrate into practice evidence-based health-promotion and disease-prevention strategies based upon data, including the public health sciences such as epidemiology, biostatistics and genomics.
  • Employ effective communication and collaborative skills in the development, clinical practice and scholarly dissemination of advanced nursing practice knowledge.
  • Evaluate the integration of ethics and social justice with evidence-based strategies of advanced nursing practice to minimize ethical uncertainty, promote moral agency and inform ethically justifiable decisions for diverse patient populations.

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