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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

What Is a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a uniquely practice-focused program, compared to the PhD in nursing, which is research-oriented. Grand Canyon University’s DNP degree is ideal for nurse leaders, including nurse informaticists and advanced practice registered nurses who wish to remain on the forefront of patient care. This degree, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, guides nurses in applying current research to improve health care systems and enhance patient outcomes.

Examine and expand upon the theoretical and scientific foundations of health care through engaging peer discussions and scholarly activities led by instructors who are experts in their fields. Work through practice immersion activities designed to propel you to the highest level of nursing practice. Continue to meet your current professional obligations while progressing through a rigorous curriculum, which culminates in an evidence-based research project conducted in the DNP Practice Immersion Workshop and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Achieve the Highest Level of Nursing Education with a DNP Degree

The online DNP degree at GCU stimulates personal and professional growth, enabling advanced practice registered nurses to work toward the pinnacle of their career. Explore principles in organizational change leadership that you can apply to your current hospital or clinic. Become a compassionate servant leader who inspires nursing teams to continually strive for health care excellence. Examine best practices in clinical solutions. Demonstrate your advanced knowledge and skills by identifying a health practice or organizational change leadership topic for your direct practice improvement (DPI) project.

As a modern university, GCU is committed to offering a flexible learning path for professional learners. Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree via our dynamic online platform. The online DNP program requires a total of 36 credits for graduation. Online courses are eight weeks in length.

Expand Your Theoretical Knowledge with an Online DNP Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is a comprehensive program that blends theoretical knowledge with clinical application. Some of the courses you will take include:

  • Emerging Areas of Human Health
  • Scientific Underpinnings
  • Patient Outcomes and Sustainable Change
  • Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Health Care Informatics

Students study the establishment of programs of clinical excellence and explore a holistic perspective on coaching individuals and families through developmental, health-illness and situational transitions. Learners develop core competencies in nursing science and consider ethical issues in health care research. There is an emphasis on the application of evidence-based nursing science to optimize patient outcomes.

Advance to the Top of Your Field

Doctor of Nursing Practice degree holders are sought after by employers for their advanced knowledge and skills, and for their leadership qualities. Graduates of GCU are prepared to effect positive change in health care organizations by applying research-based principles to nurture favorable patient outcomes. Clinics and hospitals may extend offers of employment to DNP degree holders who pursue positions as nurse executives. Some DNPs prefer to continue working directly with patient populations as advanced practice registered nurses. Others may undergo additional training to pursue specialized career paths, such as the role of nurse educator. Some employment settings may include the following:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Public health offices
  • Research facilities
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Independent practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional educational requirements or qualifications may be required to practice in select states. Check your enrollment agreement for further details.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 36
Online: 8 weeks
TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 9 doctoral credits
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:

Online: $670 per credit [More Info]

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
Major:
36 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
36 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces learners to the skills and mindset necessary for success on the doctoral journey. These skills include critical thinking and analysis, navigating resources, academic writing for the doctoral level, identifying and understanding scholarly research, and the role of the practitioner-scholar.

Course Description

This course provides the foundations for using information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and health care systems. The course is designed to provide the tools needed to manage individual and aggregate level information and use information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems using industry standards and related ethical, regulatory, and legal principles. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 50. Prerequisite: DNP-801.

Course Description

Advanced nursing practice requires practice expertise and specialized knowledge in making diagnostic and practice management decisions. This science-based course gives learners insight into emerging areas of human health to improve health outcomes and establish programs of clinical excellence and emphasizes guidance and coaching of individuals and families through developmental, health-illness, and situational transitions from a holistic perspective. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 50.

Course Description

This course creates a base for the application of science into advanced nursing practice and includes philosophical, ethical, and historical foundations. Nursing science frames the development of theories and concepts to guide nursing practice and determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 50.

Course Description

This course focuses on a core set of skills and knowledge application activities related to the translation of research into practice, the evaluation of practice, and improvement of health care outcomes. Learners examine evidence to guide improvements in practice and outcomes of care. Literature reviews focus on gaps or tensions in the translation of research into practice. Ethical considerations are also examined in the context of health care research. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 50.

Course Description

This course examines ideas that promote understanding of aggregate, community, environmental/occupational, and cultural/socioeconomic dimensions of health. Learners analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, and environmental data in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health. Evidence-based recommendations for health promotion and risk reduction for individuals and families and concepts of public health are emphasized. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 50.

Course Description

This course focuses on the analysis of data that is grounded in clinical practice and designed to solve practice problems or to inform practice directly. It emphasizes the use of analytic methods to critically appraise gathered evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice. Learners also learn to disseminate findings from evidence-based practice and research to improve health care outcomes. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 50.

Course Description

This course prepares learners to develop effective strategies to ensure safety and quality health care for patients and populations and includes evaluation of health care outcomes. Learners engage in inquiry into the state of health care delivery, patient-centered care, sustainable change, and ethical principles surrounding practice. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 50.

Course Description

Advanced nursing practice requires political skills, systems thinking, and the business and financial insight needed for the analysis of practice quality and costs related to caring for the needs of a panel of patients, a target population, a set of populations, or a broad community. Learners conceptualize new interprofessional care delivery models that are based in contemporary nursing science and that are feasible within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives. Learners are expected to integrate and synthesize core program competencies and specialty practice requirements necessary to demonstrate proficiency in advanced nursing practice in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 50 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with this course.

Course Description

Learners finalize an issue in health care that will become the basis of an evidence-based research project to be carried out prior to completion of the doctoral program. Learners leave this course with a project goal/topic, a literature review, a proposed methodology, and a clear description of how addressing the issue presented will improve patient care. A project proposal is written in preparation for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) review. Learners are required to plan and document their learning goals and activities using the DPI Project Milestone Guide. Learners also continue work as necessary in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace to ensure that all programmatic requirements have been met. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 100 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with the three DPI Project courses. Prerequisites: DNP-801, DNP-805, DNP-810, DNP-815, DNP-820, DNP-825, DNP-830, DNP-835, and DNP-840.

Course Description

Learners submit a project for approval to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Once IRB approval is obtained, the learner conducts the project. Data is appropriately gathered for future analysis to determine if the practice investigated in the project brought about improved outcomes. Learners are required to plan and document their learning goals and activities using the DPI Project Milestone Guide. Learners also continue work as necessary in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace to ensure that all programmatic requirements have been met. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 100 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with the three DPI Project courses. Prerequisite: DNP-955.

Course Description

Data gathered during the project is analyzed and evaluated to determine the outcomes garnered by the project. A proposal for dissemination and mass implementation is created. Learners identify areas of future research and practice change for the continued improvement of health care. Learners are required to plan and document their learning goals and activities using the DPI Project Milestone Guide. Learners also continue work as necessary in the DNP Practice Immersion Workspace to ensure that all programmatic requirements have been met. Practice hours: Learners must be able to document a minimum of 100 concurrently or previously logged practice hours in association with the three DPI Project courses. Prerequisite: DNP-960.

Program Locations

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Program Domains

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Online and Evening program disclosures (26 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.