Program Details

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Next Start Date:
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ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 36
Online: 8 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 9 credits
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $640 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Become a Nursing Executive

Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP) guides advanced-practice registered nurses, nurse informaticists and nurse leaders in applying current research to practice or system challenges to achieve a positive impact. Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are different from PhD nursing programs, where nurses conduct original research to add to the body of academic theory and nursing knowledge. If you are a practice-focused leader, then a DNP is for you.

Offered through the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, our doctorate of nursing practice degree program consists of curriculum aligned to AACN essentials for DNP nursing. You do not have to leave your practice or organization to attend one or more residencies in the doctorate in nursing program. Rather, through peer discussion and scholarly, in-depth application-based activities, you integrate and synthesize didactic learning into your current or desired future practice environment. These practice immersion activities are designed to help you meet your personal and professional goals while attaining the knowledge and skills appropriate for the highest level of nursing practice.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Grand Canyon University (GCU) are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Select states may have additional requirements to meet their standards; reference your enrollment agreement or contact GCU for more information.

Degree Outcomes

Apply Current Research to Your Practice

Throughout the online DNP program, you are immersed in practice activities that provide greater depth and application to learning. You identify and evaluate an organizational change leadership topic or health practice that becomes the basis of the direct practice improvement (DPI), to be carried out prior to completion of the program.

Through rigorous curriculum and peer discussion in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you have the opportunity to expand current theoretical and scientific foundations of healthcare practice, including the discipline knowledge base, the design and evaluation of clinical solutions as well as clinical and organizational change leadership.

What You Will Learn

Expand Your Theoretical Knowledge

Course topics in the doctorate of nursing practice program include:

  • Healthcare information technology
  • Emerging areas of human health
  • Applied science in advanced nursing
  • Translation of research into practice
  • Population management
  • Data analysis
  • Patient outcomes and sustainable change
  • Leadership for advanced nursing practice

Career Outcomes

Advance to the Top of Your Field

Practice-focused online DNP programs, like the one offered at GCU, are designed to prepare you to translate existing research into innovative solutions that improve healthcare outcomes and promote change leadership in healthcare organizations. As a DNP, you may choose to work in a clinic or hospital as a nurse executive, continue your practice as an advance practice registered nurse or serve as a nurse educator with additional training.

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. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

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

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.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

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