College of Nursing

Doctoral Program - Nurse Practitioner

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Post Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice track

Graduate Nursing Program Application Deadlines, Process and Checklist

The Post Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice track at The University of Toledo is designed to elevate advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders to the highest level of clinical practice in order to meet the increasing complexities and challenges of the nation's healthcare environment. As a MSN-DNP student at the University of Toledo, you will learn how to:

  • Translate and implement nursing research into evidence-based practice to provide the best possible outcomes for your population of interest.
  • Provide the highest levels of advanced nursing care.
  • Develop the leadership and organizational expertise to effectively enact the policies and procedures necessary to meet the dynamic state of healthcare delivery.
  • Identify approaches for quality management and performance improvement in healthcare organizations.

The 100% online DNP curriculum includes theoretical and clinical courses to prepare students to lead and develop innovative healthcare delivery in a variety of settings. In accordance with AACN specifications for 1,000 academically supervised post-BSN clinical hours to earn a DNP degree, 540 hours of academically supervised, advanced clinical practice are included in the program. Students are expected to have earned and documented 460 supervised clinical hours in their master's program. 

Sample Program of Study

SEMESTER I—FALL
NURS 7010 - Scientific Basis of Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
NURS 7050 - Information & Technology in Nursing & Healthcare Systems (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER II—SPRING
NURS 7040 * - Applied Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
NURS 7060 * - Population Health (3 credit hours)
*INDI 8000 must be completed prior to enrollment.

SEMESTER III—FALL
NURS 7020 - Org & Systems Leadership (90 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
NURS 7090 - Project Seminar (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER IV—SPRING
NURS 7030 - Quality Management & Performance Improvement in Healthcare Organizations (90 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
NURS 7070 - Marketing & Entrepreneurial Activity in Complex Healthcare (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER V—FALL
NURS 7080 - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice in Direct Care (90 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
OR
NURS 7180 - Evidence-Based Leadership in Complex Health Systems (90 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
NURS 7100  - Doctoral Project (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER VI—SPRING
NURS 7970 - Final Practicum (direct care 270 clinical hours) (6 credit hours)
OR
NURS 7980 - Final Practicum (leadership 270 clinical hours) (6 credit hours)

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS: 36

BSN-DNP Track: Become a Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Nursing Program Application Deadlines, Process and Checklist

The Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) track at The University of Toledo is designed to take the BSN prepared nurses to the highest level of clinical practice in order to meet the increasing complexities and challenges of the nation's healthcare environment.

Why Utoledo?

Established in 2012, the Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at The University of Toledo trains BSN-prepared nurses to become nurse practitioners who can:

  • Translate and implement nursing research into evidence-based practice to provide the best possible outcomes for their population of interest.
  • Work as an advanced practice nurse in a variety of community and hospital-based practice settings.
  • Develop the leadership and organizational expertise to effectively enact the policies and procedures necessary to meet the dynamic state of healthcare delivery.
  • Identify approaches for quality management and performance improvement in healthcare organizations.

The DNP curriculum includes theoretical and clinical courses to prepare students to lead and develop innovative healthcare delivery in a variety of settings. In accordance with AACN specifications for 1000 academically supervised post-BSN clinical hours to earn a DNP degree, 1080-1170 hours of academically supervised advanced clinical practice are included in the program. 

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) certification corresponding to their population of foci upon graduation. 

Frequently Asked Questions for BSN-DNP program

specialty options

  • The BSN- DNP specialty options include:
    • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. AGPCNP graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) certification corresponding to their population foci upon graduation. 
    • Family Nurse Practitioner. FNP graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) certification corresponding to their population foci upon graduation. 
    • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. PPCNP  graduates are eligible to sit for Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) certification upon graduation. 
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. PMHNP graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification corresponding to their population foci upon graduation. 
  • Students are admitted fall semester only
  • Full- or-part time study plans; combination of online and on-campus courses 
  • 85-90 semester hours
  • Program Outcomes

Sample Program of Study

SEMESTER I — FALL
NURS 7000 - DNP Orientation (1 credit hour)
NURS 7050 - Information & Technology in Nursing Healthcare Systems (3 credit hours)
NURS 7400 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credit hours)
INDI 8000 - Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER II — SPRING
NURS 7410 - Ethical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credit hours)
NURS 7060 - Population Health (3 credit hours)
NURS 7070 - Entrepreneurial Activity in Complex Healthcare (3 credit hours)
NURS 7500 - Family & Cultural Diversity Theories (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER III — FALL
NURS 7011 - Theoretical Basis for Evidence Based Practice (3 credit hours)
NURS 7020 - Organization & Systems Leadership (90 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
NURS 7680 - Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER IV — SPRING
NURS 7690 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credit hours)
NURS 7740 - Advanced Health Assessment (5 credit hours)
NURS 7040 - Applied Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER V — SUMMER
NURS XXXX - Clinical I (180 clinical hours) (6-7 credit hours)
NURS 7530 - Public Policy & Healthcare (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER VI — FALL 
NURS XXXX - Clinical II (180 clinical hours) (6-7 credit hours)
NURS 7090 - Project Seminar (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER VII—SPRING
NURS XXXX - Clinical III (180-270 clinical hours) (6-9 credit hours)
NURS 7910 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

SEMESTER VIII—FALL
NURS 7920 - Outcome Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
NURS 7100 - Doctoral Project (1 credit hour)
NURS 7080 - Evidence Based Nursing Practice in Direct Care (90 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
NURS 7970 - Final Practicum (Direct Care 90 clinical hours) (2 credit hours)

SEMESTER IX—SPRING
NURS 7100 - Doctoral Project (2 credit hours)
NURS 7970 - Final Practicum (Direct Care 180 clinical hours) (4 credit hours)
NURS 7030 - Quality Management & Performance Improvement in Healthcare Organizations (90 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)

Total Semester Hours: 85-90

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at University of Toledo Consortium (Consortium of University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Additionally, the master’s degree program in nursing, the doctor of nursing practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at University of Toledo are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Last Updated: 7/12/19