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CCNE Accredited Online DNP Program from Walsh University in Ohio

The online Family Nurse Practitioner program at Walsh University is accredited by the CCNE.

DNP Program Online from Walsh University

Approved Institution - National Council for State Authorization

Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Influence and Improve Health Care

Walsh University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is ideal for MSN-prepared nurses who want to expand their advanced nursing role and prepare to be a nurse leader who is ready for the future of health care. Leverage and apply knowledge from the sciences within the fields of organizational management, ethics, health policy, and information technology.

Online DNP

Earning a DNP at Walsh University will help you build the knowledge and skills to fulfill a vital role in today's increasingly complex health care environment. You'll develop competencies in critical areas such as quality improvement, evidence-based problem solving, and health care policy, while evolving as a nurse leader.

In Walsh University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP), you will:

  • Gain executive knowledge and competencies in influential leadership
  • Strategically promote change in health care with an understanding of data-driven business strategy and transformative care models
  • Stand out and demonstrate your commitment to the field as you earn the highest credential for clinical nursing practice

Online DNP Fast Facts

  • Choose a Convenient Pathway to Leadership
    • Expand your scope of practice and earn your DNP in just 34 credits, or 5 semesters
    • Choose from three intakes a year so you can start when it makes sense for you
    • Study in 8- and 16-week courses designed for the working professional
    • Obtain 500 clinical hours
    • Take advantage of flexible financial aid
  • Learn within a Supportive Community
    • Work with a placement coordinator who will support you with a preceptor and clinical sites for your clinicals
    • Connect with engaged faculty of experienced nurses and benefit from small class sizes
    • Receive proactive, dedicated support and one-on-one coaching to help you succeed

Admissions Requirements

Take the opportunity to reach your goals at a school recognized for its value and academic excellence.

  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing
  • Current, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • Confirmation from school of clinical hours completed in the master's program
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • No application fee
Upcoming Start Dates
  • Spring Classes Start: January 11, 2021
  • Priority Application Deadline: October 30, 2020

Online DNP Program Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will take while enrolled in the online DNP program. For a full list, please download a brochure.

NURS 710 – Nursing Leadership Role and Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems

In this course students synthesize ethical theoretical leadership concepts with personal and professional values and gain an appreciation for the changing sociocultural context in which clinical leadership is practiced. Within a clinical context, working with multiple disciplines and stakeholders, communication, negotiation, and conflict management is addressed. Transformation of systems, informatics, demographic and cultural trends, and advocating for ethical decision-making are emphasized. Using principles of chaos and complexity theory, students will explore methods for assessing organizations, identifying emerging issues, and facilitating organization-wide changes.

NURS 718 – Health Care Technology and Data Management

Students will explore healthcare informatics concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and applications within the healthcare environment and classroom. Critical issues affecting the development and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative and learning), knowledge management principles, and professional practice trends will be analyzed. Emerging information and communication technology in health care will be explored. Emphasis is on thehealth informatics resources to implement health care outcome improvementand support practice and administrative decision-making. Students will apply new knowledge, manage individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to their area of practice.

MBA 723 – Healthcare Finance/Economics

This course explores healthcare specific financial policies and issues, analytical framework and economic transformation for financial decisions (such as investment and working capital), methods of financial management, insurance coverage and financing. In addition, the course focuses on the ability to apply economic and population health models to address health service issues and problems.

NURS 730 – Residency Practicum

This course is designed to provide a culminating practicum experience for the DNP leadership student. Students will focus on promoting evidence based practice as interdisciplinary team members and providing high quality, cost effective care in a dynamic health care environment. Emphasis is placed on further refinement of competencies related to the leadership complex issues, organizations, and systems. (150 clicical hours)

NURS 731 – DNP Project

Students undertake a systematic investigation of a clinical or administration based problem selected by the student and supported by faculty. The student will identify the problem to be addressed, review and critique pertinent literature, and implement and evaluate the project. The designed and approved project will be implemented and within a mentored and supervised clinical immersion experience. The project uses an evidence-based practice model and is systematically developed in consultation with the student’s doctorate of nursing practice and scholarly project committee who evaluates each step of the process (200 clinical hours).