Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is geared toward advanced practice nurses seeking the highest credential or terminal degree in nursing practice

Currently, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists are prepared in master’s level programs. These master’s level programs have been steadily increasing in required competencies and credit load to meet the complexities of the health care system and diverse populations. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) will prepare nurse practitioners with the ability to balance proficiencies, practice, theory, and scientific inquiry in the APN role.


About the Program

The DNP program provides education in organizational and systems leadership knowledge and skills necessary to critically develop and evaluate new models of care delivery and to create and sustain change in all levels of healthcare. Principles of APRN practice and nursing scholarship are linked to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s DNP Essentials to improve health outcomes for clients, families and diverse communities.  The practitioner-scholar role of the DNP prepared APRN develops new knowledge in the practice environment that makes an impact on health outcomes and quality of care.

The DNP program offers two tracks:

  • The Post-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP (40 doctoral credits)
  • The Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing to DNP (74 -77 graduate/doctoral credits)

Stockton’s DNP program is designed for working nurses with a curriculum that has a hybrid approach (online components) and can be completed on a part-time basis


Accreditation Statement

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Stockton University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accrediation does not guarantee that accrediation will be granted. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is also pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Curriculum

The DNP curriculum utilizes the philosophy, purposes and learning outcomes of the undergraduate and graduate nursing program.  The Roy Adaptation Model serves as the conceptual framework of the program.  The DNP program offers two tracks:  The Post-MSN DNP Track and the Post-BSN DNP Track.

The Post-MSN DNP Track will enroll advanced practice nurses (e.g., nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists) seeking to advance their education to the clinical doctorate level. This track consists of 40 credits for the degree, including completion of a minimum of 336 – 500 clinical hours based on a gap analysis of prior APN studies. 

Course Schedule for Part-Time Post – MSN DNP Track- 40 credits

Fall- 1 Semester

NURS 5432 Statistical Methods - 3 credits

Spring- 1 Semester

NURS 5336 Health Care Systems - 3 credits

NURS 6331 Clinical Prevention
& Population Health  - 3 credits

Summer- 1 Semester

NURS 6102 Leadership and Healthcare Policy - 3 credits

Fall- 2 Semester

NURS 5331 Nursing Theory - 3 credits
NURS 6103 Improving Health Outcome - 3 credits

Spring- 2 Semester

NURS 5335 Professional Role Development - 3 credits

NURS 6203 DNP Research Methods I - 3 credits

Summer-2 Semester

NURS 6204 DNP Research Methods II - 3 credits

Fall- 3 Semester
NURS 6101 DNP Project Proposal - 3 credits
NURS 6903 DNP Practice Immersion I - 4 credits

Spring- 3 Semester
NURS 6601 DNP Project Implementation - 2 credits
NURS 6904 DNP Practice Immersion II - 4 credits

The Post-BSN DNP Track consists of two concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). These two concentrations are similar to Stockton’s current MSN and Post-Master’s certificate programs.  The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP track consists of 74 credits and the Family NP track consists of 77 credits. Both Post – BSN DNP tracks include 1000 clinical hours as required by the certification bodies for entry level into practice as a DNP prepared NP. 

Course Schedule for Part-Time Post- BSN DNP Track-74 Credits AGPCNP | 77 Credits FNP

Fall- 1 Semester

NURS 5421 Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 credits
NURS 5432 Statistical Methods  - 3 credits

Spring- 1 Semester

NURS 5336 Health Care Systems - 3 credits
NURS 6331 Clinical Prevention & Population Health - 3 credits

Fall- 2 Semester

NURS 5331 Nursing Theory - 3 credits
NURS 6103 Improving Health Outcomes - 3 credits

Spring- 2 Semester

NURS 5332 Pharmacology - 3 credits
NURS 5335 Professional Role Development - 3 credits

Summer-2 Semester

NURS 5333 Advanced Health Assessment - 3 credits

Fall- 3 Semester
NURS 5422 Adult Nursing I - 3 credits
NURS 5922 Adult I Practicum - 4 credits 

Spring- 3 Semester

NURS 5423 Adult Nursing II - 3 credits
NURS 5923 Adult II Practicum - 4 credits

Summer- 3 Semester

NURS 6102 Leadership and Healthcare Policy - 3 credits

Fall- 4 Semester

NURS 5424 Adult Nursing III - 3 credits
NURS 5924 Adult III Practicum - 4 credits

Spring- 4 Semester

NURS 6203 DNP Research Methods I - 3 credits

FNP track:
NURS 5541 Assessment of the Family with Young Children - 3 credits
NURS 5941 Pediatric Practicum - 4 credits

AGPCNP track:
NURS 5952 Transition to the AGPCNP Role - 4 credits

Summer- 4 Semester

NURS 6204 DNP Research Methods II - 3 credits

Fall- 5 Semester

NURS 6101 DNP Project Proposal - 3 credits
NURS 6903 DNP Practice Immersion I - 4 credits

Spring-5 Semester

NURS 6601 DNP Project Implementation - 2 credits
NURS 6904 DNP Practice Immersion II - 4 credits

Course Schedule for Full-Time Post- BSN DNP Track- 74 Credits AGPCNP | 77 Credits FNP

Note:   Not all semesters will be considered full time (over 9 credits of graduate level course work). This is determined by course progression and concentration of study. Summer semesters are not full time.

Fall- 1 Semester

NURS 5331 Nursing Theory - 3 credits
NURS 5421 Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 credits
NURS 5432 Statistical Methods - 3 credits

Spring- 1 Semester

NURS 5332 Pharmacology  - 3 credits
NURS 5336 Health Care Systems - 3 credits
NURS 6331 Clinical Prevention & Population Health - 3 credits

Summer- 1 Semester
NURS 5333 Advanced Health Assessment - 3 credits

Fall- 2 Semester

NURS 5422 Adult Nursing I - 3 credits
NURS 5922 Adult I Practicum - 4 credits 
NURS 6103 Improving Health Outcomes - 3 credits

Spring-2 Semester

NURS 5335 Professional Role Development - 3 credits
NURS 5423 Adult Nursing II - 3 credits
NURS 5923 Adult II Practicum - 4 credits

Summer- 2 Semester

NURS 6102 Leadership and Healthcare Policy - 3 credits

Fall- 3 Semester

NURS 5424 Adult Nursing III - 3 credits
NURS 5924 Adult III Practicum - 4 credits

Spring- 3 Semester

NURS 6203 DNP Research Methods I - 3 credits

FNP track:
NURS 5541 Assessment of the Family with Young Children - 3 credits
NURS 5941 Pediatric Practicum - 4 credits

AGPCNP track:
NURS 5952 Transition to the AGPCNP Role - 4 credits

Summer- 3 Semester

NURS 6204 DNP Research Methods II - 3 credits

Fall- 4 Semester

NURS 6101 DNP Project Proposal - 3 credits
NURS 6903 DNP Practice Immersion I - 4 credits

Spring-4 Semester

NURS 6601 DNP Project Implementation - 2 credits
NURS 6904 DNP Practice Immersion II - 4 credits

For course description, please visit the University's Course Catalog.

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline (rolling)

Fall 2019: June 20, 2019
Spring 2019: November 26, 2018
Summer 2019: March 15, 2019

Prerequisite Requirements

Admission to the Post-BSN DNP program is open to RNs with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Admission to the Post – MSN DNP is open to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with a master’s degree in nursing. Prospective applicants must meet the following criteria, though meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission:

  • Possess a nursing degree from a NLN-CCNE-accredited school
    • Post-BSN DNP- Minimum nursing degree must be a BSN.
    • Post-MSN DNP- Minimum nursing degree must be a MSN in a APRN role.
  • Meet one of the two requirements:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a scale of 4.0) with a minimum grade of "B" in all nursing courses.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 in at least two graduate nursing courses if the BSN GPA is less than or equal to 3.19.
  • For Post-BSN DNP program only, the completion of BSN prerequisite courses:
    1. Health Assessment
    2. Nursing Research (or in the health discipline)
    3. Statistics
  • Proof of current RN license in the State of NJ, CPR certification.
  • Students must meet the "Technical Standards and Essential Functions" requirements as specified by the Nursing Program (Policy #M-1).

Admissions Requirements

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
    • If you are a recent graduate of Stockton's MSN or Post-Master's Nursing programs, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option.
  2. Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Graduate application essay
  4. Proof of license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New Jersey
  5. Three letters of recommendation; one academic and two professional, sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application
  6. Resume
  7. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  8. Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee

Frequently Asked Questions

The length of the program varies depending on the program and whether a student is attending full-time or part-time. Please review the curriculum tab for a breakdown of the curriculum schedules.  

Yes, applicants must possess a nursing degree from a NLN-CCNE-accredited school:

  • Post-BSN DNP- Minimum nursing degree must be a BSN.
  • Post-MSN DNP- Minimum nursing degree must be an MSN in a APRN role (NP, CNM, CRNA, CNS).

No, GRE scores are not required.

Students are admitted in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

The deadline is on a rolling basis. This means that fully completed applications for admission will be considered on a first-come, first served basis. Accepted students will be notified as soon as the Admissions Committee has made its decision (typically 4 weeks from the time an application is fully completed.)  The hard deadline for the fall is June 20, November 26for the spring, and March 29 for the summer semester.

Yes. There are three graduate level nursing courses in the DNP program available for non-matriculated students:

  • NURS 5336 Health Care Systems (Spring semester)
  • NURS 5432 Statistical Methods (Fall semester)
  • NURS 5421 Advanced Pathophysiology (Fall semester)

To register, students must complete the online Graduate Non-Matriculated Student form. 

Yes, students have the option of attending on a part-time basis.

Stockton may accept up to 9 credits that sufficiently match corresponding Stockton courses, provided that the grade earned is a 3.0 (B) or better. Clinical courses are exempt from transfer.

A Graduate Transfer Equivalency Form must be submitted at the time of application when requesting transfer credits. Any other transfer requests should be submitted to the student's advisor for prior approval, but in all cases no later than the first semester following admission to the program.

 


Lori Prol, PhD, APN, FNP-BC, CNE
Coordinator, Graduate Nursing Programs
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Apply today. If you have further questions you can Request More Information or call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.