Curriculum

A curriculum designed to develop leaders.

You’re not just after a degree — you want the expertise, knowledge, and experience that can put you in a position to make real change in your life and in the industry. Misericordia University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a practice-focused doctoral degree that equips advanced practice clinicians with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in organizational change and health policy.

As a catalyst for improved healthcare delivery in an inter-professional environment, the program is designed to combine theory, practice and inquiry to help foster the highest level of mastery to help you meet the nation’s and world’s increasingly complex healthcare needs.

Laura Lunger

“We give students the individualized attention they need to be successful — even in the online setting.”

— Laura Lunger, MSN, CRNP, NP-c, Assistant Professor

Our online DNP program is designed to accommodate the needs of busy healthcare professionals and in response to growing national demand for advanced practice nurses prepared at the doctoral level.

The online DNP curriculum features 27 credits coursework structured around the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. This includes 500 practice hours of experiential learning, which culminates in the completion of an evidence-based practice clinical capstone project.

If you choose to add a specialization in nursing education to your online DNP, you’ll complete a total of 36 credits and 500 practice hours with an additional 50 practicum hours.

BSN-DNP Program Curriculum – Family Nurse Practitioner

Practice Hours: 500 | Clinical Hours: 630 | Credits: 68

Year One

26 Credits

NSG 527Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3 Credits
NSG 528Advanced Physical Ex and Dx Reasoning3 Credits
DNP 800Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role3 Credits
NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care3 Credits
DNP 802Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy3 Credits
DNP 803 Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for Diverse Populations3 Credits
NSG 690Primary Care OCI I (FNP and AGPCNP tracks)1 Credit
NSG 529Introduction to Clinical Management of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing4 Credits
DNP 807Transformation of Health Care Through Informatics & Patient Care Technology3 Credits

Year Two

19 Credits

NSG 613Acute Episodic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults3 Credits
NSG 614Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults3 Credits
NSG 615 Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults4 Credits
NSG 616Evidenced-Based Research Utilization for Advanced Practice Nursing3 Credits
NSG 617Women’s Health3 Credits
NSG 618Clinical Management of Women’s Health2 Credits
NSG 691Primary Care OCI II (FNP and AGPCNP tracks)1 Credit

Year Three

23 Credits

NSG 619Health of Children4 Credits
NSG 620Clinical Management of Children’s Health2 Credits
NSG 612AAdvanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis3 Credits
DNP 801 Analytical Methods & Scholarship of Inquiry 3 Credits
NSG 612AAdvanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis3 Credits
DNP 804Financial Management & Grant Writing3 Credits
DNP 805Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone I3 Credits
DNP 806Leadership, System Management & Collab. Practice3 Credits
DNP 808Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II3 Credits

BSN-DNP students receive the MSN at the completion of the spring semester at the May graduation ceremony and are then board eligible.
Students then complete the final summer semester and graduates are awarded the DNP at the December graduation ceremony.

BSN-DNP Program Curriculum – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Practice Hours: 500 | Clinical Hours: 540 | Credits: 45

Year One

20 Credits

NSG 527Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3 Credits
NSG 528Advanced Physical Ex and Dx Reasoning3 Credits
DNP 800Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role3 Credits
NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care3 Credits
DNP 802Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy3 Credits
NSG 690Primary Care OCI I (FNP and AGPCNP tracks)1 Credit
NSG 529Introduction to Clinical Management of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing4 Credits

Year Two

19 Credits

NSG 613Acute Episodic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults3 Credits
NSG 614Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults3 Credits
NSG 615 Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults4 Credits
NSG 616Evidenced-Based Research Utilization for Advanced Practice Nursing3 Credits
NSG 691Primary Care OCI II (FNP and AGPCNP tracks)1 Credit
NSG 617Women’s Health3 Credits
NSG 618Clinical Management of Women’s Health2 Credits

Year Three

6 Credits

NSG 612AAdvanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis3 Credits
NSG 622Evidence-Based Practice Synthesis 3 for APRN (Capstone)3 Credits

BSN-DNP students receive the MSN at the completion of the spring semester at the May graduation ceremony and are then board eligible.
Students then complete the final summer semester and graduates are awarded the DNP at the December graduation ceremony.

MSN-DNP Program Curriculum

Practice Hours: 1,000* | Credits: 27

*By choosing our MSN to DNP track, you will be awarded 500 practice hours upon verification of national APRN Board Certification. You will also have 1,000 total practice hours upon graduation

Year One

18 Credits

DNP 800Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role3 Credits
DNP 801 Analytical Methods & Scholarship of Inquiry 3 Credits
DNP 803 Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for Diverse Populations3 Credits
DNP 804Financial Management & Grant Writing3 Credits
DNP 806Leadership, System Management & Collab. Practice3 Credits
DNP 807Transformation of Health Care Through Informatics & Patient Care Technology3 Credits

Year Two

9 Credits

DNP 802Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy3 Credits
DNP 805Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone I3 Credits
DNP 808Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II3 Credits

MSN-DNP Program Curriculum — Nursing Education

Practice Hours: 1,000* | Credits: 36

*By choosing our MSN to DNP track, you will be awarded 500 practice hours upon verification of national APRN Board Certification. You will also have 1,000 total practice hours upon graduation

Year One

18 Credits

DNP 800Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role3 Credits
DNP 801 Analytical Methods & Scholarship of Inquiry 3 Credits
DNP 803 Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for Diverse Populations3 Credits
DNP 804Financial Management & Grant Writing3 Credits
DNP 806Leadership, System Management & Collab. Practice3 Credits
DNP 807Transformation of Health Care Through Informatics & Patient Care Technology3 Credits

Year Two

18 Credits

DNP 802Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy3 Credits
DNP 810Teaching-Learning Strategies3 Credits
DNP 805Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone I3 Credits
DNP 815Curriculum Design3 Credits
DNP 820Nursing Education Practicum3 Credits
DNP 808Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II3 Credits

DNP 810 Teaching-Learning Strategies may be taken concurrently with DNP 803 Advanced Bio Medical Ethics and Healthcare Policy.
DNP 815 Curriculum Design and DNP 820 Nursing Education Practicum may be taken concurrently with DNP 805 Capstone Project I.
DNP 820 Nursing Education Practicum hours do not count toward DNP degree practice hour requirement.