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Dr. Stacey Smith

Dr. Stacey Smith, DNP '14

The faculty of the DNP program at ISU was a big support and guided me from the development of my research statement to the completion of an article describing my project that I will submit for publication to a nursing journal. I felt such a sense of pride when I received my DNP degree on May 3, 2014. This accomplishment has fostered a sense of responsibility in me to promote the professional growth of Advanced Practice Nurses to ensure excellence of care for our communities.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Indiana State University prepares nurses to be innovative leaders and environmental change agents to transform our healthcare delivery system. The DNP represents the highest level of preparation in nursing practice, broadening the graduate’s ability to process and translate new evidence into nursing practice.  This ability is essential to maximizing the safety and efficacy of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes.

  • The DNP program is a 39-credit hour post master’s program requiring a total of 1,000 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship*
  • Consistent with other DNP programs, there is no dissertation requirement. 
  • Students complete a DNP scholarly project based on their individual expertise and interests.

Distance Education Students Residing outside of Indiana:
Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education.  While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Indiana State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. Graduate Nursing Programs at Indiana State University are not available to residents of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming, or International students. 

Map of states in which graduate nursing programs are available.

U.S. students who are in approved U.S. Territories must carry their own malpractice insurance and provide Certificate of Insurance upon enrollment.  

*Beginning with the class admitted Fall 2017, the Indiana State University DNP requires the completion of 1000 clinical/practicum hours as mandated by American Association Colleges of Nursing. Waivers may be considered for the following with evidence of national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice:

  1. Master’s prepared APRN (CNM, CRNA, CNS, NP):  500 clinical hours with documentation of national certification American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015). DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper]. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/aacn-publications/white-papers/DNP-Implementation-TF-Report-8-15.pdf
  2. Master’s prepared Advanced Practice Nurses with Advanced Certification, e.g. Advanced Public Health, Advanced Nurse Executive, etc.:  Up to 500 clinical hours with evidence of documented academically supervised clinical hours with a 1:1 ratio being observed.  American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015). DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper]. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/aacn-publications/white-papers/DNP-Implementation-TF-Report-8-15.pdf
  3. Per AACN MSN Nurse Educators - will not have previous practicum hours waived. A longer program of study will be required to fulfill clinical practice hours.  

Program Outcomes   

Student Achievement Outcome Data

Application deadline

  • ​The application period for Spring 2018 is now open until August 31, 2017.

  • February 1 (Fall admission - August start)
  • September 1 (Spring admission - January start)

Admission

​Current Students

Maybe you see yourself in clinical instruction, involved in research, or perhaps continuing your current career with increased skill and greater awareness of the dynamic healthcare environment. If increased intellectual knowledge and career advancement are in your future, the Doctor of Nursing Practice may be right for you. Whatever your career path, Indiana State University will be there when you are ready to start your clinical doctorate.
The essential concepts of the DNP (The DNP Essentials) curriculum as approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, forms the basis of our program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
Our curriculum is compatible with your individual interests and goals, designed to meet the needs of the working professional and offers full-time and part-time plans of study. Our unique online learning format is user friendly and convenient and, unlike your many other competing priorities, is there when you have time.