Doctor of Nursing Practice
Hayley Lundeen, MSN '17, started her nursing career as a registered nurse working at an outpatient cardiology clinic in Provo, Utah – the same practice where she works as a cardiac nurse practitioner today.
I worked with nurse practitioners and was amazed at the autonomy they had with their patients. After working at the bedside in a cardiac ICU for nearly 12 years, I decided to go back to school to pursue my goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. I came to Indiana State University when I wanted to advance my nursing career as a nurse practitioner so I could practice at an expert level and provide the best care possible to my patients.
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 37-credit-hour post-master’s program requiring a total of 350 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.
- 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)
- The program offers curriculum compatible with students' individual interests and goals and is designed to meet the needs of the working healthcare professional. The DNP Program began in the Fall of 2010.
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, Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming, or International students.
Circumstances such as moving to an unapproved state or deployment of U.S. military or their family members outside the continental United States must be communicated to the appropriate department and will impact progression and/or completion of the degree.
**Students must complete 1,000 post-baccalaureate clinical/practicum hours as mandated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Clinical hours may be credited for students with evidence of national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice:
- Master’s prepared APRN (CNM, CRNA, CNS, NP): Up to 650 clinical hours with documentation from the master’s degree granting institution and proof of national certification DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper].
- Master’s prepared Advanced Practice Nurses with Advanced Certification, e.g. Advanced Public Health, Advanced Nurse Executive, etc.: Up to 650 clinical hours with evidence of documented academically supervised clinical hours with a 1:1 ratio being observed and proof of certification. American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015). DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper].
- 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. Variable credit, independent study courses facilitate degree completion for nurse educators.