Nursing Practice, DNP

College of Nursing

Program Description:

The College of Nursing offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Graduates of D.N.P. programs are experts in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating clinical care and health care delivery systems and are prepared to lead at the highest clinical executive ranks. This program’s focus is on the care of vulnerable, rural, and underserved populations.

Graduates of the D.N.P. program will be able to:

  1. Critically examine research and scholarship to support evidence-based clinical practice.
  2. Design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes and systems for health care delivery.
  3. Influence health policy at institutional, local, state, and national levels.
  4. Provide leadership and management of transdisciplinary team performance and outcomes in clinical patient care units and health systems.
  5. Develop interdisciplinary standards.
  6. Formulate strategies to maximize health in patient populations and to resolve health care dilemmas.
  7. Reduce health care delivery disparities.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) doctoral degree is designed for individuals in senior leadership roles who seek to lead complex clinical systems. The Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership (NEOL) concentration provides a curriculum that leads to a DNP for students who enter the program with a BSN and a Master’s Degree in a related field (MBA, MPH, PHA, MSA) or an MSN. Graduates of the NEOL concentration will be experts in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating clinical care and health care delivery systems and will be prepared to lead at the highest clinical executive ranks.

The NEOL concentration has the following requirements:

NURS 620

Advanced Health Care Statistics I

3

NURS 702

Applied Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NURS 703

Applied Clinical Research in Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NURS 705

The Business and Policy of Practice & Their Influence on the U.S. Health Care System

3

NURS 706

Organizational Systems and Quality Management for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NURS 725

Principles of Advanced Nursing Management

3

NURS 726

Leading Organizational Change

3

NURS 727

Health Care Innovations and Informatics

3

NURS 795

Advanced Nursing Practice Residency

3

NURS 796

D.N.P. Capstone Seminar

1

NURS 797

D.N.P. Capstone Project

5-6


Elective

3


Total Credits for NEOL Concentration

36-37


550-700 Clinical/Practice Hours*


* This reflects clinical hours earned in D.N.P. program; student’s total clinical hours dependent on prior Master's clinical/practice hours.

Clinical D.N.P Concentration-Program of Study:

Summer:

N702: Applied Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practic(3)

N715: Genetics and Genomics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) 

N727: Health Care Innovations and Informatics (2 Didactic/1 Clinical) (3)

N797: DNP Capstone Project (1)

N720: Etiology and Management of Complex Health and Illness in Rural Health (2 Didactic/1 Clinical)   (3)

FALL:

N620: Health Care Statistics 1(3)

N705: The Business and Policy of Practice and Their Influence on the U.S. Health Care System(3)

N796: DNP Capstone Seminar(1)

Elective(s)  (3)

N795: Residency * (1-3)

N797: DNP Capstone Project (1)

Spring:    

N703: Applied Clinical Research in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

N706: Organizational systems and Quality Management for Advanced Nursing Practice (Ethics and leadership are part of this class)(3)

N797: DNP Capstone Project (1)

N795: Residency * (1-3)

N797: DNP Capstone Project (1)



Admission Requirements:

Application Deadlines:

  Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership (NEOL) Concentration applications are accepted on a rolling admission process October through April. The program begins in     the summer.

 Clinical Concentration applications are accepted only once in a calendar year. The program begins in the summer. The D.N.P. Clinical Concentration application deadlines are noted on the College of Nursing Web site.  

    Exceptions to any concentration admission criterion (see below) are considered on an individual basis and are at the discretion of the D.N.P. program committee recommendations with approval by the Academic Dean. 

Once admitted, students must fulfill the UNM Health Sciences Center’s (HSC) and College of Nursing deadlines during the first semester, including, but not limited to, immunization records, urine drug screen, background screenings, life support certifications, Bloodborne Pathogens and HSC HIPAA trainings.

Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership Concentration Admission Criteria:

  • Must have either a B.S.N. or a Master’s degree in a related field (M.B.A., M.P.A., M.P.H., M.S.A.), or a Master's degree in Nursing with a Nurse Administration or related concentration (informatics, health policy, clinical, etc.), and have at least three years of progressive management experience, or the equivalent as determined by the application committee.
  • Applicants who do not meet the M.S.N. in Nursing Administration requirement will be admitted to the NEOL D.N.P. program predicated on passing a compressive exam by the end of the first semester. Should the student not pass the examination, they will be required to complete an Independent Study designed to address areas for improvement identified in the examination.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the master’s level (with a 3.5+ GPA preferred).

  • Minimum of three years in progressive nursing management or leadership practice management.

  • Must have a graduate level inferential statistics course within the past five years or complete one within the program of studies.

  • Current and unencumbered RN license from one of the 50 U.S. states or territories; if an advanced practice nurse or certified in a nursing specialty, a copy of your advanced practice license or certification must be submitted.

  • Must agree to sign a commitment to enroll in the program of studies course sequencing based on terms and must participate in the required annual D.N.P. residency week held on campus the summer term of each year.

  • Personal interview will be arranged and can be in person or by phone or Web based conferencing.

  • A letter of intent which specifies career goals and a clear statement of how the D.N.P. will advance the applicant’s executive administrative practice

  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume. 

  • Submission of either a 2-3 page scholarly document with a description or an example of a specific health care administrative problem that the applicant would like to see changed (preferably the D.N.P. Project idea), or a 1st authored scholarly publication.

  • Three references from those who know the applicant’s work best and can comment on the applicant’s abilities to succeed in a higher level and advanced nursing executive role. These may be from a professor, supervisor, or colleague (no more than one may be from colleagues).

  •  Official transcripts from each college or university attended

  • Must have pre-arranged practice site(s) for the residency and capstone courses, and meet all clinical clearances and liability of those site(s). All practice sites, liabilities and clearances must be obtained by end of first term of enrollment.

Clinical Concentration Admission Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school or university. (RN’s with baccalaureate degree in non-nursing fields are considered on an individual basis).

  • Have a Master’s degree as an Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist from a nationally accredited program.   

  •  Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in nursing courses at the master’s level.

  • Possess a current and unencumbered, Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice or Midwifery license from the state in which they will be completing their practicum, and submit these with their applications.

  • Possess current national certification in their specialty, and a copy must be submitted with the application.   

  • Agree to sign a commitment to enroll in the program of study with course sequencing, and must participate in the required annual D.N.P. residency week held on campus the summer semester of each year.

  • Participate in a personal interview (to be arranged by the D.N.P. Program Admissions Committee and may be in person, by phone or via web conference).

  • Submit a letter of intent which specifies short and long term professional goals, and a clear statement of how the D.N.P. will advance your clinical nursing practice.

  • Include a current CV/resume. 

  •  Include a 2-3 page essay that identifies a system or population focus and related health problem area that you intend to address as part of your D.N.P. program of scholarship.

  •  Include three professional references from those who know your work well and can comment on your abilities to succeed in doctoral education and an advanced leadership role. At least one must be from an individual who has evaluated your work in the past, such as a professor or supervisor.

  • Include official transcripts from each college or university ever attended.


Career Opportunities:

Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. Nurses may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and varied roles. 

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Nurses may be licensed in more than one State, either by examination or by the endorsement of a licensed issued by another State. Nursing programs range from associate degrees to graduate level programs; higher degrees typically involve a broader and more complex scope of patient care. UNM offers a variety of degree options at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. 


Contact Information:

Jeri Belsher: Academic Advisor
(505) 272-4223
jbelsher@salud.unm.edu