The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest professional level of nursing practice and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care to diverse populations.Nurses, who wish to continue their areas of advanced practice, administration or staff development, may consider the DNP option.
This DNP program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and was approved by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning for implementation fall 2009.In the DNP program, you will gain the tools you need to excel in any advanced practice nursing setting. By the end of the program, you will be able to:
The DNP program is supported by the Mississippi Educational Consortium for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (MECDNP), which includes the following schools, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Mississippi University for Women and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Clinical practicum experience offers students the opportunity to develop and synthesize the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate doctoral-level competency in a specialized nursing practice area. The clinical practicum requirement for the DNP program meets the AACN requirement of 1,000 clinical hours. In the post-masters program, students spend at least 500 hours in meeting the clinical practicum requirements, depending upon the transferable clinical hours from the student’s master’s education. The practice hours include those required to complete the capstone inquiry.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing requires that DNP graduates have at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience. The DNP program has practicum hours, residency hours and capstone hours that make up this total. Post-master’s DNP students who have advanced practice RN licensure may have up to 500 transferrable clinical hours from their MSN program.