Columbia University School of Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Post Baccalaureate and Post Master's


Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for fully accountable comprehensive practice with patients across sites and over time. With the increasing scope of clinical scholarship in nursing and the growth of scientific knowledge in the discipline, doctoral level education is required for independent practice. The curriculum includes content which enables the graduate to conduct complex diagnostic and treatment modalities, utilize sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral and clinical sciences. The Residency and portfolio provide mastery and evidence of competency achievement.

Given the complexity of care, growth of information and biomedical technology, an aging and increasingly diverse population, and worsening disparities in care, the need for a DNP program to prepare clinicians to fill the growing societal need for expert clinicians is timely and necessary.

The post baccalaureate program is 3 years in duration. The first 5 semesters focus on the advanced practice coursework and clinical which vary across the different specialties. In the remaining 3 didactic semesters, the curriculum is offered as a Friday Cohort followed by a mentored and supervised, 1-2 semester-long residency experience.

The post master's program is 2 years in duration and is offered as a Friday Cohort for 4 semesters followed by a mentored and supervised, 1-2 semester-long residency experience.

In the residency, students master the Columbia University DNP Competencies in Comprehensive Care. The residency must be in an approved setting which may or may not be in the New York metropolitan area.

The Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is Susan Doyle-Lindrud, DNP APN.

Admission

Admission
Nurses are able to apply to the DNP program as a post-BSN graduate or post-Master's graduate. The admissions requirements vary by program and have different deadlines.

Post-BSN Entry

  • Begins every summer
  • Class days vary based on specialty area, students have the option of a fast-track full time program or a slow track part-time program
  • New York State Registered Nurse license or eligibility
  • Applicants must select a Master’s specialty on the application
  • Applications are reviewed by both the Master’s and the DNP Admissions Committees
  • Application deadline is January 15

Executive Post-Master’s Entry

  • Begins every fall
  • Courses are offered Fridays only, allowing nurses to practice while in the doctoral program.
  • Current professional certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Master's degree in advanced nursing practice from an NLN or CCNE accredited program
  • Applicants should have successfully passed graduate-level pharmacology, advanced physiology, physical assessment, and health policy.
  • Application deadline is March 1

Admissions Requirements for ALL applicants:

  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential; one of the references must be from a professional colleague
  • Satisfactory score on the GRE
  • Case study that represents applicant's level of clinical expertise in the provision of care
  • Prerequisite (C or better): Statistics within 5 years
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Applicants will be selected for an interview with the Admissions Committee

 

Admission criteria include:

  • New York State license as Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse or eligibility
  • Current professional certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Master's degree in advanced nursing practice from an NLN or CCNE accredited program
  • Relevant experience in advanced practice nursing
  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential, including one from professional colleague
  • Satisfactory score on the GRE (score must be 5 years old or less)
  • Case study that represents applicant's level of clinical expertise in the provision of care
  • Prerequisite (C or better): Statistics within 5 years
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

The above Admission Criteria are current as of 04/24/2009 and are subject to change at any time.

Curriculum

Support Core Courses   Credits
N9300 Comparative Quantitative Research Design and Methodology I 3
N9400 Practice Management 2
N9412 Informatics for Advanced Practice 3
N9538 Advanced Seminar in Clinical Genomics 2
N9600 Legal and Ethical Issues 3
N9672 Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health 3
N9910 Translation and Synthesis of Evidence for Optimal Outcomes 3
  Total Support Core 19
Clinical Core Courses    
N9480 Chronic Illness Management 2
N9700 Residency for Doctor of Nursing Practice 5-10
N9700 Residency for Doctor of Nursing Practice 5-10
N9710 Doctor of Nursing Practice I 2
N9711 Doctor of Nursing Practice II 2
N9714 Field Experience: Doctor of Nursing Practice I 1
N9715 Field Experience: Doctor of Nursing Practice II 1
N9717 Seminar: Doctor of Nursing Practice 1
N9718 Seminar: Doctor of Nursing Practice I 1
N9719 Seminar: Doctor of Nursing Practice II 1
  Total Clinical Core 21
  Total Credits 40

The above information is current as of 10/2012 and is subject to change.

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