Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

One Common Core – Multiple Paths to Success

RNs seeking to advance in their career now have a flexible way to develop their expertise to become a nurse practitioner or nursing educator, leading to advance practice roles. Our post-baccalaureate degree programs now share a common 24-credit core curriculum—12 credits of graduate core and 12 credits of advanced nursing science core which includes advanced patho, pharm, and physical assessment—the foundation for your subsequent 18-credit chosen area of specialization. Once you complete your first degree objective, you can apply for a program to be certified in another specialty.

Advance your practice with our renowned Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

Pace’s Family Nurse Practitioner program offers a 42-credit Master’s of Science degree, and a 78-credit advanced standing FNP-DNP. This allows you to begin practice as a FNP, or if you are already a master’s prepared FNP, to apply to continue on and complete additional courses for your FNP-DNP. Pace also offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue family nurse practitioner studies (36 credits), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice through family nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis).

·         A unique blend of online and on-campus classes, and individually precepted clinical practicum hours in diverse healthcare settings.

·         A leader in the field—Pace’s FNP was one of the first programs of its kind to focus on family and primary healthcare and prepare you for the FNP role.

·         Our FNP program will prepare you to deliver evidence-based, culturally competent primary healthcare to individuals within the context of family and community.

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNP-DNP) Program

Prepare yourself to be a clinical leader in primary healthcare with Lienhard’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.

Our DNP graduates are sought by top area facilities as they assume leadership roles in primary healthcare delivery, with the necessary expertise to manage the complexity of new models of care.

·         Executive format—Allows you to maintain your career trajectory while completing your degree in three years with five on-campus meetings per semester.

·         Opportunities—You’ll have the opportunity to be published internationally before graduation.

·         Innovative curriculum—Meets the eight essential areas identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for the DNP.

·         Highly interactive and technologically advanced—Hybrid model of online and in-person coursework creates a regular feedback loop throughout the learning process and educates graduates whose practice incorporates the meaningful use of health information technology.

 

DNP Bridge Program

Although the Pace FNP-DNP Program is designed for family nurse practitioners (FNPs), Pace now has an option for primary care, adult, pediatric, geriatric, and women’s health nurse practitioners with master’s degrees who wish to obtain FNP certification as an FNP-DNP. If you are interested in this option, you will need to meet with the FNP-DNP Program Director who will conduct a gap analysis to determine what additional clinical courses and precepted clinical hours will be required.


 

Common Core

 

Graduate Nursing Core

Credits

NURS 801

Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing

3

NURS 802

Leadership for Advanced Nursing

3

NURS 803

Advanced Nursing in Primary Health Care

3

NURS 804

Scholarly Inquiry in Advanced Nursing

3

 

Advanced Nursing Science Core

 

NURS 681

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses

3

NURS 682

Clinical Pharmacology for Prescribing Advanced Practice Nurses

3

NURS 640

Advanced Physical Assessment

(60 clinical lab hours)

4/2

lab hours 60

Total Common Core credits

 

24

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization**

 

 

Credits

 

Common Graduate Core

24

Family Nurse Practitioner 

 

18

NURS 650

Advanced Theory and Practice I for Family Nurse Practitioners

6

NURS 660

Advanced Theory and Practice II for Family Nurse Practitioners

6

NURS 671

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (110 clinical hours)

1.2

NURS 672

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (110 clinical hours)

1.2

NURS 673

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (110 clinical hours)

1.2

NURS 674

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV (110 clinical hours)

1.2

NURS 675

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum V(110 clinical hours)

1.2

Total Credits

Master’s Degree Conferral 42 credits

 

 

 

 

Advanced DNP

 

 

 

MS* in nursing with family nurse practitioner specialization

42

NURS 830       

Health Care Policy: Strategic Action

3

NURS 840       

Teaching and Learning in Advanced Practice Nursing

3

NURS 860       

EBP Methods & Techniques                                                                             

3

NURS 870       

Health Care Economics and Finance for Advanced Practice Nursing 

3

NURS 880       

Technology and Information Systems for Advanced Practice Nursing

3

NURS 900A    

Mentorship IA: Doctoral Project       (1 seminar/ 2 clinical 140 hours)

3

NURS 900B   

Mentorship IB: Doctoral Project       (1 seminar/ 2 clinical 140 hours)                                                          

3

NURS 850     

Ethical Choices and Legal Context for the Advanced Practice Nurse

3

NURS 910     

Mentorship II: Doctoral Project  (6/ 3 seminar & 3 clinical 170 hours)

6

 

 

 

Total Credits

FNP-DNP      78 minimum credits for conferral & 1000 supervised clinical hours

 

*NURS 803 & 804 required for all non-Pace graduates & Pace graduates who did not complete these courses in their curriculum

** Pace offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue family nurse practitioner studies (36 credits, and includes NURS 803, 804, 681, 682, 640, 650, 660, and 671-675), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice though family nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis). 

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Candidates for the DNP program must:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited master’s degree program in nursing
     
  • Have exceptional conceptual skills as evidenced by a writing sample
     
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in their master’s degree program in nursing, or equivalent professional experience
     
  • Be state certified and board eligible as a family nurse practitioner*
     
  • Have advanced practice nursing experience
     
  • Submit a 2-page essay with their application discussing personal goals for completing the DNP:
    • Student essays must be submitted in Arial or Times New Roman, 12 pt font size, with 1 inch margins, double-spaced
    • Student essays must have the applicant’s name and the title of her/his statement
       
  • Submit two letters of recommendation that describe the applicant’s (advanced) clinical practice, potential for achievement in graduate study, and potential for professional achievement.  The letters of recommendation should address the applicant’s intellectual ability, ability to work with others, ability in written and oral expression, maturity, initiative/independence, and creativity/originality.
     
  • Submit a current professional resume

*Although the Pace DNP program is designed for family nurse practitioners, we now have an option for adult, pediatric, geriatric, and women’s health master’s prepared nurse practitioners who wish to obtain FNP certification as an FNP-DNP. If you are interested in this option, you will need to meet with the FNP-DNP Program Director who will conduct a gap analysis to determine what additional clinical courses will be required.

No standardized admission test (GRE or Miller Analogy) required.

WHEN DOES THE NEXT DNP CLASS START?

The next cohort of up to 24 DNP students will begin the program with a technology orientation and program orientation in July/August 2014 - exact date TBD - for fall 2014.  The deadline for completion and submission of applications is 3/1/14.**  Click here to apply.

IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT THE DNP

The DNP program is a part-time curriculum (up to six (6) graduate credits per semester) over three years, offered in an executive blended-learning format. This blended-learning community supports students’ knowledge acquisition through on-campus and online learning. Students meet on campus 5 times per semester, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with the remaining course work completed online. Classes will meet on Pace’s New York City downtown campus, at 163 William Street. This location is near City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge, and easily accessible by mass transit.  A computer with Internet accessibility is required for course work and communication.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION

1.  Applications for the DNP program are submitted online.  Click here to apply.

There is a $70 non-refundable application fee (check or money order), payable to Pace University.

2.  Transcripts

Please arrange for an official transcript to be sent from each academic institution that you attended to the Office of Graduate Admission.


**or until class is filled