Doctor of Nursing Practice | Curriculum

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program has two-entry options: Post-Baccalaureate (BSN) and Post-Master’s (MSN) for Advanced Practice Nurses. There are five areas of specialty focus for Post-BSN students: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) and Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovations (NELI).

Visual display of course credit hour allocations are standardized by lecture/didactic hours, seminar hours, clinical/lab hours in the following format: 4 sh (2,0,2). Contact hours per credit hour will be a ratio as follows: lecture/didactic 1:1, seminar 2:1, and clinical/lab 3:1.

Nurse Practitioner (AGNP, FNP, PNP, or PMHNP)
Post-BSN Full Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
         
Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 10
         
1 Spring NRDNP-856 Adv Clin Assess Reasoning 6 (5,0,1)
    NRDNP-842 Advanced Pharmacology 4 (4,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 10
         
1 Summer NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-864 Advanced Care Management I 6 (0,2,4)
      Total Semester Hours 9
         
2 Fall NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-865 Adv Care Management II 6 (0,2,4)
      Total Semester Hours 9
         
2 Spring NRDNP-866 Advanced Care Management III 6 (0,2,4)
    NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and Irb 3 (3,0,0)
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 12
         
2 Summer NRDNP-848B Role Practicum 7 (2,0,5)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
3 Fall NRDNP-890 Residency 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 9
         
3 Spring NRDNP-846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency 6 (0,0,6)
      Total Semester Hours 9
         
      Total Credit Hours (minimum) 75 (40,7,28)
Nurse Practitioner (AGNP, FNP, PNP or PMHNP)
Post-BSN Part Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
         
Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
1 Spring NRDNP-846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
1 Summer NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
2 Fall NRDNP-838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
2 Spring NRDNP-856 Adv Clin Assess Reasoning 6 (5,0,1)
    NRDNP-842 Advanced Pharmacology 4 (4,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 10
         
2 Summer NRDNP-864 Advanced Care Management I 6 (0,2,4)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
3 Fall NRDNP-865 Advanced Care Management II 6 (0,2,4)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
3 Spring NRDNP-866 Advanced Care Management III 6 (0,2,4)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
3 Summer NRDNP-848B Role Practicum 7 (2,0,5)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
4 Fall NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
4 Spring NRDNP-890 Residency 5 (0,0,5)
      Total Semester Hours 5
         
4 Summer NRDNP-890 Residency 4 (0,0,4)
      Total Semester Hours 4
         
      Total Credit Hours (minimum) 75 (40,7,28)
Advanced Practice Nursing
Post-MSN Full Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
         
Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 10
         
1 Spring NRDNP-846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3 (3,0,0)
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency 1 (0,0,1)
      Total Semester Hours 10
         
1 Summer NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency 4 (0,0,4)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
2 Fall NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency 3 (0,0,3)
      Total Semester Hours 9
         
      Total Credit Hours (minimum) 36 (28,0,8)
Advanced Practice Nursing
Post-MSN Part Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
         
Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
1 Spring NRDNP-846 F Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
1 Summer NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
2 Fall NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency 1 (0,0,1)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
2 Spring NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency 2 (0,0,2)
      Total Semester Hours 5
         
2 Summer NRDNP-890 Residency 5 (0,0,5)
      Total Semester Hours 5
         
      Total Credit Hours (minimum) 36 (28,0,8)
Advanced Practice Nursing
Post-MSN Plan of Study for the DNP Degree for MUSC MSN graduates in the last five years:
         
Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
1 Spring NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and Irb 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency 4 (0,0,4)


(180 clinical hrs. 12 hr. week)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
1 Summer NRDNP-890 Residency 4 (0,0,4)


(180 clinical hrs. 12 hr. week)
      Total Semester Hours 4
      Total Credit Hours 17 (9,0,8)
Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovations
Post-BSN Full Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
 
           
Year Semester Course Credit Hours Clinical Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-892 Executive Role Management I 4 (1,0,3) 135
      Total Semester Hours 10  
           
1 Spring NRDNP-846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 9  
           
1 Summer NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-828 Delivery Sys Supp Hlth Improve 3 (2,0,1) 45
      (45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)    
    NRDNP-893 Executive Role Management II 5 (1,0,4) 180
      Total Semester Hours 11  
           
2 Fall NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)  
    NRDNP-832 Legal/Risk Mgmt Negotiation 3 (2,0,1) 45
      (45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)    
      Total Semester Hours 10  
           
2 Spring NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-834 Strat Lead, Innov & Entrepren 3 (2,0,1) 45
      (45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)    
    NRDNP-894 Executive Role Management III  4 (1,0,3) 135
      (135 practicum hours-approx 9 hrs/wk)    
      Total Semester Hours 10  
           
2 Summer NRDNP-831 Advanced Financial Management 3 (2,0,1) 45
      (45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)    
    NRDNP-890E Residency(180 hours- approx 12 hrs/wk) 4 (0,0,4) 180
      Total Semester Hours 7  
           
3 Fall NRDNP-890E Residency 5 (0,0,5) 225
      Total Semester Hours 5  
           
      Total Credit Hours (minimum) 62 (39,0,23) 1035
Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovations
Post-BSN Part Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
 
           
Year Semester Course Credit Hours  Clinical Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-892 Executive Role Management I 4 (1,0,3)  
      Total Semester Hours 7  
           
1 Spring NRDNP-846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy and Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
1 Summer NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-828 Delivery Sys Supp Hlth Improve 3 (2,0,1)  


(45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
2 Fall NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 7  
           
2 Spring NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and Irb 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
2 Summer NRDNP-831 Advanced Financial Management 3 (2,0,1)  


(45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)  
    NRDNP-893 Executive Role Management II 5 (1,0,4)  
      Total Semester Hours 8  
           
3 Fall NRDNP-832 Legal/Risk Mgmt Negotiation 3 (2,0,1)  
    NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)  


(45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
3 Spring NRDNP-834 Strat Lead, Innov & Entrepren 3 (2,0,1)  


(45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)  
    NRDNP-894 Executive Role Management III 4 (1,0,3)  
      Total Semester Hours 7  
           
3 Summer NRDNP-890E Residency 4 (0,0,4)  


(135 practicum hours-approx 9 hrs/wk)  
      Total Semester Hours 4  
           
4 Fall NRDNP-890 Residency 5 (0,0,5)  


(135 practicum hours-approx 12 hrs/wk)  
      Total Semester Hours 5  
           
    Total Credit Hours (minimum) 62 (39,0,23)  
Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovations
Post-MSN Full Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
 
           
Year Semester Course Credit Hours Clinical Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 10  
           
1 Spring NRDNP-846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 9  
           
1 Summer NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-828 Delivery Sys Supp Hlth Improve 3 (2,0,1) 45
      (45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)    
    NRDNP-831 Advanced Financial Management 3 (2,0,1) 45
      (45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)    
      Total Semester Hours 9  
           
2 Fall NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-832 Legal/Risk Mgmt Negotiation 3 (2,0,1) 45
      (45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)    
      Total Semester Hours 9  
           
2 Spring NRDNP-834 Strat Lead, Innov & Entrepren 3 (3,0,0) 45
    NRDNP-890E Residency (180 practicum hours-approx 12 hrs/wk) 4 (0,0,4) 180
      Total Semester Hours 7  
           
2  Summer NRDNP-890E Residency(225 practicum hours-approx 15-17 hrs/wk) 5 (0,0,5) 225
      Total Semester Hours 5  
           
      Total Credit Hours (minimum) 49 (36,0,13) 585
Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovations
Post-MSN Part Time Plan of Study for the DNP Degree
 
           
Year Semester Course Credit Hours Clinical Hours
1 Fall NRDNP-854 Scientific Underpinnings 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
1 Spring NRDNP-846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy and Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
1 Summer NRDNP-828 Delivery Sys Supp Hlth Improve 3 (2,0,1)  


(45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)  
    NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
2 Fall NRDNP-858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4 (4,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 7  
           
2 Spring NRDNP-862 Practice Inquiry and Irb 3 (3,0,0)  
    NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
2 Summer NRDNP-831 Advanced Financial Management 3 (2,0,1)  


(45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)  
    NRDNP-890E Residency 2 (0,0,2)  


(90 practicum hours-approx 9 hrs/wk)  
      Total Semester Hours 5  
           
3 Fall NRDNP-832 Legal/Risk Mgmt Negotiation 3 (2,0,1)  


(45 practicum hours-approx 3-5 hrs/wk)  
    NRDNP-890E Residency 3 (0,0,3)  


(90 practicum hours-approx 9 hrs/wk)  
      Total Semester Hours 6  
           
3 Spring NRDNP-834 Strat Lead, Innov & Entrepren 3 (2,0,1)  
    NRDNP-890E Residency 4 (0,0,4)  


(135 practicum hours-approx 12 hrs/wk)  
      Total Semester Hours 7  
           
    Total Credit Hours (minimum) 49 (36,0,13)