Doctor of Nursing Practice | Curriculum

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).There are two program options for Post-MSN students: Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) and Lifespan Palliative Care (LPC).

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 (0,0,3)
    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 (42,6,27)
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 (20,6,27)
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)
Lifespan Palliative Care
Post-MSN 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-874 Palliative Care Management I 4 (0,2,2)
      Total Semester Hours 10
         
1 Summer NRDNP-836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-875 Palliative Care Mgmt II 4 (0,2,2)
    NRDNP-830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890  Residency 1 (0,0,1) 
      Total Semester Hours 11
         
2 Fall NRDNP-850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890  Residency 4 (0,0,4)
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
2 Spring NRPHD-708 Adv Health Policy and Advocacy 3 (3,0,0)
    NRDNP-890 Residency  5 (0,0,5)
      Total Semester Hours 8
         
      Total Credit Hours (minimum) 46 (28,4,14)
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)