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                      NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
                   PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A NEW DEGREE

New degree proposals must undergo all internal university review and approval steps
including those at the unit, college, and university levels before final submission to the
Office of the Provost [Provost@nau.edu] for approval. Prior to implementing a new
degree plan, it must be included on the ABOR Academic Strategic Plan which is
submitted by the Provost, generally in April of each academic year. Please work with
your Academic Dean and the Graduate Dean (for graduate programs) as you begin
working on your new degree program. A degree may not be implemented until the
Provost’s Office notifies the Dean that the program may be offered.

                          DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Level of Degree:     Undergraduate      Graduate

Proposed title of New Academic Plan Doctor of Nursing Practice

College/School: Health and Human Services

Academic Unit (if applicable): School of Nursing

Term and year when proposal becomes effective (i.e., Fall 2008): Fall, 2012

1. PURPOSE AND NATURE OF THE DEGREE PROGRAM
   Brief program description (This is a catalog type description of no more than 250
   words. Include the distinctive features of the program that make it unique.

   The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and the School of Nursing
   (SON) propose the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The
   American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2004) has mandated that all
   advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) be prepared at the doctoral level for
   entry into advanced nursing practice (ANP) by the year 2015. The MS has been the
   degree for specialized ANP (advanced nursing practice). With development of DNP
   programs, this new degree will become the preferred preparation for ANP (AACN,
   2006, p. 6).

   The DNP is designed for nurses holding a master’s degree (MS) and a national
   certification in an APRN specialty to obtain a terminal degree in nursing. The DNP
   builds on master’s education to provide expanded unique knowledge and expertise.
   These graduates will have a broader capability to provide high quality health care in
   a complex and increasingly strapped health care system. The DNP is a clinical
   doctorate with emphasis on expert clinical practice. The summative outcome is a
   scholarly project that demonstrates the integration and translation of research
   evidence to enhance clinical practice. As such, this is not a research doctorate.

   The current MS degree offered by the SON does not meet the DNP requirements.
   The DNP will require significant academic requirements beyond what is currently
   offered by the SON. Because MS degree graduates may still obtain nurse
   practitioner credentials including national certification, the option for receiving the MS
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   degree will be retained until such time that the DNP is mandated as the entry level
   for advanced practice registered nurses.

2. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT

   A. List the knowledge, competencies, and skills students should have when they
      graduate from the proposed degree program. Examples of program Learning
      Outcomes can be found at
      https://www4.nau.edu/assessment/resources/index.htm

       AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education is the guiding document of this
       initiative. This directive has been supported by the Commission on Collegiate
       Nursing Education (CCNE, 2008), the specialty accrediting body for the SON.
       The move to a clinical doctorate has also been endorsed by the major
       professional organizations that establish educational standards for nurse
       practitioners (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, 2004). The
       post-master’s DNP is designed based on the DNP candidate’s prior education,
       experience, and choice of specialization. Even though competencies for the DNP
       build and expand upon those attained through master’s study, students must
       achieve the same end-of-program DNP competencies. The curriculum is
       conceptualized as having eight foundational outcome competencies deemed
       essential for all graduates of a DNP program regardless of specialty focus. The
       Essentials of Doctoral Education (AACN, 2006) outlines and defines the eight
       foundational Essentials as follows:

       Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
       The DNP program prepares the graduate to integrate nursing science with
       knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and
       organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
       Graduates use science-based theories and concepts to determine the nature and
       significance of health and health care delivery phenomena, describe the actions
       and advanced strategies to enhance, alleviate, and ameliorate health and health
       care delivery phenomena as appropriate; and evaluate outcomes. The scientific
       underpinnings of this education reflect the complexity of practice at the doctoral
       level and the rich heritage that is the conceptual foundation of nursing (AACN,
       2006. p. 9).

       Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality
       Improvement and Systems Thinking
       Organizational and systems leadership are critical for DNP graduates to improve
       patient and healthcare outcomes. Doctoral level knowledge and skills in these
       areas are consistent with nursing and health care goals to eliminate health
       disparities and to promote patient safety and excellence in practice. These
       graduates are distinguished by their abilities to conceptualize new care delivery
       models that are based in contemporary nursing science and that are feasible
       within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives
       (AACN, 2006. p. 10).




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       Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-
       Based Practice
       DNP graduates engage in advanced nursing practice and provide leadership for
       evidence-based practice. This requires competence in knowledge application
       activities: the translation of research in practice, the evaluation of practice,
       improvement of the reliability of health care practice and outcomes, and
       participation in collaborative research (DePalma & McGuire, 2005). Therefore,
       DNP programs focus on the translation of new science, its application and
       evaluation. In addition, DNP graduates generate evidence through their practice
       to guide improvements in practice and outcomes of care (AACN, 2006, pp. 11-
       12).

       Essential IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care
       Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
       DNP graduates are distinguished by their abilities to use information
       systems/technology to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems,
       and provide leadership within healthcare systems and/or academic settings.
       Knowledge and skills related to information systems/technology and patient care
       technology prepare the DNP graduate to apply new knowledge, manage
       individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of patient
       care technology appropriate to a specialized area of practice. DNP graduates
       also design, select, and use information systems/technology to evaluate
       programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems (AACN, 2006, p. 12).

       Essential V: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
       DNP graduate has the ability to assume a broad leadership role on behalf of the
       public as well as the nursing profession. DNP graduates are prepared to design,
       influence, and implement health care policies that frame health care financing,
       practice regulation, access, safety, quality, and efficacy (IOM, 2001). Moreover,
       the DNP graduate is able to design, implement and advocate for health care
       policy that addresses issues of social justice and equity in health care. The DNP
       graduate has the capacity to engage proactively in the development and
       implementation of health policy at all levels, including institutional, local, state,
       regional, federal, and international levels. DNP graduates as leaders in the
       practice arena provide a critical interface between practice, research, and policy
       (AACN, 2006, p. 14).

       Essential VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and
       Population Health Outcomes
       DNPs have advanced preparation in the interprofessional dimension of health
       care that enable them to facilitate collaborative team functioning and overcome
       impediments to interprofessional practice. DNP graduates have preparation in
       methods of effective team leadership and are prepared to play a central role in
       establishing interprofessional teams, participating in the work of the team, and
       assuming leadership of the team when appropriate (AACN, 2006, p. 14).




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       Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the
       Nation’s Health
       DNP graduates have a foundation in clinical prevention and population health.
       This foundation will enable DNP graduates to analyze epidemiological,
       biostatistical, occupational, and environmental data in the development,
       implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health.
       Current concepts of public health, health promotion, evidence-based
       recommendations, determinants of health, environmental/occupational health,
       and cultural diversity and competency, global engagement and environmental
       sustainability guide the practice of DNP graduates. In addition emerging
       knowledge regarding infectious diseases, emergency/disaster preparedness, and
       intervention frame DNP graduates’ knowledge of clinical prevention and
       population health (AACN, 2006, p. 15).

       Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice
       DNP graduates are expected to demonstrate refined assessment skills and base
       practice on the application of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical,
       cultural, economic, and nursing science as appropriate in their area of
       specialization (AACN, 2006, p. 16).

       Emanating from these eight foundational Essentials, the program outcomes were
       developed for the post-master’s DNP. These programs outcomes are
       delineated in Table 1 in Appendix D and are mapped to the AACN Essentials
       and the DNP program of study.

   B. Describe the plan and methods to assess whether students have achieved the
      knowledge, competencies and skills identified in the Learning Outcomes.

       The SON Graduate Committee has input into the SON Program Evaluation Plan,
       specific to each graduate program degree and track. The SON Program
       Evaluation Committee will collect and analyze data specific to the DNP program
       as part of the overall program evaluation plan. The data analysis results will be
       brought before the SON Graduate Committee for interpretation, resulting in
       development and implementation of curricular improvements.

       A comprehensive program evaluation plan based on the AACN Essentials of
       Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice (2006) and CCNE accreditation
       standards is in place. The major summative measures for the post master’s DNP
       program are graduation rates, and faculty and graduates’ evaluation of
       achievement of program learning outcomes. The Graduate Committee analyzes
       summative and formative evaluations from students and stakeholders to apply to
       program improvement. Each year segments of the curriculum are assessed,
       evaluated and revised based on these evaluations.

       The faculty use data from peer reviews of faculty members and student
       evaluations of teaching and learning to facilitate the achievement of individual
       student learning outcomes. Every semester, faculty members conduct peer
       reviews and students are encouraged to anonymously complete evaluations of
       the course and the faculty who teach the course. These evaluations are used to
       improve and change courses.

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3. CURRICULUM OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM
   In this section, include general information on credit hours required, emphases,
   concentrations and/or tracks.

   The proposed DNP curriculum is designed to admit Master’s prepared certified
   APRNs in the following clinical specialties: nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner,
   nurse midwife, and clinical nurse specialist. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
   curriculum consists of a total of 71 credit hours. The DNP curriculum is based on a
   previous graduate curriculum (typically 44-60 credits), and expands the APRNs
   knowledge base to provide a solid foundation for advanced practice. Students may
   transfer up to 41 credit hours of coursework completed in their advanced practice
   specialty master’s degree. The 41 credit hours of coursework eligible include core
   course equivalents to NUR 510, 520, 530, 540, 560, 650, 675 and population-
   specific didactic and clinical courses required for national certification as an APRN.
   Acceptance of transfer credits is subject to approval by the SON Graduate
   Committee and the NAU Graduate College. Students must complete a minimum of
   30 credit hours of coursework at NAU that directly supports the DNP requirements.
   Following an analysis of prior academic credit, an individualized plan of study will be
   developed upon admission to the program. The DNP degree includes the following
   courses:

   NUR 510       (3)   Knowledge Development
   NUR 520       (3)   Applied Pathophysiology for APNs
   NUR 530       (3)   Advanced Principles of Evidence Based Practice
   NUR 540       (3)   Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
   NUR 560       (3)   Rural Theory and Health Policy
   NUR 650       (3)   Advanced Health Assessment
   NUR 660       (3)   Family Primary Care I
   NUR 661       (2)   Family Primary Care I Practicum (120 clinical hours)
   NUR 662       (3)   Family Primary Care II
   NUR 663       (5)   Family Primary Care II Practicum (300 clinical hours)
   NUR 664       (3)   Family Primary Care III
   NUR 665       (5)   Family Primary Care III Practicum (300 clinical hours)
   NUR 675       (2)   Advanced Roles Transition
   NUR 700*      (3)   Introduction to Doctor of Nursing Practice: Designing Theory and
                       Research Guided Models of Care
   NUR 677*      (3) Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nurses
   NUR 646*      (3) Epidemiology in Public Health
   NUR 701*      (3) Healthcare and Policy for Advanced Practice Nursing
   NUR 702*      (3) Healthcare Technology and Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing
   HS 643*       (3) Comparative Healthcare Systems
   NUR 703       (4-9) Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Practice
                       Clinical practicum (1000 hours with minimum of 240 hours completed at
                       NAU – could be up to 9 credits to allow for the total of 1000 clinical
                       hours)
   NUR 704*      (2) Scholarly Inquiry Doctoral Project Research
   NUR 705*      (3) Leadership for Advanced Practice Nurses in Clinical Practice
   NUR 706*      (3) Dissemination of Scholarly Inquiry Project for Advanced Practice Nursing
                       in Clinical Practice

   *Must be taken at NAU
   Total 71 credits (up to 76 credits)

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   It is anticipated that a minimum of 3 semesters of full-time equivalent, post-master’s
   study will be necessary to acquire the additional doctoral level competencies.

4. PROGRAM NEED: Explain why the university needs to offer this program (include
   target audience and market; discuss local, regional and national need for the
   program as well).

   The impetus for the NAU SON to develop this degree is in response to the adoption
   of the DNP by 2015 by the AACN. When the AACN published the plan that entry
   into advanced practice nursing would be at the level of the clinical doctorate by 2015,
   it was clear that all current Universities having advanced practice nursing programs
   would need to offer or add this degree and that current advanced practice nurses
   prepared at the master’s level would seek this terminal degree. As the DNP becomes
   the requisite level of preparation for nurse practitioners in 2015, we anticipate a
   transition to a post-BSN entry. Likewise, this will require a different curricular plan
   than is presented here.

   Approximately 180,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) are practicing in the USA and 3,612
   are practicing in Arizona. Nationwide, 9,300 NPs completed their academic program
   in 2010. Practices are diverse and varied among NPs with the greatest percentage
   prepared as family nurse practitioners (FNP) at 48.3%, followed by adult nurse
   practitioners (ANP) at 19.3%, women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNP) at 9% and
   pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP) at 8.5% (AANP, 2011). The majority of all NPs
   prescribe medications (96.5%) and 80% practice in at least one primary care site and
   another 30% practice in non-primary care sites such as inpatient units, emergency or
   other specialty services. These data support that the nurse practitioner role is well
   established in the health care industry (AANP, 2004). The proposed DNP program
   provides the terminal degree for current advanced practice nurses. DNP degree
   adds to the complexity of advanced nursing practice preparation and will enhance
   the capacity of current advance practice nurses prepared at the master’s level upon
   graduation.

   The SON builds upon its current reputation to develop innovative, future-oriented
   curricula that prepares value-added graduates for the 21st century to practice in rural
   areas. As such, the SON receives 5 to 10 inquiries per week from APRNs wishing to
   obtain the DNP. Since its establishment, the SON at NAU has been a key provider
   of baccalaureate and masters prepared nursing professionals to the state and the
   region, a leader in providing articulation programs (on campus and in rural
   communities) for upward mobility of associate degree prepared nurses, and has
   served as a resource to its communities of interest. Its programs, research, and
   services have become recognized for their contributions, and many of these
   initiatives have brought regional and national attention to NAU and Arizona. With our
   master’s program successfully on-line, a DNP program with on-line methodologies is
   a logical fit. This program will merge the knowledge gained by students in their
   previous advanced practice preparation with innovations in doctoral education.


5. IMPACT ON OTHER PROGRAMS. List other academic units that might be impacted
   by the proposed program and describe the potential impact (e.g., how the
   implementation of this program might affect student headcount/enrollment, student

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   recruitment, faculty participation, course content, etc. in other programs). Attach
   letters of collaboration/support from impacted programs.

   Courses offered in other departments, particularly those associated with cognates,
   will be accepted for the DNP with appropriate review and approval. For example, HS
   643 Comparative Healthcare Systems is offered in another department and meets
   the DNP program criteria and will be one of the core DNP courses. However, the
   majority of courses for the DNP do not have equivalents outside of the SON, thus the
   intent is to offer all courses with the exception of the course about comparative
   healthcare systems.


6. EXISTING PROGRAMS AT OTHER CAMPUSES
   1. For a non-duplicative program, provide a statement to the effect that there are no
        existing programs at other Arizona public universities that duplicate the proposed
        program.
   2. Other Institutions – If this program is currently offered at the same academic level
        by other Arizona public universities that duplicates the proposed program, list all
        programs and indicate why NAU should establish such a program.
   Arizona State University and the University of Arizona have programs for nurses who
   wish to add to their advanced practice credentials by obtaining a post–master’s DNP.
   Even with the increase in enrollment of nursing students over the last few years in
   the existing DNP programs in the State, the increasing complexity of health care
   combined with the lack of qualified faculty to teach nursing, will keep the existing
   nursing programs in the State of Arizona from making a significant impact on the
   need. As a concomitant shortage of qualified nursing faculty compounds the need for
   more highly qualified advanced practice nurses, DNPs may alleviate faculty
   shortages. This program is designed not only to increase the abilities of current
   clinicians in practice but to provide clinical faculty with qualifications to teach, since
   the limited number of qualified (certified, licensed, doctorally-prepared) faculty
   available to teach in this program will prevent programs from admitting the numbers
   of students they could be admitting to help ease the future demand.

   Health care is undergoing dramatic changes impacted by a profound growth in
   knowledge and technologies. Improving health care quality requires redesigning care
   processes, using health information technologies, improving care coordination,
   designing appropriate performance and outcome measures coupled with evaluating
   and responding to contextual factors such socio-economic indicators, ethnicity and
   differences between urban and rural healthcare systems. Fundamental change in
   health professions education also is needed to improve healthcare quality.
   Graduates need tools to manage knowledge and to support clinical decision making.
   Graduates also need skills to lead complex health system changes and to apply
   methodological rules successfully and evaluate and translate research and other
   evidence into quality, safe practice.




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7. PROJECTED ENROLLMENT. How many new students do you anticipate enrolling
   in this program each year for the next five years? Please utilize the following tabular
   format.

               5-YEAR PROJECTED ANNUAL ENROLLMENT

                   1st yr.      2nd yr.      3rd yr.     4th yr.      5th yr.

        No.          10           15          15           15           15

     Student

      Majors



8. ACCREDITATION OR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS (IF APPLICABLE).
   Provide the names of the external agencies for accreditation, professional
   licensing, etc. that guide your curriculum for this program (if any). Describe
   requirements for accreditation or licensing. If this new degree plans to seek
   NCATE designation, you must include a letter from the NAU NCATE
   administrator prior to college curricular submission.

   The baccalaureate and master’s programs offered in the School of Nursing hold
   current national accreditation by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing
   Education (CCNE) and approval by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN).

   Practice doctorate programs with the degree title Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
   are eligible to pursue accreditation by CCNE. DNP programs for advanced practice
   nurses who hold a national certification are required to demonstrate incorporation of
   The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP
   Essentials) (AACN, 2006). The proposed DNP meets these requirements.

   Institutions should notify CCNE as soon as possible that an institution is developing a
   DNP program. CCNE will be notified of the intent to develop a DNP program
   subsequent to CHHS approval of the proposed DNP. An accredited program is
   required to notify CCNE of any new nursing program or track or any other significant
   change no earlier than 90 days before the change but no later than 90 days after the
   change. CCNE will be notified within 90 days of approval of the DNP by the
   University Graduate Committee. With respect to implementation of a new DNP
   program, the notification must address the institution’s ability to continue to comply
   with the CCNE accreditation standards.

   The program does not require approval by the AZBN since graduates of the program
   already hold licensure and certification to practice as APRNs. A courtesy notification
   will be sent to AZBN upon approval of the program by the Arizona Board of Regents.



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    9. FACULTY and STAFF
       a. List the name, rank highest degree, area of specialization/expertise and estimate
          of the level of involvement of all current faculty members who will teach in the
          program.

            See the following table


Name              Rank                     Degree     Specialty           Expertise             % of
                                                                                                Effort
Angela Golden     Assistant Professor      DNP        FNP-C               Family Primary Care
                                                      CNS                 Informatics           20
                                                                          Health Policy
Karen Plager      Professor                DNSc       FNP-BC              Family Primary Care   20
                                                                          Family Theory
                                                                          Global Health
*Kathleen         Assistant Clinical       MS         FNP-C,              Family Primary Care   20
Timbers           Professor                           Psychiatric CNS     Mental Health
Janine            Assistant Clinical       DNP        WHNP-BC             Women’s Health        20
Saulpaugh         Professor                                               Community Health
Karine Crow       Associate Professor      PhD                            Research              20
                                                                          Public Health
                                                                          Global Health
                                                                          Transcultural
Mary              Assistant Clinical       PhD        RN-BC, C-TNP        Ambulatory Care       20
Greenberg         Professor                                               Telehealth,
                                                                          Public Health
Ilene Decker      Professor                PhD        ELNEC               Research              20
                                                                          Critical Care
                                                                          Palliative Care
Sally Doshier     Associate Professor      EdD        CNE                 Education             10
                                                                          Evidence-based
                                                                          Practice
Debera            Professor                DNS        FNP                 Research              10
Thomas                                                                    Primary Care

   * initially, some master’s-prepared faculty members may teach content and provide clinical
   practice oversight. Once a larger pool of DNP graduates becomes available, the faculty mix can
   be expected to shift toward predominantly doctorally-prepared faculty members.


       b. Administration of the program. Explain how the program will be administered
          for the purposes of admissions, advising, course offerings, etc. Discuss the
          available staff support.

                The DNP program will be a new graduate program in the SON and will be
                administered through the School of Nursing (SON) in the College of Health
                and Human Services (CHHS). It will be led by a program coordinator who
                reports through the current SON governance structure. The program will be
                governed by policies of the SON.



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          The SON and CHHS Offices of Student Services will assist faculty with
          marketing and recruitment directives, admission procedures, academic
          advisement, and distance learning processes for this program. The current
          SON support staff will assist with budget preparation and monitoring, program
          evaluation, and faculty support for course delivery. A request will be
          submitted to extended campuses and E-Learning Center for course
          development support. The process for on-line course development will link
          faculty with a team of consultants and an instructional designer. They will
          work together to embed pedagogical strategies into course design; enhance
          course access and navigation; and ensure assessment of student learning.
          All courses will receive a final quality review to ensure access, functionality,
          and the alignment of learning outcomes with assessment strategies.


10.    RESOURCES (necessary to launch and sustain the program)
       a. Describe any new resources required for this program’s success such as new
          faculty, support staff, new facilities, new library resources, new technology
          resources, etc.

         Coordinator: A program coordinator, one full-time equivalent (FTE) on a 10
         month contract, will be needed to develop and oversee the program. The
         primary duties of the new program coordinator include creating teaching
         materials, securing accreditation, applying for sources of external funding,
         marketing the program, creating policies, and conducting the first admissions
         cycle.

         Faculty: The education model for the DNP will evolve from our current
         master’s of science family nurse practitioner degree and certificate options.
         The nature of the curriculum in the SON is supported by faculty with a broad
         range of expertise includes a mix of doctorally-prepared research and clinical
         focused and master’s prepared practice focused faculty.

         As the DNP is a terminal degree, faculty who teach in the program will need to
         have earned a terminal degree. Faculty members teaching in DNP programs
         should represent diverse backgrounds and intellectual perspectives in the
         specialty areas for which their graduates are being prepared. In addition to
         faculty members who are nurses, faculty members in a DNP program may be
         from other disciplines.

         Faculty should develop and implement programs of scholarship that represent
         knowledge development from original research for some faculty and
         application of research in practice for others. Faculty, through their practice,
         provides a learning environment that exemplifies rapid translation of new
         knowledge into practice and evaluation of practice-based models of care.
         Therefore, initially, some master’s-prepared faculty members may teach
         content and provide clinical practice oversight. Once a larger pool of DNP
         graduates becomes available, the faculty mix can be expected to shift toward
         predominantly doctorally-prepared faculty members.



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         The current faculty is sufficient to support the delivery of courses for the DNP
         program.

         Support Staff: The current support staff is sufficient to support the post-
         master’s DNP program

         Facilities: No additional facilities are required for this program which will be
         delivered primarily on-line.

         Library Resources: Library holdings are sufficient to support the DNP
         degree. The SON enjoys a collaborative relationship with the Cline Library
         working to develop a balanced and current collection of electronic, media, and
         print materials supporting student and faculty research in nursing. The School
         of Nursing has an exceptional Resource Specialist Team that works directly
         with the program and faculty to ensure faculty and students have access to
         resources and maintains currency of the nursing collection. From a solid core
         collection of books and journals in nursing, health sciences, medicine and
         related disciplines, the Library has grown to include an excellent collection of
         resources including databases, e-books and journals. Each year the library
         extends support to the SON. Included are expanding the journals,
         continuation of or adding annuals and serial publications, and books.
         Additionally, the SON transferred grant funds to the library to acquire a
         number of e-resources supporting on campus and distance nursing research.

         Technology Resources: Technological resources are sufficient to support
         the DNP degree. Faculty support will be provided by Dr. Angela Golden who
         has been a key leader in the School’s effort to use technological resources
         and to establish distance learning programs. She demonstrates this
         leadership in the use, and assisting others in the use, of the web-based
         platforms to deliver instruction. In addition, Dr. Golden has led the way in
         integrating innovative multimedia approaches to instruction that create
         effective learning communities with students across the state and nation.


       b. Explain where you will get the resources to support this program.

         Coordinator faculty position. A request will be submitted to Provost to fund
         a tenure track line for an Assistant/Associate Professor.

         External funding opportunities. One of the primary responsibilities of the
         first hired DNP faculty, who will also act as program coordinator, will be writing
         a grant proposal to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
         of the US Department of Health and Human Services to seek support for
         continuing costs as enrollment increase costs. The grant would be developed
         highlighting our strong curriculum and would have a good chance for funding
         in a competitive environment.

       c. Complete the budget projection sheet (Appendix C) projecting the operating
          budget for the proposed unit for the next five years (to be included for Provost
          Submission, not required for UCC\YCC\UGC).

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                                         Appendix A

1. Admission Requirements The requirements listed below are Graduate College
   requirements. Please modify and/or expand if the proposed degree has additional admissions
   requirements.

       A. Degree. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or a graduate degree from a
          regionally accredited College or University of recognized standing in a related field
          such as
          Modify or expand, if applicable:

           Master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited University and a nationally
           accredited nursing program. If the institution and the program are outside of the US,
           equivalent accreditation standards must be met.

           Current national certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Nurse
           Anesthetist or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

            Current Registered Nurse License in good standing.

           Complete courses in the following area:

               1. Graduate descriptive and inferential statistics course from a college or
                  university with a grade of “B” or better.

               2. Graduate pathophysiology course from a college or university with a grade of
                  “B” or better.

               3. Graduate pharmacology course from a college or university with a grade of
                  “B” or better.

               4. Graduate physical assessment course from a college or university with a
                  grade of “B” or better.

           Recommendation from three professional persons knowledgeable about the
           applicant’s potential to work effectively in advanced professional and scholarly roles.

           A comprehensive statement about your experiences, interests and goals.

           Structured interview with faculty may be required.

       B. GPA. Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.0=A). Modify or expand, if
          applicable:


       C. English Proficiency Requirement for International Applicants. If applicable list
          any English proficiency requirements that are higher than and/or in addition to the
          Graduate College requirement. (See Graduate College website):

       D. Required Admission Examinations.
            GRE       GMAT         Millers Analogies                None Required


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  2. Application Review Terms. Indicate all terms for which applications for admissions are
     accepted and the corresponding application deadline dates, if any:
                           Fall        Deadline (month/year): February 1, 2012
                            Spring     Deadline (month/year):
                           Summer      Deadline (month/year):

  3. Academic Plan Requirements. Below provide the curricular requirements for the proposed
     plan.
         A. Total credit hours (credit hrs) required for the academic plan: 71
               (include supporting letters for courses to be completed in other units)

           B. Core courses. List all required core courses and total credit hours for the core
              (required courses other than internships, thesis, dissertation, capstone course, etc).

           Total credit hours for required core courses: 62

Course               Course title                                                        Credit     New
prefix &                                                                                 hours      course?
number
NUR 510         Knowledge Development                                                    3          Y     N
NUR 520         Applied Pathophysiology for APNs                                         3          Y     N
NUR 530         Advanced Principles of Evidence Based Practice                           3          Y     N
NUR 540         Pharmacology for Advanced Practice                                       3          Y     N
NUR 560         Rural Theory and Health Policy                                           3          Y     N
NUR 650         Advanced Health Assessment                                               3          Y     N
NUR 660         Family Primary Care I                                                    3          Y     N
NUR 661         Family Primary Care I Practicum (120 clinical hours)                     2          Y     N
NUR 662         Family Primary Care II                                                   3          Y     N
NUR 663         Family Primary Care II Practicum (300 clinical hours)                    5          Y     N
NUR 664         Family Primary Care III                                                  3          Y     N
NUR 665         Family Primary Care III Practicum (300 clinical hours)                   5          Y     N
NUR 675         Advanced Roles Transition                                                2          Y     N
*NUR 700        Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice: Designing                3          Y     N
                Theory and Research Guided Models of Care
*NUR 677        Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nurses                            3          Y     N
*NUR 646        Epidemiology in Public Health                                            3          Y     N
*NUR 701        Healthcare and Policy for Advanced Practice Nursing                      3          Y     N
*NUR 702        Healthcare Technology and Informatics for Advanced                       3          Y     N
                Practice Nursing
*NUR 705        Leadership for Advanced Practice Nurses in Clinical                      3          Y     N
                Practice
*HS 643         Comparative Healthcare Systems                                           3          Y     N
          Must be completed at NAU




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     C. Elective Courses
  Total credit hours for program electives: 0

          400-Level Courses. No more than 6 credit hours of 400-level coursework can be
  included on graduate student program of study.

                        1. Are 400-level NAU only courses allowed on student program of study for this
                           degree?        Yes              No
                        2. If yes, how many credit hours (maximum 6 units allowed)?

        D. Additional Requirements (if applicable). Provide a brief description of any additional
           requirements (e.g. internships, clinicals, field study, etc.)
               1000 hours of clinical practicum are required to meet degree requirements. A
               minimum of 240 hours must be completed at NAU – minimum credit hours are 4 and
               could be up to 9 credits to allow for the total of 1000 clinical hours)

             Total credit hrs for other required courses: 4-9

  List course information for any additional requirements (e.g. internships, clinicals, field study, etc.)

  Course                                             Course title                                    Credit       New course?
  prefix &                                                                                           hours
  number

NUR 703            Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Practice                                      4-9          Y          N

                                                                                                                  Y          N

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        E.         Total credit hours required for research (if applicable): 5


        F.       Culminating experience for the proposed plan (please check all that apply and
             provide requested information):

                                           Brief description of the applied project or            Course prefix              Credit
                          Required?           the capstone course, as applicable.                  and number                hours
Thesis
(master’s only)
Applied Project
(master’s only)
Capstone course
(master’s only)
Post-                                       Course will guide DNP scholarly inquiry                   NUR 704            2
Professional                                      data collection and analysis
                                             Project purpose is to improve practice                   NUR 706            3
                                               or patient outcomes. This course
                                             provides a focus on the dissemination
                                                of the scholarly practice inquiry.
Other (specify)


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   G. Please specify whether this academic plan includes emphases or
      concentrations_None_____________________

   H. Master’s program additional requirements (check all that apply):

            a.             Written comprehensive exam is required

            b.             Oral comprehensive exam is required

            c.             No oral comprehensive exam required

            d.             No oral comprehensive exam required

            e.              Thesis required. If checked, specify number of faculty on thesis
                            committee

   I.   Doctoral Program requirements Only (Indicate N/A if not required; see Academic
        Catalog for requirements.

        1. For Doctoral Degrees, indicate the Master’s Degree Credit Allowance: If
           approved by the student’s supervisory committee, specify how many credit hours
           from a previously awarded master’s degree to count towards the degree
           requirements for this doctoral program?

        Up to forty-one (41) credits will be accepted from the previously awarded master’s degree
        in nursing.

        2. For PhD/EdD Degrees, written /oral comprehensive exams are required per
            Graduate College policy. Please include any required timelines for successful
            passing of the comprehensive exams.

        Not required for the clinical doctorate

        3. For PhD/EdD Degrees, submission of a written dissertation prospectus and its
           oral defense are required. Please describe requirements and include any
           required timelines for successful defense of the prospectus. For clinical
           doctoral degrees, describe research/final project or equivalent requirements.

        Student is expected to participate in a real time final oral presentation (thesis defense) of
        the completed project/thesis with all committee members present. Faculty and students
        are invited to the defense. Student sets the date for the presentation/defense in
        collaboration with the chair and committee. Final oral presentation (defense) will be prior
        to granting the degree and in a time frame consistent with the Graduate College policies.
        NO final oral presentations will be scheduled during the following weeks of the semester:
           End of Term Week
           Finals Week

        4. Required Number Dissertation Committee Members: 3


        5. Foreign Language Exam/Alternative Requirement (PhD. Programs only).
                  Foreign Language Examination(s) required? Yes   No
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                        If yes, list all foreign languages required:

                        Describe Alternative Requirements (e.g., Research Competency)

             4. Course Prefix(es) Provide the following information for the proposed academic plan.

                        a. Will a new course prefix(es) be required for this new academic plan?

                            Yes      No

                b. If yes, specify new prefix (es).

             5. New Courses Required for Academic Plan. Provide course prefix, number, title,
                and credit hours and description for any new courses required for this degree
                program (Include timeline for development).


Course     Course          Course Title          Credit     Brief Description of Course      Timeline for
Prefix     Number                                Hours                                       Development
NUR           700    Introduction to the         3        Course emphasizes the               Fall, 2011
                     Doctor of Nursing                    innovative, research and
                     Practice: Designing                  practice-based roles of the
                     Theory and Research                  practice-based doctorate.
                     Guided Models of                     This course focuses on the
                     Care                                 application of theories and
                                                          research in nursing and other
                                                          disciplines to guide practice
                                                          and design transformative
                                                          models of health care.
NUR           677     Research Methods for       3        This course focuses on the          Fall, 2011
                      Advanced Practice                   elements of the research
                      Nurses                              process needed to generate
                                                          evidence.
NUR           701     Healthcare and Policy      3        Introduction to the dynamic         Fall, 2011
                      for Advanced Practice               political, organizational and
                      Nursing                             economic dimensions of
                                                          health care policy.
NUR           702     Healthcare                 3        The course will provide             Fall, 2011
                      Technology and                      students with the knowledge
                      Informatics for                     to select and use information
                      Advanced Practice                   systems/technology to
                      Nursing                             evaluate programs of care,
                                                          outcomes of care, and care
                                                          systems.
NUR           703     Doctor of Nursing          4-9      Provide the opportunity to          Fall, 2011
                      Practice Clinical                   integrate and synthesize
                      Practice                            practice and knowledge.

NUR           704     Scholarly Inquiry          3        Course will guide DNP               Fall, 2011
                      Doctoral Project                    scholarly inquiry data
                      Research                            collection and analysis.
NUR           705     Leadership for             3        This course addresses the           Fall, 2011
                      Advanced Practice                   leadership role of the
                      Nurses in Clinical                  advanced practice nurse
                      Practice                            within healthcare
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Course   Course         Course Title      Credit    Brief Description of Course      Timeline for
Prefix   Number                           Hours                                      Development
                                                   organizations to affect
                                                   change and ensure quality
                                                   improvement, with a focus on
                                                   inter- and intra- professional
                                                   collaboration.
NUR         706    Dissemination of       3        Project purpose is to improve      Fall, 2011
                   Scholarly Inquiry               practice or patient outcomes.
                   Project for Advanced            This course provides a focus
                   Practice Nursing in             on the dissemination of the
                   Clinical Practice               scholarly practice inquiry.




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                   New Program Plan* INFORMATION FOR UCC/UGC/YCC


   1. Contact and Support Information:
       i. Program Office Location (Building & Room): Building 72 Room
      ii. Program Telephone Number: 928-523-6717
     iii. Program email address: nursing@nau.edu
     iv. Program website address: http://nursing.nau.edu/
      v. Program Director/Chair (Name): Debera Thomas
     vi. Program Graduate Coordinator (Name): Ilene Decker
    vii. Program Support Staff (Name): Penny Walior

   2. New Catalog Text (Include all catalog text that pertains to the new plan,
       including name of the academic plan; brief purpose and overview of the program
       including intended audience and unique admission requirements; course
       requirements for plans, and emphases/concentrations; other requirements (e.g.,
       thesis/dissertation, internships, etc. This text will appear in the on-line academic
       catalog).

       The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is designed for nurses holding a master’s
       degree and a national certification in an advanced practice nursing specialty to
       obtain a terminal degree in nursing. The degree builds on master’s education to
       provide expanded unique knowledge and expertise. Graduates will have a
       broader capability to provide high quality health care in a complex and
       increasingly strapped health care system. The degree is a clinical doctorate with
       emphasis on expert clinical practice. One thousand hours (1,000) of clinical
       practice with a minimum of 240 hours completed at NAU is required. The
       summative outcome is a scholarly project that demonstrates the integration and
       translation of research evidence to enhance clinical practice, which includes an
       oral defense.

       For this plan, which requires 71 units, you take the following:
           required graduate nursing courses (65 units):
               NUR 510, 520, 530, 540, 650, 660, 661, 662, 663, 646, 664, 665, 675,
               677, 700, 701, 702, 703, 705, and HS 643
           scholarly inquiry (5 units):
               NUR 704 and 706

       Click here for more information about nursing graduate courses and faculty.

   3. Keywords (List all keywords that could be used to search for this program. Keywords
       should be specific to the proposed program.)
       DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice, post-master’s

   4. At the unit level, who may be contacted regarding details of this proposal?
      Ilene Decker or Angela Golden

       *UCC/YCC plan or sub plan proposals must include an 8-term plan and UCG
       plan must include a program of study.


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       Approvals

   ___________________________________________________________________
       Department/School Chair/Director (if appropriate)                Date

   ___________________________________________________________________
       Chair of college curriculum committee                            Date

   ___________________________________________________________________
       Dean of College                                                  Date




                           For University Graduate Committee use only

   ___________________________________________________________________
       Graduate College                                                 Date




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