dnp-at-the-catholic-university-of-america by cuiliqing


									The Catholic University of America
         Doctor of Nursing Practice
           What is a DNP?

• A doctoral degree in nursing that is
  practice focused rather than the
  research focused PhD.
• It is viewed as a final (terminal)degree.
• Focus is on clinical practice that is
  innovative and evidence-based,
  bringing research findings into practice .
           Why the DNP?

• The AACN has recommended that by the
  year 2015, all APRNs ( NPs, CNS, CNM,
  NA) be educated in DNP programs that
  prepare practice experts in specialized
  advanced nursing practice ……and that, in
  the future, the MSN degree be reserved for
  clinical nurse generalists.

• This is a recommendation (not a mandate).

• Expansion of knowledge necessary to be an
  excellent APRN in changing health care
  system is growing beyond what can
  reasonably be taught in an MSN program.

• Necessary credit allocation warrants a
  doctoral degree.

• To bring nursing specialties “up to par” with
  other health care providers.

• Varied but general support from other
  nursing organizations.

• There is no plan to require that currently
  certified and licensed NPs return to school
  for a DNP.

• However, for those NPs who would like a
  doctoral degree, the DNP holds great
            Standards for DNP Programs

• AACN – focuses on Essentials of Doctoral
  Nursing Practice for all APRN roles

• NONPF – focuses on DNP competencies
  for nurse practitioners.

• Great similarity between the two sets of
               Expected Content Areas

•   Evidence Based Practice
•   Epidemiology
•   Population Health
•   Leadership
•   Health Care Finance/Economics
•   Emerging Science or Practice Innovations
•   Residency ( Integration)
•   EBP Project
There is great variability in DNP Programs
            Catholic University of
            America’s DNP
• Purpose is to prepare ……

• Expert Clinicians and Leaders

• Graduates are ready to assume positions of
  leadership in health care with the ultimate
  goal of improving health care and health
  status of people.
              Not all DNP Programs are
              the Same!
• A national survey asked practicing NPs what they
  would like to learn if they returned to school for a
  doctoral degree: over 50% identified specific
  clinical skills, such as those that would round out
  current areas of perceived weakness…….

• More knowledge and skills in radiology, wound
  care, cardiology; sports medicine, spirometry, etc
  etc. – things they identified as important to feeling
  like “clinical experts.”

• Fewer identified the content found in the
  traditional coursework found in most DNP
CUA created a DNP Program that would
meet the individualized needs of students
based on their own professional goals
while also meeting the standards.
           What is Different at CUA?

• CUA’s program is uniquely planned to allow
  NPs to use the DNP program to expand or
  refine their clinical skills.

• NPs may choose two clinical cognates and
  a residency to allow them to expand their
  scope of practice and/or sit for further
  certification or add a specialty.
             Some examples

• While earning the DNP ……
• A primary care PNP may choose pediatric
  acute care courses to sit for certification as
  an acute care PNP

• An ANP may add courses to enable her/him
  to sit for certification as an FNP.

• A CNS may choose cognates that will allow
  her to add the NP role.
              More Examples

• A midwife is seeing more and more patients with
  mental health needs with few referral resources.
  She has decided to take a Psychopharmacology
  course and another in Brief Solution Focused
  Counseling or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to
  better prepare her for her clients with depression.
• A PNP is using coursework and residency to
  become lactation certified with plans to open her
  own lactation consultation business.
               Other examples

• One NP wants to open her own wound care
  consulting business upon completion. She will
  take cognates and do a residency to prepare her
  with added clinical skills in this area as well as the
  business skills.
• Another NP has been unable to be added to the
  panel of a managed care group because she is
  not prepared to “admit patients.” Her coursework
  will be focused on acquiring this knowledge and
            More examples

• Other arenas for practice also exist,
  including policy and public health.

• A student is looking at an internship with a
  state legislator working on a health care

• Another may work with a global health
  organization around an AIDs initiative
             CUA’ Executive Format DNP

Post-Master’s- 34 credits

Primarily taught in an Executive Format:
• Students meet with faculty for 2-3 days in
  beginning of semester on campus and again at
  the end of the semester. In between classes are
  online and web enhanced.
              CUA’s DNP

• Full or Part Time Options
• Year-Round courses available
• Full time- 15 months
• Part Time – 24 months
• Most current students work full time and take
  courses part time.
• Small classes – ideal faculty to student ratio
More Specifics re CUA’s DNP

• Faculty are all actively practicing and experts in the content area
  they teach. For example, the faculty member for EBP Is Director of
  Research at a large multi-centered health agency. The faculty
  member who teaches Leadership and Complex Health
  Organizations is employed in a top leadership position at FDA.

• The Epidemiology course is taught by DrPH/NP with significant
  field experience in Central America and global nutrition

• Health Care Finance is taught by an nurse with international
  expertise in health services and policy analysis.

• Students are encouraged to work with outside mentors/experts
  across the disciplines.
                 Advice to NPs
                 considering the DNP
• This will probably be the last formal education program
  you enroll in.

• A DNP is more than a degree to add to your resume.

• Yes, a doctorate may be valuable in itself for some
  positions……But it can be so much more!

•   Make sure it puts you in a position to meet your own
    professional goals.
            Specifics regarding CUA’s DNP

• For more information, call:

• 202 319-6536
• hppt://

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