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Nursing (BSN, DNP) - Online

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving healthcare for diverse populations.

This is a 40-44 credit post-MSN program that can be completed in 8 semesters with a part-time progression plan. Additional clinical and capstone credits may be required to meet program objectives.

Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space and an adequate cohort of students.

The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest professional level of nursing practice and will advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving healthcare for diverse populations.

At completion, the graduate will be able to practice at the highest level of professional practice to:

  1. Use science-based theories and concepts to:
    • Determine the nature and significance of health and healthcare delivery phenomena,
    • Describe actions and advance strategies to improve healthcare delivery, and
    • Develop, deliver and evaluate theory-based healthcare.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that emphasizes the primacy of clinical work, continually improving health outcomes, and ensuring patient safety.
  3. Use analytical methods and research to develop best practices and practice guidelines and to facilitate the evaluation of systems of care that will improve patient outcomes.
  4. Use information systems and technology-based resources that support clinical and administrative decision-making, care systems, nurse-sensitive outcomes and quality improvement.
  5. Assume a leadership role in the development of healthcare policy.
  6. Establish, participate and lead inter-professional teams.
  7. Utilize a strong conceptual foundation in clinical prevention and population health.
  8. Base practice on biophysical, psychosocial, sociopolitical and cultural principles; economics; nursing science; and ethics.
  9. Develop, implement, and evaluate practice and care delivery models, which are politically and culturally appropriate.

DNP Progression Plans

Progression plans vary depending on the year students are accepted to the program. View the progression plans for more information.

DNP Student Handbook and Graduate Catalogue

Please review the DNP Student Handbook for information on:

In addition to reviewing the handbook, please review the DNP Database Orientation PowerPoint for information on creating your account in the DNP Student Rotation database.


Course Delivery Options

Blended

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Supplemental Application, 3 Letters of recommendation, Writing Sample

Extra Accreditation Info

School of Nursing programs are fully accredited by the national accrediting agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Application Deadlines

Summer Priority

​November 2, 2015

Summer Deadline

​February 1, 2016

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

School of Nursing programs are fully accredited by the national accrediting agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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