MSN (ARNP) to DNP Curriculum

Post-Masters ARNP student

Program length: Two years

Program start: Summer, January Term (J-term), or Spring

Total credit hours: 29

Class schedule: For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few daytime courses in the summer and January terms.

ARNP prepared nurses will take DNP core coursework (information systems and patient care technology, epidemiology, analytical methods, translating research into practice, and health policy), a DNP Scholarly Project coursework.  A gap analysis by the program director is conducted to determine what previous coursework meets the DNP competencies and which additional courses will be required for the PLU DNP.

  • This Post-masters DNP curriculum is designed for a MSN ARNP graduate. The curriculum is part-time, designed for working ARNPs.
  • This program is not specialty-specific, therefore any ARNP specialty may apply for the post-MSN DNP. Students’ coursework will be analyzed to determine what additional courses they will need to meet the AACN DNP Essentials competencies.
  • Post-masters students must have a total of 1000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours.

Curriculum for MSN ARNP prepared to DNP

Summer 2015 6 credits
NURS 623 Information Systems & Patient Care Technology 3 credits
NURS 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3 credits

Fall 2015 3 credits 
NURS 627 Policy and Politics 3 credits
** Note: federal financial aid not available this term, as unit load falls below 4 semester hours**

January 2016 Credits TBD 
Optional International/Global Elective
** Note: January term is not eligible for federal student aid**

Spring 2016 6 credits 
NURS 630 Analytical Methods 3 credits
NURS 631 Translating Research into Nursing Practice 3 credits

Summer 2016 2 credits 
NURS 681 DNP Scholarly Project Proposal 2 credits
** Note: Federal financial aid not available this term, as unit load falls below 4 semester hours**

Fall 2016 3 credits 
NURS 682 DNP Project: Implementation I 3 credits
** Note: Federal financial aid not available this term, as unit load falls below 4 semester hours**

January 2017 2 credits 
NURS 683 DNP Project: Implementation II 2 credits
* Note: January term is not eligible for federal student aid

Spring 2017 7 credits 
NURS 684 DNP Project: Evaluation & Dissemination 4 credits
NURS 699 DNP Scholarly Project: Capstone 2 credits
NURS 695 Transition to DNP Practice 1 credit