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  • Program Overview

    Endicott’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares nurses who will practice at the most advanced level of nursing. Through integrative practice experiences and practice immersion, the DNP prepared nurse will be prepared to assume leadership roles focused on improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Expanded competencies in organizational leadership, population health, and informatics are among the areas of focus within the program. The degree culminates in the design, implementation and evaluation of a practice project focused on improving healthcare outcomes. This practice focused doctorate has been deemed essential by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for meeting the needs of an increasingly complex and dynamic healthcare environment.


    Program Options Available:

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP/ FNP)
    • Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP)
    • Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP/FNP)

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    The labor market for DNP-level nursing occupations in Massachusetts is expected to be strong. Between 2016 and 2026, the labor market for DNP-level nursing positions in Massachusetts is expected to increase 14.3%, much faster than the expected average of 7.4% for all occupations in Massachusetts.

     

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    1. Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online). Application fee waived for veteran and military students; 

    2. Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);

    3. Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work; 

    4. Official GRE scores; 

    5. Essay of 500 words on career goals, motivation for graduate study; 

    6. Essay of 500-750 words, referenced in APA format, describing an area of interest and potential plans for scholarly project; 

    7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better; 

    8. GPA greater than or equal to 3.3; 

    9. Registered Nurse License verification, which must be current and unrestricted;

    10. A basic statistics course is required of all students; 

    11. Resume and/or curriculum vitae; 

    12. Interview with the program director. 

    All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. 

    Program of Study Learning Outcomes

    Upon Completion of the DNP Program, the graduate will be able to:

    1.  Critically analyze and integrate knowledge from the humanities and sciences within the context of nursing science to support the highest level of nursing practice. (scientific underpinnings)

    2.  Evaluate the organizational and systems leadership roles of the advanced practice nurse in initiating and guiding systems thinking and quality improvement. (Organizational and systems leadership)

    3.  Synthesize research and theoretical evidence from nursing and other disciplines and apply appropriate analytic methods in the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence based practice for quality health care delivery. (clinical scholarship and analytical methods for EBP)

    4.  Utilize information systems and patient care technologies to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems. (Information systems and patient care technology)

    5.  Participate and lead in the development of and advocacy for health care policy to improve access, equity, safety, quality and efficacy in health care. (policy/advocacy)

    6.  Evaluate the dynamic forces affecting healthcare delivery and communicate and collaborate within interprofessional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes. (Interprofessional collaboration and population health)

    7.  Assume a leadership role in the analysis, implementation and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health activities central to achieving improved health outcomes. (Clinical Prevention and Population Health)

    8.  Demonstrate advanced nursing practice inclusive of refined assessment skills and the application of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic and nursing science as appropriate to a specialized area of nursing practice. (AACN Essential VIII-Advanced Nursing Practice).

    9.  Integrate ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice in advanced nursing practice (Policy and Advocacy, Advanced nursing practice)

    10.  Collaboratively create workplace environments that foster ongoing learning, scholarship, and responsiveness to changing healthcare needs and the dynamic health care environment (Interprofessional collaboration)

    Required Curriculum

    BS to DNP Curriculum-73 credits/3 Years including summers

    Fall Year I (9 credits)

    NUR 574: Nursing Research I: Methods (3 credits)
    NUR 525: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    NUR 728: Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)

    Spring Year I (9 credits)

    NUR 551: Comprehensive Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making (3 Credits)
    NUR 550: Pathophysiology of Human Disease for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Credits)
    NUR 527: Health Policy and Finance (3 credits)

    Summer Year I (6 credits)

    NUR 735: Research Methods I: Quantitative (3 credits)
    NUR 562: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioners (3 credits)

    Fall Year II (9 credits)

    NUR 702: Research Methods II: Qualitative (3 credits)
    NUR 725: Epidemiology (3 credits)
    NUR 526: Nurse as the Administrator (3 credits)

    Spring Year II (12 credits)

    NUR 567: Primary Care of the Childbearing Family (3 credits)

    NUR 568: Primary Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum (5 credits/300 clinical hours)
    NUR736: DNP Scholarly Practice Project I (4 credits/100 practicum hours)

    Summer Year II (4 credits)

    NUR 737: DNP Scholarly Practice Project II (4 credits/100 practicum hours)

    Fall Year III (11 credits)

    NUR 569: Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient (3 credits)
    NUR 570: Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient Practicum (5 credits/300 practicum hours)
    NUR 726: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement (3 credits)

    Spring Year III (9 credits)

    NUR 738: DNP Scholarly Practice Project III (4 credits/100 practicum hours)
    NUR 566: Seminar for the Professional Nurse Practitioner (2 Credits) Elective (3 credits)

    Summer Year III (4 credits)

    NUR 739: DNP Scholarly Practice Project IV (4 credits/100 practicum hours)

    Post-Master’s DNP Curriculum (Nursing Theory and Health Policy pre-requisite)-34 Credits- 2 years/4 semesters

    Prerequisites: Nursing Theory, Health Policy (master’s level)

    Sample Curriculum:

    Fall Year I (10 Credits)

    NUR 736: DNP Scholarly Practice Practice Project I (4 credits/100 practicum hours)
    NUR 735: Research Methods I: Quantitative (3 credits)
    NUR 728: Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)

    Spring Year I (10 Credits)

    NUR 737: DNP Scholarly Practice Project II (4 credits/100 practicum hours)
    NUR 702: Research Methods II: Qualitative (3 credits)
    NUR 726: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement (3 credits)

    Summer Year I (7 credits)

    NUR 738: DNP Scholarly Practice Project III (4 credits/100 practicum hours)
    NUR 725: Epidemiology (3 credits)

    Fall Year II (7 credits)

    NUR 739: DNP Scholarly Practice Project IV (4 credits/100 practicum hours)

    Elective (3-6 credits) (Any Master’s or Doctoral level course that would support project and/or role development. For those entering the MS-DNP with less than 600 practice hours, students could elect to take NUR5xx: Masters in Nursing Internship in Administrator Role, Educator Role, and/or Global Health Role which is a 6-credit course that has 144 practice hours).

    Post-Master’s DNP FNP Curriculum (Theory and Policy pre-requisite)-58 Credits- 2.5 years/7 semesters

    Prerequisites: Nursing Theory, Health Policy

    Sample Curriculum:

    Fall Year I (9 Credits)

    NUR 550: Pathophysiology of Human Disease for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Credits)
    NUR 551: Comprehensive Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making (3 Credits)
    NUR 728: Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)

    Spring Year I (9 Credits)

    NUR 562: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioners (3 credits)
    NUR 735: Research Methods I: Quantitative (3 credits)
    NUR 726: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement (3 credits)

    Summer Year I (4 credits)

    NUR 736: DNP Scholarly Practice Project I (4 credits)

    Fall Year II (10 credits)

    NUR 725: Epidemiology (3 credits)
    NUR 702: Research Methods II: Qualitative (3 credits)
    NUR 737: DNP Scholarly Practice Project II (4 credits/100 practicum hours)

    Spring Year II (10 credits)

    NUR 569: Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Client (3 credits)
    NUR 570: Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient Practicum (5 credits/300 practicum hours) 
    NUR 566 Seminar for the Professional Nurse Practitioner (2 credits)

    Summer Year II (4 credits)

    NUR 738: DNP Scholarly Practice Project III (4 credits/100 Practicum hours)

    Fall year III (12 credits)

    NUR 567 Primary Care of the Childbearing Family (3 credits)
    NUR 568 Primary Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum (5 credits)
    NUR 739: DNP Scholarly Practice Project IV (4 credits/100 Practicum hours)