Doctor of Nursing Practice

Online Graduate Degree

Achieve the highest level of clinical nursing leadership in a Christian environment

The DNP Online degree at CUW prepares the nurse with Christian ethical leadership skills needed to meet the changing demands of health care. The DNP Program integrates key elements from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Program Features and Benefits

  • Program features two tracks: Direct Care APN and Executive Leadership
  • The post master’s DNP curriculum builds on master’s curriculum.
  • DNP program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • The inter-professional team of DNP faculty provides expertise in areas of research and teaching.
  • Clinical faculty members are certified in advanced practice nursing or leadership and are currently practicing in the field.
  • Courses are built on a Christian foundation attending to students mind, body and spirit.
  • Accelerated eight-week classes, in a flexible Online Learning format, make the program manageable for most working professionals.
  • DNP Cohort format completed in 18 months.
  • Concordia University Wisconsin School of Nursing graduated the first DNPs in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Each student will be evaluated upon admission to determine number of clinical hours needed post master’s to meet the 1000 hour requirement for the DNP by the American Association Colleges of Nursing DNP Essentials.

Direct Care Provider Track (APN)

Graduates of the Direct Care Provider Track attain the highest level of academic preparation in clinical nursing, prepared to function independently as a provider with the skills to improve overall patient outcomes. Graduates are in parity with other medical professionals to work as a team and have the experience and expertise to meet the health care needs of the future.

DNP Direct Care Provider Track (APN)

34-37 Credits

Course Number
Course Title
Description
Credits
DNP 903Biostatistics/EpidemiologyBiostats/Epidemiology explores the use of epidemiological methods to study the effects of environmental exposures in human health and disease outbreaks . In addition it will emphasize analytical studies, quantitative measures of association and critical readings of current literature. The basics of descriptive and inferential statistics will be introduced in this course as well.4
DNP 915Evidence Based PracticeEvidence Based Practice introduces concepts associated with evidence-based nursing practice theories and models. Strategies for creating a culture of evidence based practice; both for individuals and systems will be discussed. Proposed evidence-based practice changes are based on an understanding of the cultural, financial, and legal and human resource needs of the health care environment. The goal of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume a leadership role in transforming healthcare and educational environments.3
DNP 940Translational Evidence Based Project IProjects should be related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefit a group, population, or community rather than an individual patient. Topics arise from clinical practice, may be done in partnership with another entity: clinical agency, school, health department, church, government, voluntary organization or community group. Addresses identified needs of the group, population, or community. Literature review suggests needs and evidence to support the project. A systematic approach is used and data are collected using methods and tools that meet accepted standards. Expected outcomes are defined and measured (quality improvement, cost savings). Conducted according to ethical principles. Dissemination modes are professional or public (peer review is included).4
DNP 921Health Care InformaticsHealth care informatics examines the student's 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 . The student is exposed to informatics concepts, design, selection, and use of information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems. Information systems/technology provides a mechanism to apply budget and productivity tools, practice information systems and decision supports, and web-based learning or intervention tools to support and improve patient care.3
MBA 920Economics and Public Policy of Health CareEconomics and Public Policy of Health Care is a study of the demand for health care compared to the supply of providers of health care services. Consideration is given to an economic analysis of health care policies with emphasis on the ethical implications of policy decisions.3
MBA 930Ethics and Leadership in Health CareEthics Leadership in Health Care will examine and evaluate leadership theories and develop leadership skills and abilities as they relate to the field of health care. Emphasis will be placed on motivation and leadership concepts in various organizational situations.3
DNP 925Medical Genetics3
DNP 930Clinical Residency IThe clinical residency courses are designed to build upon the student's previous clinical experience to acquire more advanced clinical decision making expertise for undifferentiated patient populations. The student in consultation with a faculty member will individually design their clinical residency experience. The knowledge and data gained from these courses will be used in the development of the final scholarly project.4-5
DNP 941Translational Evidence Based Project IIProjects should be related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefit a group, population, or community rather than an individual patient. Topics arise from clinical practice, may be done in partnership with another entity: clinical agency, school, health department, church, government, voluntary organization or community group. Addresses identified needs of the group, population, or community. Literature review suggests needs and evidence to support the project. A systematic approach is used and data are collected using methods and tools that meet accepted standards. Expected outcomes are defined and measured (quality improvement, cost savings). Conducted according to ethical principles. Dissemination modes are professional or public (peer review is included).4
DNP 931Clinical Residency IIThe clinical residency courses are designed to build upon the student's previous clinical experience to acquire more advanced clinical decision making expertise for undifferentiated patient populations. The student in consultation with a faculty member will individually design their clinical residency experience. The knowledge and data gained from these courses will be used in the development of the final scholarly project.4-5


Executive Leadership Track

Graduates of the Executive Leadership track are prepared with the skills and expertise to lead in organizational policy and innovation for the improvement of health outcomes. The graduate will be prepared to analyze current evidence, integrate systems thinking as a foundation for organizational change management and quality improvement initiatives to improve practice, education, and patient care in various settings. The Executive Leadership Track graduates are eligible to sit for American Organization of Nurse Executives’ (AONE) and the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam.

DNP Executive Leadership Track

38 Credits

Course Number
Course Title
Description
Credits
DNP 903Biostatistics/EpidemiologyBiostatistics/Epidemiology explores the use of epidemiological methods to study the effects of environmental exposures in human health and disease outbreaks . In addition it will emphasize analytical studies, quantitative measures of association and critical readings of current literature. The basics of descriptive and inferential statistics will be introduced in this course as well.4
DNP 915Evidence Based PracticeEvidence Based Practice introduces concepts associated with evidence-based nursing practice theories and models . Strategies for creating a culture of evidence based practice; both for individuals and systems will be discussed. Proposed evidence-based practice changes are based on an understanding of the cultural, financial, and legal and human resource needs of the health care environment. The goal of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume a leadership role in transforming healthcare and educational environments.3
DNP 940Translational Evidence Based Project IProjects should be related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefit a group, population, or community rather than an individual patient. Topics arise from clinical practice, may be done in partnership with another entity: clinical agency, school, health department, church, government, voluntary organization or community group. Addresses identified needs of the group, population, or community. Literature review suggests needs and evidence to support the project. A systematic approach is used and data are collected using methods and tools that meet accepted standards. Expected outcomes are defined and measured (quality improvement, cost savings). Conducted according to ethical principles. Dissemination modes are professional or public (peer review is included).4
DNP 921Health Care InformaticsHealth care informatics examines the student's 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 . The student is exposed to informatics concepts, design, selection, and use of information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems. Information systems/technology provides a mechanism to apply budget and productivity tools, practice information systems and decision supports, and web-based learning or intervention tools to support and improve patient care.3
MBA 920Economics and Public Policy of Health CareEconomics and Public Policy of Health Care is a study of the demand for health care compared to the supply of providers of health care services . Consideration is given to an economic analysis of health care policies with emphasis on the ethical implications of policy decisions.3
MBA 930Ethics and Leadership in Health CareEthics Leadership in Health Care will examine and evaluate leadership theories and develop leadership skills and abilities as they relate to the field of health care. Emphasis will be placed on motivation and leadership concepts in various organizational situations.3
MBA 880Leadership and Organizational BehaviorLeadership and Organizational Behavior is designed to increase one's effectiveness and skill in analyzing and understanding organizations and their attendant processes . Behavioral science concepts and theories are studied. Individual, group, and structural behavior and concepts are presented. A special emphasis on leadership is provided.3
DNP 930Clinical Residency IThe clinical residency courses are designed to build upon the student's previous clinical experience to acquire more advanced clinical decision making expertise for undifferentiated patient populations. The student in consultation with a faculty member will individually design their clinical residency experience. The knowledge and data gained from these courses will be used in the development of the final scholarly project.4
MMC 820Managerial Communications: Practices and PrinciplesManagerial communications: practice and principles examines major approaches to management, focusing on theories of employee motivation, morale, resource management, communication networks, upward and downward messages, and superior-subordinate relationships. Diagnostic instruments are utilized in analyses and evaluation of managerial communication, identifying strengths and limitations. Focus is on setting behavioral goals for improving communication skills.3
DNP 941Translational Evidence Based Project IIProjects should be related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefit a group, population, or community rather than an individual patient. Topics arise from clinical practice, may be done in partnership with another entity: clinical agency, school, health department, church, government, voluntary organization or community group. Addresses identified needs of the group, population, or community. Literature review suggests needs and evidence to support the project. A systematic approach is used and data are collected using methods and tools that meet accepted standards. Expected outcomes are defined and measured (quality improvement, cost savings). Conducted according to ethical principles. Dissemination modes are professional or public (peer review is included).4
DNP 931Clinical Residency IIThe clinical residency courses are designed to build upon the student's previous clinical experience to acquire more advanced clinical decision making expertise for undifferentiated patient populations. The student in consultation with a faculty member will individually design their clinical residency experience. The knowledge and data gained from these courses will be used in the development of the final scholarly project.4