DNP - Second Certification

Doctor of Nursing Practice – Second Certification

The DNP-Second Certification option provides an educational route for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) as nurse practitioners who seek specialization in an area other than that obtained in the master’s program. Students complete the post-master’s DNP program of study concurrently while fulfilling required coursework in their second NP specialty area (pediatrics or adult-gerontology).

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 52 credits. The overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Students complete a DNP project prior to graduation and document achievement of 1,000 clinical/practicum hours.

Years to Complete the Program

Students are expected to complete the DNP –Second Certification NP Program within five years of initial enrollment and will be allowed to re-sequence only once in the DNP course of study.

INDI 8515Outcome Evaluation1
NURS 6005Introduction to Epidemiology1
NURS 6012Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics 12
NURS 6125Health Promotion in Primary Care: Pediatric3
or NURS 6135 Health Promotion in Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology
NURS 6225Health Promotion Seminar and Clinical: Pediatric1
or NURS 6235 Health Promotion Seminar and Clincal: Adult-Gerontology
NURS 6325Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Pediatrics6
or NURS 6335 Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Adults and Older Adults
NURS 7120Primary Care II: Immunologic and Infectious Challenges in Pediatrics6
or NURS 7130 Primary Care II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults
NURS 7320Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Pediatrics and Families6
or NURS 7330 Primary Care III: Chronic Complex Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults
NURS 8500Underpinnings of the Discipline of Nursing4
NURS 8511DNP as Change Agent2
NURS 8520Advanced Evidence-based Practice4
NURS 8525Advanced Informatics2
NURS 8535Leadership in Organizations and Systems: Implications for Practice3
NURS 8536Healthcare Economics and Finance3
NURS 8540Health Care: Power, Policy and Politics4
NURS 8600DNP Project 24
Total Credits52