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 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who seek specialization in an area other than that obtained in their master's degree. Students complete the post-master’s DNP program of study concurrently while fulfilling required coursework in their second NP specialty area (pediatrics, adult-gerontology, or psych-mental health).

Degree Requirements

To ensure students meet current practice and licensure requirements, courses and clinical rotations might be substituted to ensure compliance and learning outcomes are met. Students must complete all requirements designated by the program director.

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.

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 8536Healthcare Economics and Finance3
STAT 7000Introduction to Biostatistics3
NURS 7080Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 8300Advanced Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation3
NURS 8150Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 8540Health Care: Power, Policy and Politics4
NURS 8600DNP Project 24
Total Credits55

NURS 6012 is a prerequisite course taken only by students with no prior course work in nursing informatics.


May also be completed by taking NURS 8610 DNP Project: Part 1 and NURS 8620 DNP Project: Part 2 (2 cr each) or four 1-credit courses.