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Post-Graduate DNP Program Course Descriptions

Are you ready to take your nursing career to the next level? The online Doctor of Nursing Practice from The Catholic University of America requires the successful completion of a minimum of 37 credits. You may be able to receive credit for up to six credit-hours of master's level courses.

The online DNP degrees offer a targeted curriculum will prepare you for a variety of clinical and leadership roles within the healthcare industry. The program provides education in:

  • Emerging issues in health care and challenges in nursing
  • Standards of practice and health care ethics
  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Public and private financing in health care
  • Clinical research
  • Health care biostatistics
  • Population-based health care management
  • Leadership in nursing

Course description:

This introductory course focuses on basic epidemiological principles and methods. Topics include measures and comparisons of disease occurrences in populations; epidemiologic study designs (cross-sectional, cohort, clinical trial, and case-control); concepts of bias, confounding and error; causal inference; and principles of screening. Public health practice and critical appraisal of relevant literature are emphasized.

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This online graduate level statistics course will provide students with skills in quantitative reasoning through the use of healthcare biostatistics. Students will use and apply descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to answer research questions in nursing and health sciences. The course will familiarize the student with basic concepts in biostatistics as well as the fundamentals of data management and analysis using advanced statistical software.

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This course expands the focus on individuals into population-based management and introduces population-oriented preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative models of care with high-risk, underserved people.

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Students study the principles of public and private financing as they apply to the health care system. Case discussions will emphasize three basic financing models: private, public and blended public/private mix. Discussions also cover subsidization for the poor and other vulnerable groups, global issues in health system financing, World Bank HIPC policies and the pro-poor agenda, and the impact of global health system shocks such as HIV/AIDS, global pandemics and terrorism, on health financing systems. Optional content also will be included on managerial financing strategies.

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This course examines emerging areas of opportunity and challenges shaping population health, clinical prevention and the practice and delivery of health care, including clinical genetics, environmental health and end-of-life care.

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This class explores the synthesis, critique and application of evidence to support quality in clinical practice. Students will identify a clinical practice problem and articulate a plan for transforming it into answerable clinical research questions. They will review, analyze and synthesize clinical evidence using basic epidemiological, biostatistical, and scientific principles and will explore EBP models to integrate best evidence with patients’ values and preferences as well as organizational culture. The total number of clinical hours to be completed in this course is 70.

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This course focuses upon extending the work in the EBP I course. Students further refine their proposed clinical practice project by developing a project implementation and evaluation plan. Seminar discussion will focus on EBP strategies and evaluation methods and analysis. Students will be expected to have completed the EBP proposal by the end of the semester. The total number of clinical hours to be completed in this course is 70.

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This course complements the N664 Epidemiology course and focuses on the application of basic epidemiological principles for designing health survey research, conducting computer-based data analyses, presenting epidemiologic data and examining public health problems.

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Students study systems thinking and critical theories and concepts related to leadership, organizational behavior and environments of care. There will also be an emphasis on analyzing drawn from case studies and relevant research, such as interdisciplinary communication, workforce diversity, motivation and rewards, governance and structure for effective decision-making, conflict and negotiation, and group dynamics.

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This one-credit practicum course, taken four times (with varying content), gives students necessary time in the required practice settings to meet clinical objectives relevant to their selected advanced practice role and population or specialty focus. Practice settings and mentor/preceptors will be assigned by faculty in consultation with the student. The total number of clinical hours to be completed is 360.

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This beginning course at the post-graduate, doctoral level introduces students to clinical scholarship in preparation for independent research and for future roles as nurse scholars and nurse scientists. It provides a basis for continuing study in research and theory development.

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Students work with the DNP project committee chair and committee members in implementing and evaluation of DNP project.

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Students choose two electives to support their DNP project.

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