DNP Program FAQs
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership for Population Health, Post Master’s
Can I transfer credits?
- A maximum of nine credits can be transferred into the Post-Master’s DNP program.
- For credits to be transferred, the student must have received a grade of B or above and the course must have been taken in the last five years from an accredited university or college.
- An official transcript reflecting the course grade must be in the student’s file.
- If the student wishes to take a course prospectively:
- Approval for the course MUST be obtained before the course is taken.
- The student will request that an official transcript be re-sent to the registrar’s office once the course is completed.
- To have a course approved, the student should submit to the Program Director:
- An application for Transfer of Credit Form
- A syllabus for the course that includes course description, course objectives and a detailed content outline.
- The Program Director will give the application to the appropriate faculty member who will approve or not approve the course for transfer credit.
- The form will be sent to the registrar’s office where it will be placed in the student’s file.
- The registrar will have the transferred course posted to the student’s record in the Student Information System.
Completion of Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will have five years to complete the program. Coursework and project should be completed in two-three years. This time frame can be extended by an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) that should be renewed each semester (Fall & Spring). In unusual circumstances, the Program Director can be petitioned for extension of this deadline.
If a student does not register for courses without an approved LOA for two years, it will be necessary for the student to apply to be reinstated in the program. The student should submit an application form, essays and one recent recommendation. The essays should address how the student plans to be successful in completing the program. The student should contact the Program Director to determine if the Program Director agrees with the plan and the Dean and Program Director will make the decision about the need to repeat coursework.
Incomplete grades should be resolved by the end of the semester following the incomplete grade. After one year post incomplete (Fall and Spring semesters), the student will be required to repeat the class.
Students are expected to be actively enrolled in the Translational Research Project course while working on their final scholarly project or until successful completion and final defense is completed. Students must be actively enrolled at Lourdes University during their final semester of attendance/graduation.
Progression in the Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement in all required pre-requisite courses.
Doctor of Nursing Practice students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in all courses taken for credit as a DNP student at the Lourdes University College of Nursing to be awarded the DNP degree. All DNP students must successfully defend their scholarly project prior to award of the DNP degree. Students are expected be actively enrolled in the Translational Research Project course while working on their final project or until successful completion and final defense is completed. Students must be actively enrolled at Lourdes University during their final semester of attendance/graduation.
The grade of incomplete (I) will be given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed in the semester. A grade of I must be removed by the end of the semester following the one in which the course was taken or before the student enrolls in a course for which the initial course is a prerequisite. No credit is given for an I grade. The I will remain a permanent part of the transcript if the student fails to complete course requirements within the next semester.
The DNP program culminates in successful completion of a scholarly project. The scholarly project is designed by the student in collaboration with a two-three member committee approved by the Program Director. The scholarly project must focus on an issue related to improving patient outcomes. The final scholarly project can take the form of a thesis or a manuscript suitable for publication. The procedures and written product must conform to the regulations of the Lourdes University Institutional Review Board and the College of Nursing.
Students must successfully defend their completed scholarly project in an oral examination & with their committee members who are responsible for certifying that it meets acceptable scholarly standards. The defense is open to faculty and students; the project faculty leader determines whether the defense is open to those outside of the University. The committee determines the adequacy of the oral examination and written product. A student will pass if two or more of the committee members agree that the student successfully responded to questions during the defense and the written product met scholarly standards.
The final project will meet the standards and expectations consistent with the evidence-based practice program development and/or implementation focus of the DNP.
For more details regarding the DNP Scholarly Project follow the link to The American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2015 white paper titled The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations: http://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/News/White-Papers/DNP-Implementation-TF-Report-8-15.pdf