Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

About the Program

This online program allows registered nurses at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s level to advance their education by earning the degree and seeking eligibility, if needed, to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

This program has been approved by the MS Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Program Options:

  • RN-DNP: 4.5 Years (9 Semesters); 114 Credit Hours
  • BSN-DNP: 3.5 Years (7 Semesters); 83 Credit Hours
  • Post Master’s (Non-FNP) DNP: 3.5 Years (7 Semesters); 74-83 Credit Hours
  • Post Master’s (FNP) DNP: 1.5 Years (3 Semesters); 31 Credit Hours
  • Part-time options available

Total Clinical Hours:
Non-FNP 1,020 clinical hours with preceptor
420 doctoral level clinical hours (scholarly project)

Total Clinical Hours:
FNP 420 doctoral level clinical hours (scholarly project)

Admission Requirements

General Requirements for the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

  • Each student will be required to submit a completed health and immunization form provided by the School of Nursing, evidence of personal health insurance and malpractice insurance, and American Heart Association (AHA) current Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare provider certification after being accepted for admission.
  • Applicants must comply with Mississippi legislative statues and regulations regarding criminal background checks by having fingerprints taken at an approved health care agency (not a police or sheriff’s department) and a criminal background check completed. Any cost of this requirement will be the student’s responsibility.
  • Applicants who want to receive credit for prior nursing course(s) taken at another institution must submit a written request with supporting documentation and credit be negotiated before admission to the School of Nursing and not after the student is enrolled.
  • Proof of total clinical hours completed while enrolled in an FNP program [Post Master’s FNP students ONLY]

**Exception to the noted admission requirements may be considered by the Graduate Nursing program Committee


BSN (Post RN) Admission Requirements

1. Apply to Delta State University and meet admission requirements as outlined in the Delta State University Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins.

2. Meet admission requirements to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing RNDNP Program as follows by April 01:

  • GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale upon entry into the program with an overall 3.2 GPA upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
  • A grade of “C” or better in all nonnursing (pre-requisite) support courses.
  • Completion of a Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Doctoral Program application.
  • Completion of an advanced role in nursing statement as noted in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Doctoral Program Application.
  • Three current (< 1 year) letters of professional/academic reference. At least one reference must be academic in nature.
  • A copy of a current unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical.
  • A combined verbal and quantitative score ≥ 800 (≥ 280 on new test) and analytic score of ≥ 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam by completion of the BSN degree requirements [score must have been obtained in the past 5 years].
  • At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience with patient contact as a Registered Nurse within the past three years by completion of the BSN degree requirements.
  • Submission of a resume’.
  • Completion of an interview with the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing faculty members prior to admission with a score of 50 or better (application packet must be complete before an interview is scheduled).
  • Writing sample may be required during interview.
  • A grade of “C” or better on a graduate level pathophysiology course either by completion of the BSN degree requirements or prior to enrolling in all other graduate level courses.

Post BSN Admission Requirements

1. Apply to Delta State University Graduate School and meet admission requirements as outlined in the Delta State University Graduate Bulletin.

2. Meet admission requirements to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Graduate Program as follows by April 01:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • A grade of “C” or better on an introductory course in statistics.
  • Completion of a Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Doctoral Program application.
  • Completion of an advanced role in nursing statement as noted in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Doctoral Program Application.
  • Three current (< 1 year) letters of professional/academic reference. At least one reference must be academic in nature.
  • A copy of a current unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical.
  • A combined verbal and quantitative score ≥ 800 (≥ 280 on new test) and analytic score of ≥ 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam [score must have been obtained in the past 5 years].
  • At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience with patient contact as an RN within the past three years.
  • Submission of a resume’.
  • Completion of an interview with the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing faculty members prior to admission with a score of 50 or better (application packet must be complete before an interview is scheduled)
  • Writing sample may be required during interview.
  • A grade of “C” or better on a graduate level pathophysiology course prior to enrolling in all other graduate level courses.

Post MSN (Non-FNP and FNP) Admission Requirements

1. Apply to Delta State University Graduate School and meet admission requirements as outlined in the Delta State University Graduate Bulletin.

2. Meet admission requirements to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Graduate Program as follows by April 01:

  • Master of Science degree in Nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • A grade of “C” or better on an introductory course in statistics.
  • Completion of a Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Doctoral Program application.
  • Completion of an advanced role in nursing statement as noted in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Doctoral Program Application.
  • Three current (< 1 year) letters of professional/academic reference. At least one reference must be academic in nature.
  • A copy of a current unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical.
  • A copy of current national family practitioner certification (ANCC & AANP) [FNP only]
  • A combined verbal and quantitative score ≥ 800 (≥ 280 on new test) and analytic score of ≥ 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam [score must have been obtained in the past 5 years].
  • At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience with patient contact as an RN or advanced practice nurse within the past three years.
  • Submission of a resume’.
  • Completion of an interview with the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing faculty members prior to admission with a score of 50 or better (application packet must be complete before an interview is scheduled)
  • Writing sample may be required during interview.
  • A grade of “C” or better on a graduate level pathophysiology course prior to enrolling in all other graduate level courses.

RN-DNP

  • 1,020 clinical hours with preceptor; 420 doctoral level clinical hours – scholarly project: Total Clinical Hours = 1,440
  • Total Semester/Semester Hours RN-DNP = 9 Semesters/114 Semester Hours (34 undergraduate hours/80 graduate hours)
  • A total of seven hours will be required for completion of the Scholarly Project Development/Scholarly Project – students will select # hours per semester based on the progression of their project

Total Program Credit Hours: 114

Fall 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 311 Comprehensive Health Assessment 2.5
NUR 331 Comprehensive Health Assessment Practicum .5
NUR 312 Basic Pathophysiology 3
NUR 358 Transition to Professional Nursing 6
NUR 403 Community Health Nursing 2.5
NUR 443 Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.5
Total Semester Hours 16
Spring 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 309 Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 314 Health Policy and Ethical Decision Making 3
NUR 320 Nursing Informatics 3
NUR 402 Management of Client Care 3
NUR 442 Management of Client Care Practicum 3
NUR 603 Advanced Pathophysiology (may be taken in spring or summer semester) 0/3
Total Semester Hours 15/18
Summer 1 and 2 Terms Semester Hours
NUR 603 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Total Semester Hours 3
 

34 Credit Hours

BSN Degree Awarded Upon Program Completion

 

Fall 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing & Ethics 2
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 625 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (180 preceptor clinical hours) 3
NUR 606 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 624 Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care 2
Total Semester Hours 13
Spring 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 604 Advanced Healthcare Policy & Politics 2
NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 630 Family Nurse Practice I 3
NUR 631 Family Nurse Practice I Practicum (240 preceptor clinical hours) 4
NUR 887 DNP Scholarly Project Development (60 doctoral-level clinical hours) 1
Total Semester Hours 13
Fall 3 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 634 Family Nurse Practice II 3
NUR 635 Family Nurse Practice II Practicum (300 preceptor clinical hours) 5
NUR 620 Role Synthesis (Nurse Practitioners) 2
NUR 640 Informatics in Clinical Practice 2
NUR 887 Scholarly Project Development (60 doctoral-level clinical hours) 1
Total Semester Hours 13
Spring 3 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 638 Family Nurse Practice III 2
NUR 639 Family Nurse Practice III Practicum (300 preceptor clinical hours) 5
NUR 680 Family Nurse Practitioner Review Course 2
NUR 887 Scholarly Project Development (60 doctoral-level clinical hours) 1
Total Semester Hours 10
 

49 Credit Hours

MSN Degree Awarded Upon Program Completion-Eligible to Take FNP Certification Examination

 

Fall 4 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 801 Advanced Theory and Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 806 Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods 3
NUR 810 Epidemiology/Population Health 3
NUR 890 DNP Scholarly Project (120 doctoral-level clinical hours) 2
Total Semester Hours 11
Spring 4 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 804 Health Care Policy and Economics in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 808 Advanced Statistics for Clinical Practice 3
NUR 820 Leadership and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 890 Scholarly Project (120 doctoral-level clinical hours) 2
Total Semester Hours 11
Fall 5 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 822 Business Management and Decision Support in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 824 Information Management & Decision Support in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 890 DNP Scholarly Project (180 doctoral-level clinical hours) 3
Total Semester Hours 9

BSN/Post-Master’s (non-FNP) to DNP Full-time

Full-time Total Credit Hours: BSN = 83/Post Master’s Non-FNP = 74-83

  • 1,020 clinical hours with preceptor; 420 doctoral level clinical hours – scholarly project: Total Clinical Hours = 1,440
  • Total Semester/Semester Hours BSN-DNP = 7 Semesters/83 Semester Hours
  • Total Semester/Semester Hours Post-Master’s (Non-FNP) = 7 Semesters/74-83 Semester Hours (11 hours available to transfer)
  • **Non-FNP students may be able to transfer the following courses upon approval from COAP:
    • NUR 603 Advanced Pathophysiology
    • NUR 602/NUR 625 Advanced Health Assessment
    • NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology
  • A total of seven hours will be required for completion of the Scholarly Project Development/Scholarly Project – students will select # hours per semester based on the progression of their project
Summer 1 and 2 Terms Semester Hours
NUR 603 Advanced Pathophysiology (may be taken in spring or summer semester) 3
Total Semester Hours 3
Fall 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing & Ethics 2
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 625 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (180 preceptor clinical hours) 3
NUR 606 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 624 Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care 2
Total Semester Hours 13
Spring 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 604 Advanced Healthcare Policy & Politics 2
NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 630 Family Nurse Practice I 3
NUR 631 Family Nurse Practice I Practicum (240 preceptor clinical hours) 4
NUR 887 DNP Scholarly Project Development (60 doctoral-level clinical hours) 1
Total Semester Hours 13
Fall 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 634 Family Nurse Practice II 3
NUR 635 Family Nurse Practice II Practicum (300 clinical hours with preceptor) 5
NUR 620 Role Synthesis (Nurse Practitioners) 2
NUR 640 Informatics in Clinical Practice 2
NUR 887 Scholarly Project Development (60 doctoral clinical hours) 1
Total Semester Hours 13
Spring 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 638 Family Nurse Practice III 2
NUR 639 Family Nurse Practice III Practicum (300 clinical hours with preceptor) 5
NUR 680 Family Nurse Practitioner Review Course 2
NUR 887 Scholarly Project Development (60 doctoral clinical hours) 1
Total Semester Hours 10
 

49 Credit Hours

MSN Degree Awarded Upon Program Completion

Eligible to Take FNP Certification Examination

 

Fall 3 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 801 Advanced Theory and Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 806 Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods 3
NUR 810 Epidemiology/Population Health 3
NUR 890 DNP Scholarly Project (120 hours doctoral-level clinical hours) 2
Total Semester Hours 11
Spring 3 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 804 Health Care Policy and Economics in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 808 Advanced Statistics for Clinical Practice 3
NUR 820 Leadership and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 890 DNP Scholarly Project (120 doctoral-level clinical hours) 2
Total Semester Hours 11
Fall 4 Semester
Semester Hours
NUR 822 Business Management and Decision Support in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 824 Information Management & Decision Support in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 890 DNP Scholarly Project (180 doctoral-level clinical hours) 3
Total Semester Hours 9

Post-Master’s FNP-DNP Full-time and Part-time

Full-time Total Credit Hours: 31

  • 420 doctoral level clinical hours – scholarly project – required regardless of number of clinical hours obtained in Master’s program.
  • Total Semester/Semester Hours Post-Master’s FNP-DNP = 3 semesters/31 semester hours
  • A total of seven hours will be required for completion of the Scholarly Project Development/Scholarly Project – students will select # hours per semester based on the progression of their project
  • Additional clinical hours may be required if total clinical hours in FNP program was less than 580
Fall 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 801 Advanced Theory and Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 810 Epidemiology/Population Health 3
NUR 806 Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods 3
NUR 887 Scholarly Project Development (120 doctoral clinical hours) 2
Total Semester Hours 11
Spring 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 804 Health Care Policy and Economics in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 808 Advanced Statistics for Clinical Practice 3
NUR 820 Leadership and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 890 Scholarly Project (60/180 doctoral level clinical hours) 1/3
Total Semester Hours 10/12
Fall 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 824 Information Management and Decision Support in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 822 Business Management and Quality Care in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 890 Scholarly Project (60/180 doctoral level clinical hours) 1/3
Total Semester Hours 7/9

Part-time Total Credit Hours: 31

  • 420 doctoral level clinical hours – scholarly project – required regardless of number of clinical hours obtained in a Master’s program.
  • Total Semester/Semester Hours Post-Master’s FNP-DNP = 6 semesters/31 semester hours
  • A total of seven hours will be required for completion of the Scholarly Project Development/Scholarly Project – students will select # hours per semester based on the progression of their project
  • Additional clinical hours may be required if total clinical hours in FNP program was less than 580
Fall 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 801 Advanced Theory and Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 810 Epidemiology/Population Health 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Spring 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 804 Health Care Policy and Economics in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 820 Leadership and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Fall 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 806 Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods 3
NUR 887 Scholarly Project Development (120 doctoral clinical hours) 2
Total Semester Hours 5
Spring 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 808 Advanced Statistics for Clinical Practice 3
NUR 890 Scholarly Project (60/180 doctoral level clinical hours) 1/3
Total Semester Hours 4/6
Fall 3 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 824 Information Management and Decision Support in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 822 Business Management and Quality Care in Clinical Practice 3
NUR 890 Scholarly Project (60/180 doctoral level clinical hours) 1/3
Total Semester Hours 7/9

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is required to meet the following:

1. Take all core and role specific courses, and the scholarly project to total specific semester hours for program of study.

2. Either score 800 or better on an APRN-FNP exam or pass a written comprehensive exam with a score of 83 or better during the last semester of the student’s plan of study. The examination covers all major field courses including transfer and off-campus work. To take the comprehensive exam, the candidate must be enrolled in, or have completed the final course work and have a 3.0 grade point average (required only for post RN, post BSN, and post MSN [non-FNP]).

3. A grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major field and overall.

4. Successfully present the project proposal, implement the project, and complete a successful final paper and oral presentation of the project. Professional dissemination of the project requires successful completion of:

a. An oral defense of both the proposal and final project to the DNP Scholarly Project Advisory Committee members for approval before it is implemented

b. Submission of an abstract to a professional organization for poster or podium presentation at a state, regional, national, or international level

OR

c. Submission of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal

5. Submission of an electronic DNP Portfolio

  • Online Program
  • 1-3 On-campus Visits/semester
  • Full-time/Part-time Options
  • Seamless entry/exit Points Throughout Program