The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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Nursing Exec DNP

Master's to DNP Completion Program Details

The DNP Completion Program, for registered nurses with any master's degree, is responsive to the needs of working professionals. 

Upon completion of the program, you will have completed the required coursework and clinical hours to meet the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Program Delivery

The program is designed to be responsive to the diverse needs of the DNP completion student.

You can choose between two delivery options: on-campus/hybrid or online/hybrid. Both options follow the same course progression and requirements leading to the same degree.

  • For our on-campus/hybrid option, students attend in-person, class sessions on "teaching weekends," that are scheduled for specific Friday evenings and/or Saturdays (Teaching Weekend schedule for dates). Integrated with the in-person sessions are online modules that extend the scope, depth, and impact of the real-time interaction.
  • Our online/hybrid option provides students with the alternative of participating in the synchronous sessions via audio-visual conferencing, which makes the sessions accessible from a distance. Integrated with these are the asynchronous, online modules that further promote accommodation for student needs, learning styles, and personal circumstances. 
  • A key element of our program is the synchronous sessions that are held throughout the course of the program. These are key to relationship development and team building. They provide time for you to interact over-time with faculty and student colleagues.
  • Our program is committed to accessible education for the working professional. However, practice expectations may demand flexibility on your part.

Practicum Hours

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice student, you must complete a total of 1000 clinical hours during the DNP Completion program. You are eligible to transfer in up to 500 clinical hours from approved master's level practicum coursework.

Estimated Cost

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2015-16 academic year rate is $1,245 per unit. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $50 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course. 

Course Details

You can complete the DNP Completion doctoral program in about 2.5 years, or 7 semesters, depending upon how many courses are taken in a semester. Individualized curriculum plans are negotiated between you and your adviser if you wish to complete the program following a different pace.

A detailed progression of the courses below will be provided to you in your acceptance packet or upon request.

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.

Theory Coursework

NURS 701 Applied Data Analysis | 3 credits
NURS 702 Epidemiology | 3 credits
NURS 704 Healthcare Informatics | 3 credits
NURS 705 Scholarly Communication | 3 credits
NURS 711 Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare | 3 credits
NURS 754 Policy and Ethical Implications for Healthcare Outcomes | 3 credits
NURS 756 Leadership in Complex Adaptive Systems | 3 credits
NURS 762 Financial Management Basics (per adviser) | 1 credit
NURS 763 Management of Financial Resources | 3 credits
NURS 765 Project and Practice Management | 3 credits

Practicum Coursework

NURS 790 Practicum 1: Micro-systems (if no hours transferred in) | 1-3 credits
NURS 791 Practicum II: Micro-system | 1-5 credits
NURS 792 Practicum III: Meso-system | 1-5 credits
NURS 793 Practicum IV: Macro-system | 1-5 credits
NURS 794 Practicum V: Synthesis & Complex Organizations | 1-5 credits

Milestone Coursework

NURS 749 Qualifying Course | 1 credit
NURS 789 DNP Project | 1 credit
NURS 795 DNP Residency | 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS 41-52