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Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Historical Milestone Attained: School of Nursing Celebrates First Doctoral Graduates

    Five students have completed the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program at Boise State University, marking the graduation of the School of Nursing's first doctoral students.

Pam StrohfusWelcome! We are so pleased that you are taking steps to reach your goal of achieving a doctoral degree.

Whether you are a a direct care clinician, a health care executive or administrator, a public health official, a policy advocate or an educator, the Doctor in Nursing Practice curriculum at Boise State will prepare you to be a leader. You will build sophisticated expertise in assessing organizations, analyzing systems’ issues, transforming evidence based practices into clinically significant results, and in creating and implementing innovative strategies to improve health care outcomes.

Best Wishes,
Pam Strohfus, DNP, RN, CNE
DNP Program Coordinator

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Boise State is a CCNE Accredited post-master’s program for nurses who are committed to creating and implementing strategies that improve health care outcomes for patients, populations or communities.

The 8-semester DNP Program consists of 40 credits and is designed to be completed in 2.5 years. Courses are delivered online (see Course Descriptions), and there are three Executive Sessions (2-3 days each) held on campus in Boise, Idaho.  The centerpiece of the program is the completion of a comprehensive Scholarly Project.

Why Boise State?

The School of Nursing is a leading center for nursing education, accredited since 1969. The DNP curriculum has been carefully designed by a team of nursing education professionals to provide you with an enriching and engaging experience and to support you in the development of a culminating Scholarly project.

Our faculty are passionate about nursing practice, and are experienced online educators with a wide range of clinical and academic expertise. You can expect support and encouragement as you work to achieve your academic and professional goals.

Boise State’s DNP adheres to the AACN’s call for graduates of DNP programs to develop and expand their knowledge and expertise in eight essential areas:

  1. scientific underpinnings for practice
  2. organizational and systems leadership
  3. clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  4. information systems and patient care technology
  5. health care policy
  6. inter-professional collaboration
  7. clinical prevention, and
  8. advanced nursing practice.

Why Pursue a DNP?

As a DNP student at Boise State, you will develop a broader understanding of health care delivery, inter-professional communication, and complex systems and operations. You will acquire advanced practice expertise and leadership skills that will position you to help shape the rapid and significant changes occurring within U.S. and global health care systems in a way that keeps the focus on improving health outcomes for patients. In addition, acquiring a doctoral degree will open doors to executive roles, administrative positions, and service on hospital and industry boards where your expertise will shape policy, procedures, strategies and vision.

Flexible Online Courses

The DNP program offers online courses to maximize flexibility combined with three on-campus Executive Sessions (2-3 days each). The first session will orient you to the curriculum and program expectations. At the second session, you will present the proposal for your Scholarly Project, and at the third and final session, you will present your Scholarly Project.

Scholarly Project Requirement

Examples of Scholarly ProjectsEach DNP student designs a Scholarly Project that will impact health care outcomes and resolve a nursing practice problem in either direct or indirect care. Students begin developing their projects during the first semester of the DNP program. Project proposals are presented during the second DNP Executive Session, and final reports are presented at the final DNP Executive Session prior to graduation.

For example, the Scholarly Project can:

  • focus on improving patient care processes for individuals or populations,
  • identify a solution for improving systems or administration procedures,
  • be designed to enhance nursing practice through education,
  • identify an approach to engage and advocated for a change in health care policy.

We invite you to view examples of DNP Scholarly Projects completed by Boise State alumni.

Technology Requirements

Online courses at Boise State require a computer capable of running any certified or compatible operating system and web browser listed by Blackboard (sorry, no tablets or smartphones). You will also need:

  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband or a high speed network connection is preferred.
  • Access to a scanner or mobile app for creating scanned pdf.
  • The ability to send and receive email, including email attachments.
  • Knowledge of how to format and submit documents using Microsoft Word and Power Point.
  • The ability to use Adobe Acrobat reader to view course materials.
  • Access to a device (camera, tablet, smart phone) that allows you to create short videos.
  • Other requirements as specified for individual courses.

DNP or PhD?

DNP or PhD pdfThere are two terminal degrees for nurses: the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The PhD is designed to prepare nurse scientist and scholars whereas the DNP is the highest degree for nurses working with patients, teaching nursing practice, or leading health related organizations. For more, see Difference between PhD in Nursing and DNP programs pdf.

Want to Learn More?

loftus_nancyIf you have questions about the application process, or would like to discuss your academic and professional goals, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Nancy Loftus
Phone: (208) 426-3819