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.
Vivian Schrader, PhD, RN, CNE
Professor and Associate Director, RN-BS, AGNP, and DNP Programs
The Doctor in 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.
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:
- scientific underpinnings for practice
- organizational and systems leadership
- clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
- information systems and patient care technology
- health care policy
- inter-professional collaboration
- clinical prevention, and
- advanced nursing practice.
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.
- 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.
If you have questions about the application process, or would like to discuss your academic and professional goals with a member of the DNP faculty, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Nancy Loftus, 208-426-3819, email@example.com