Doctor of Nursing Practice | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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    Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Starting Fall of 2022

    Advance Patient Care with a Doctor of Nursing Practice

    In today’s complex health system, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) education develops nurse leaders who possess the knowledge to create and implement practice innovations, elevate patient care, increase quality and safety, and guide organizational change. The DNP, as a terminal degree, provides nurses with a voice to guide the future of the nursing profession to advance healthcare and patient-centered care in this climate of change and reform. Capital University is a trusted leader in nursing education with more than 70 years of experience preparing nurse leaders for lives of service to improve health and healing in the community and the world.

    The Capital Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice focused doctorate which typically takes 2 years of full-time study to complete. Capital’s DNP program offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs by emphasizing health systems, quality and safety, executive leadership, and exceptional nursing practice.

    Indirect or Direct Care Focus. 35 Minimum Credit Hours. 3 Total Visits to Campus*. 600 Hour Practicum.
    * DNP students need to come to campus 3 times for 2 days each over the entire curriculum for intensives.

    The Capital DNP offers three areas concentration specialties: health systems in quality and safety, executive leadership, and Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist, which prepares nursing professionals for leader roles in education, administrative, and clinical settings. The program offers a post Masters degree to DNP with online learning and in-person field experiences in settings that maximize your DNP learning journey , giving you flexibility in schedule and selective immersions. All DNP tracks offer important in-person immersion experiences that give learners the opportunity to learn from the experts and this often leads to job opportunities in a broad array of settings.

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the highest awarded degree in the Nursing Program at Capital, whose reputation for excellence is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the university.

    "Strong (nursing) leadership is critical if the vision of a transformed health care system is to be realized ... These leaders must act as full partners with physicians and other health professionals, and must be accountable for their own contributions to delivering high-quality care while working collaboratively with leaders from other health professions."

    — The Institute of Medicine

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice Distinction

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a relatively new degree, and since 2004, the AACN has endorsed the DNP as the required education preparation for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). The interest in DNP programs has continued to rise as both nurses and their employers recognize the value of the DNP distinction.

    Regarding outcomes, DNP-prepared nurses earn more per year than nurses who possess a master’s degree. Actual salary can vary greatly depending upon role and specialty. And job outlook is strong. The demand for quality health care continues to grow for two reasons: the current nurse leader population is approaching retirement and secondly, as our baby boomer population ages, the need for specialized care is also increasing. Highly skilled nurses who can lead at the bedside and in the boardroom are more essential than ever to advancing healthcare and patient-centered care.

    Flexible. Comprehensive.Holistic. The Capital Doctor of Nursing Practice. Online/Hybrid courses for more flexibility. Field experiences with top-tier organizations. Interdisciplinary perspectives from Nursing, Business, Law and Mathematics.

    Nurses that have a DNP are prepared to function in a wide variety of leadership roles in health care systems and in academic settings. These include:

    • Director of Nursing
    • Director of Clinical Operations
    • Service Line Administrator
    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Nursing Educator
    • Director of Quality & Safety
    • Director of Informatics and Data Analytics
    • Director of Nursing and Healthcare Associations
    • Healthcare Policy Analyst

    Nurses with DNPs are greatly needed to improve quality and safety in health care and to assure health system compliance with regulation on health care by serving in roles such as quality improvement, risk management, data analytics, informatics, and research implementation of evidence-based practice. Nurses with DNPs may also serve in national nursing associations, health care and hospital associations, in governmental positions in advisory roles and on commissions and on Boards of Nursing.

    Our Curriculum and Faculty

    The DNP curriculum includes content on health systems, quality and safety, evidence-based practice, population health, policies and ethics, and advanced healthcare technology/informatics. There are a total of three two-day immersion experiences and a five-part progressive DNP Project practicum from conception to implementation and dissemination. Faculty from Capital’s nursing, MBA and Law School programs, who themselves are accomplished scholars and practitioners, give students the advantage of their expertise and networks.

    The program focuses on leadership development and executive nursing practice, cultivating expertise in areas essential to the executive nurse including:

    • Quality and Safety in Health Systems
    • Health Care Finance
    • Organizational and Executive Leadership
    • Health Care Policy, Law and Ethics
    • Effective Communication (Verbal and Written)
    • Innovation
    • Data and Quality Improvement Science

    Our Nursing, Business and Law schools are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, Accreditation Council for Business School Programs and American Bar Association. Capital’s nursing program also is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League of Nursing.

    Admission Prerequisites

    Master’s degree in Nursing from a CCNE- or NLN-accredited program with an Administration or Health Care Leadership focus preferred. Master’s grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale.

    Application Requirements

    • Transcripts from any institution where you earned a degree or completed any coursework.
    • Three references attesting to your expertise in nursing or health care. Reference forms will be provided.
    • Goal statement: In one to three double-spaced pages, discuss your reasons for seeking doctoral study, including your short- and long-term professional goals. Discuss a system or population you are interested in working with and identify/discuss a system or health problem in that population that you wish to study as a DNP project.
    • Personal interview
    • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which field experiences will occur (prerequisite to clinical experience).
    • An example of scholarly written work, completed within two years of application, related to nursing that demonstrates excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and logically. Samples of scholarly work include: formal research paper written in your MSN program; published article on a nursing issue; or paper written on nursing issue of interest to you.
    • Current vita/résumé
  • Adult and Graduate Tuition and Fees

    Adult and Graduate Tuition and Fees
    Adult and Continuing Education $540 x credit hour
    Adult and Continuing Education (Social Work) $417 x credit hour
    Master of Arts in Education (includes endorsement) $665 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Music Education $690 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Business Administration $710 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Nursing $690 x credit hour
    Accelerated BSN $599 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - JD Concentrations $1,415 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - LL.M. $1,415 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - Master of Taxation $735 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - Master of Legal Studies $710 x credit hour
    Evening Paralegal Program $412 x credit hour
    Summer Immersion Paralegal Program $412 x credit hour
    Life Care Planner $412 x credit hour
    Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University $656 x credit hour
    Health and Wellness (Full-time students only) $110/year
    Technology Fee $240/year
    Activity Fee $100/year
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