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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program will prepare clinical leaders for comprehensive clinical nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, grounded in evidence-based application, within a changing health care system.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is a distance program with course work delivered online and clinical components being completed in a student's surrounding area within the United States. Students will also come to the ISU Pocatello campus for 2-3 days each semester for clinical intensives.

Degree options include Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

Curricula

Both the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs are BSN-DNP degree programs. Graduation from an accredited Master's in Nursing program will also be considered for admission.

*Students may be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the DNP program which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner Full Time Curriculum

Family Nurse Practitioner Part Time Curriculum

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Full Time Curriculum

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Part Time Curriculum

Post Master's DNP Degree for Certified FNPs and PMHNPs

Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pratitioner Post Master's Curriculum

*In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, the applicant must hold national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, FNP option, the applicant must hold national certification as an FNP. In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, PMHNP option, the applicant must hold national certification as a PMHNP. Other Advanced Practice Certifications will not be considered for the Post Master's DNP degree program.

All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply.

Goals and Outcomes

Goal
The primary goal of the DNP degree program is to prepare experts in advanced nursing practice in specialized areas with an emphasis on innovation and evidence based application to improve health care outcomes.

Program Outcomes

  1. Assume interprofessional leadership to advance clinical practice and health care delivery to rural and diverse populations.
  2. Integrate nursing science into evidence based care for individuals, families, and communities to improve outcomes.
  3. Incorporate practice initiatives to improve systems of health care delivery.
  4. Advocate policy for health care.

Finances

Cost of Attendance

Costs for tuition and general fees at ISU are listed on the Cost of Attendance web page on the Finance and Administration website.

Professional Fee for the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs = $1,940.00 per semester.

In addition to ISU tuition and fees, a professional fee is assessed for all undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing. Professional fees for the nursing programs are used to support faculty salaries, instruction support services, durable & disposable equipment and supplies, faculty and staff program travel, capital equipment and a reserve for maintenance and purchase of major capital items.

Professional fees for the DNP program are $1,940.00 per semester including any summer session regardless of number of credits in which the student is enrolled. There is also a $35.00 per credit e-ISU online course fee.

Scholarships

The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $40,000 in scholarships, and the School of Nursing scholarship application is available annually in April.
Please see the Scholarship Office website for more information about scholarship opportunities available through ISU. For the list of nursing scholarships under Division of Health Science, please see the "Scholarship Listings by College" web page.

Scholarship Resources Outside of ISU

The ISU Scholarship Office also maintains a page with other scholarship resources outside of ISU.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework) from a Bachelor of Science degree program (BS in Nursing or BSN).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include: 1) Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or 2) Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or 3) Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission includes scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application by established deadline.
  5. Evidence of completing a descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher within five years prior to start of the academic year of admission to the program.
  6. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  7. Completion of a preadmission interview by the School of Nursing DNP Admissions committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 100 miles, an interview by video conference may be arranged.
  8. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the DNP program to be held on the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission.

Two years of documented previous healthcare or nursing experience before admission is preferred, but not required.

Although the School of Nursing does not require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, the Graduate School does require the GRE for students with an Admission GPA under 3.5 (calculated using 60+/- semester undergraduate credits in complete semesters).

Admission to the FNP or PMHNP DNP degree option is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the SON.

The School of Nuirsing DNP Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Online Application

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Starting Fall 2016, all application materials are submitted in one application through the Graduate School. Applicants for Fall 2017 admission are encouraged to apply well before the February 1st priority deadline.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Submission of official transcripts of all degrees including the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or BS in Nursing) from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar's office of the applicant's previous institution(s) of study.
  2. Submission of a professional essay (3-4 pages) describing education, research, clinical and life experiences that prepare the applicant for the DNP program, and how this preparation will faciliate career goals.
  3. Three professional references attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for doctoral study.
  4. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

Post Master's Applicants ONLY:

  1. Post Master's applicants must provide proof of certification in the option (FNP of PMHNP) for which application is submitted.
  2. The Post Master's applicant must submit at the time of application an offical letter (with the university seal) which documents the total number of clinical hours completed in previous Master's degree advanced practice program in Nursing from which the student graduated. An official transcript which documents the total number of clinical hours completed in previous advanced practice program will be accepted. The applicant will be required as a process of admission to contract with the School of Nursing to complete additional clinical hours as determined to meet national requirements for the DNP degree.

Selection Process for the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Program

Applications for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track of the DNP degree program are no longer being accepted.

Applications for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track and the Post Master's DNP track for Certified FNPs or PMHNPs for Fall 2017 admission into the DNP degree program are still being accepted.

Preference will be given to full-time applicants in any option. Post Masters applications are welcomed and reviewed independently. Preference will also be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply. Notification of applicants selected for admission and alternates will be announced in April of any year.

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Karen Neill, PhD, RN, SANE-A

Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Professor

Office: Pocatello

208-282-2102

neilkare@isu.edu

Professional Profile

Questions related to technical aspects of submitting the online application should be addressed to:

Jack Hadlich, BA, MS

Administrative Assistant I

Office: Pocatello

208-282-4346

hadljack@isu.edu

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