Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations.

This post-graduate program can be completed in as few as 33 credit hours (seven to ten semesters depending on the progression plan). Additional clinical and capstone credits may be required to meet program objectives.

Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space and an adequate cohort of students.

DNP Program Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the West Virginia University School of Nursing will be to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest professional level of nursing practice and will advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations.

At the completion of the program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate will be able to practice at the highest level of professional practice to:

  1. Use science-based theories and concepts to:

    • Determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena,

    • Describe actions and advance strategies to improve health care delivery, and

    • Develop, deliver and evaluate theory-based health care.

  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that emphasizes the primacy of clinical work, continually improving health outcomes, and ensuring patient safety.

  3. Use analytical methods and research to develop best practices and practice guidelines and to facilitate the evaluation of systems of care that will improve patient outcomes.

  4. Use information systems and technology-based resources that support clinical and administrative decision-making, care systems, nurse-sensitive outcomes and quality improvement.

  5. Assume a leadership role in the development of health care policy.

  6. Establish, participate and lead inter-professional teams.

  7. Utilize a strong conceptual foundation in clinical prevention and population health.

  8. Base practice on biophysical, psychosocial, sociopolitical, and cultural principles; economics; nursing science; and ethics.

  9. Develop, implement, and evaluate practice and care delivery models, which are politically and culturally appropriate.

Adapted from AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP Progression Plans

View the progression plans below for more information.

DNP Student Handbook and Graduate Catalog

Please review the BSN-DNP Student Handbook for information on:

  • Degree requirements
  • Progression Plans
  • Academic Standards
  • Residency Requirements
  • The dissertation defense
  • Writing standards
  • And more...

You may also review the WVU Graduate Catalog

Grade and Dismissal Appeals Process

Review the procedure for Grade and Dismissal Appeals. See also the Memorandum for Course Progression during the appeals process.

Post-MSN to DNP Course Descriptions

Students should work with their advisors to ensure they are completing the agreed upon progression plan.

View the list of course descriptions

Information Request

Our Student Services staff will be glad to answer your questions in person, by phone or by e-mail. To learn more about our program, complete the WVU Online information request and someone will be in touch.

For more information about the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, please contact:

Kim McCourt
Recruiting and Outreach Coordinator
Office of Student Services
Phone: 1-866-WVUNURS (toll free)
Email: nursing@hsc.wvu.edu