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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Bay Path University's fully online BSN-DNP is a 70 credit, 19 course program (plus 1,000 supervised clinical hours). The degree will be offered on a part-time basis, requiring students to take 2 courses per semester. Students can complete the BSN-DNP in approximately 3 years. The program must be completed within 7 years of enrollment. 

YEAR ONE: 

  • Is composed of didactic courses providing core knowledge and skills required for the doctorally-prepared advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).
  • Has sufficient depth of focus, a separate course is included for each of the following content areas: advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, nursing theory and health promotion, biostatistics and epidemiology, population health, and healthcare informatics.

YEARS TWO & THREE:

  • Study focuses on the didactic/clinical family nurse practitioner courses and DNP capstone project requirements.
  • All of the focused family nurse practitioner courses are completed concurrently with clinical practicum courses. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours divided among 5 clinical content areas (adult primary care, women’s health, geriatrics, pediatrics, and mental health) in a supervised clinical immersion practicum that prepares them for the advanced practice registered nurse role as a family nurse practitioner. Because the program is entirely online, supervised clinical experiences can be arranged in students’ home geographic areas. If a clinical site is not available near a student's residence, temporary relocation may be necessary. Clinical sites and preceptors will be approved by Bay Path University.

 

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
HCM502 Managing Healthcare Delivery Systems 3

This course discusses the complex organizational dynamics and structures that dictate the interactions among the major components of the US. Healthcare System. The course will also investigate best practices and information related to providing excellence in service.

MLN610 Advanced Leadership and Negotiation Concepts 3

This course builds on the basic classes by delving deeper into many of the complicating factors leaders and negotiators face as they do their work. Some of the issues that will be explored in detail are building an organization of leaders, working effectively in teams, empowering others to lead, handling power when you do and do not have it, and managing time pressure and deadlines. Students will have the opportunity to engage with these subjects through case studies and simulations.

NUR505 Nursing Theory and Health Promotion 3

Students analyze theories and research from Nursing, health promotion, health protection and disease prevention. Family, human development, patient education and community are the foundation for exploring the phenomena of family-focused care. Data grounded in epidemiological sources, health histories and family assessments are examined as the basis for identification of risk factors.

NUR515 Healthcare Informatics 3

This course focuses on the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information in Nursing and health care. Students explore nursing informatics, the information system life-cycle, telemedicine, and the use of technology to enhance nursing care delivery and patient safety. Students learn how to design, use, and manipulate large and small patient databases for the analysis of patient outcomes.

NUR545 Population Health: Analysis and Evaluation 3

This course explores the reciprocity between health care policies and population health and emphasizes the relationship of behaviors as well as social and political structures to health outcomes. A variety of theories, concepts, and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines will be utilized to examine influences at multiple levels (e.g., personal, community, institutional, and public policy).

NUR600 Advanced Pathophysiology and Genetics 3

This course presents the theoretical and clinical principles and an in-depth description of diseases most often encountered in the primary care setting. The student will explore the pathophysiology and disruptions in normal body functioning for individuals across the lifespan. Health disparities resulting from genetic, environmental and stress-related causes will be analyzed. Assessment findings, diagnostic testing and interventions specific to selected health problems will be explored. Application of the advanced practice role in the treatment and management of disease processes will be discussed.

NUR610 Utilization of Research in Evidence-Based Practice 3

This course provides an examination of the research process, statistical analysis, and evidence-based practice with applicability to advanced nursing practice. Attention is given to critical research methods, analysis, and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Emphasis on how research contributes to the development of nursing knowledge, improves patient care, and enhances the education and professional accountability of nurse practitioners.

NUR620 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan 3

This course will build upon basic pharmacologic principles developed in the professional DNP’s basic educational program. This course is designed to expand the graduate student’s knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. The purpose of the content is to provide the graduate the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and manage a client’s common health problems in a safe, high quality, and cost-effective manner.

NUR625 Professional Development: Advocacy, Cultural Competence, Ethics, and Legislative Issues 3

Inter-professional course introducing students to theories of healthcare ethics, ethical decision-making, legal and professional standards, institutional policies, and major ethical dilemmas facing today's practitioners.

NUR630 Advanced Health Assessment through Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making 3

Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. This course will also focus on the foundations and principles of differential diagnosis, diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making as well as bio-psycho-socio-cultural/spiritual considerations in advanced assessment across the lifespan.

NUR735 FNP Primary Care Adolescents and Adult Patients 6

The focus of this course is integration of the FNP core knowledge in health promotion and diagnosis and management in the care of the adolescent and adult patient and families in the primary health care setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of adolescent and adult patients and families with acute and chronic complex health problems. In addition, the family nurse practitioner as a collaborative member of the inter-professional team will be emphasized. 222 hrs. clinical practicum required.
(Pre-requisites: NUR 600, NUR 620, NUR 630).

NUR740 FNP Women’s Health 6

The focus of this course is integration of the FNP core knowledge in health promotion and diagnosis and management in the care of the female patient and families in the primary health care setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of women patients and families with acute and chronic complex health problems. In addition, the family nurse practitioner as a collaborative member of the inter-professional team will be emphasized. 148 hrs. clinical practicum required.
(Pre-requisites: NUR 600, NUR 620, NUR 630)

NUR750 FNP Pediatrics 5

The focus of this course is integration of the FNP core knowledge in health promotion and diagnosis and management in the care of the pediatric patient and families in the primary health care setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of pediatric patients and families with acute and chronic complex health problems. In addition, the family nurse practitioner as a collaborative member of the inter-professional team will be emphasized. 148 hrs. clinical practicum required.
(Pre-requisites: NUR 600, NUR 620, NUR 630)

NUR755 FNP Mental Health 5

The focus of this course is integration of the FNP core knowledge in health promotion and diagnosis and management in the care of the psychiatric patient and families in the primary health care setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of psychiatric patients and families with acute and chronic complex health problems. In addition, the family nurse practitioner as a collaborative member of the inter-professional team will be emphasized. 222 hrs. clinical practicum required.
(Pre-requisites: NUR 600, NUR 620, NUR 630)

NUR760 FNP Geriatrics and Chronic Illness 6

The focus of this course is integration of the FNP core knowledge in health promotion and diagnosis and management in the care of the mature and aging patient and families in the primary health care setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of mature and aging patients and families with acute and chronic complex health problems. In addition, the family nurse practitioner as a collaborative member of the inter-professional team will be emphasized. 222 hrs. clinical practicum required.
(Pre-requisites: NUR 600, NUR 620, NUR 630)

NUR765 DNP Capstone I 3

DNP Capstone I is the first of two Capstone courses in which students complete an integrated evidence-based project that demonstrates a practice (as opposed to a research) focus. In Capstone I, students refine the project topic identified in NUR 610, and complete and defend a proposal which leads to a final application-oriented, scholarly work exemplifying the concept of the scholar-practitioner. Practice change initiatives, performance management projects, healthcare policy, and innovative uses of technology are some examples of projects within the scope of a DNP graduate. (Pre-requisite: NUR 610)

NUR770 DNP Forum and Role Transformation 3

This seminar facilitates the transition of graduate nursing students to advanced clinical practice. It emphasizes the goals and tasks of the transformation of identity from student to independent professional.

NUR775 DNP Capstone II 3

In this course, students complete the evidence-based project started in Capstone I. In Capstone II, the emphasis is on evaluation and multiple modalities for dissemination of findings of the project for translating evidence into practice. 40 hrs. of clinical practicum required. (Pre-requisite: NUR 765)

PHE502 Biostatistics and Epidemiology 3

Students explore epidemiological investigation of diseases with special emphasis on the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population. Topics to be covered include epidemics and the spread of infectious disease, epidemiological aspects of non-infectious disease; rates of morbidity and mortality, sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values' strategies used in epidemiological studies to include measures of disease effect, validity, reliability; sampling methods and computer-based bio statistical analysis.