DNP Courses

All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list below should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. View course descriptions below.

Example Plans of Study

Fall Term - Year One

NRS 700

PROGRAM ORIENTATION

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This course provides the doctoral program orientation for Nebraska Methodist College.  Emphasis will be placed on program delivery modalities, resource utilization, and scholarly writing.  Students must complete this course on campus. (Cross-listed with EDD 700)

  • Credits: 0.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to DNP program. 

NRS 758

HEALTH SYSTEMS, INFORMATICS & LEADERSHIP

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This course provides an overview of contemporary health care systems and organizations. Within this overview the research, health policy, regulation, and law are examined from the perspective of how these factors shape healthcare organizations. Available technology tools to interpret and organize health data is investigated in relation to health system productivity. This course synthesizes leadership and system theory into understanding the healthcare industry and program development to become a leader in patient centered care and positive health outcomes. (Cross-listed with MBH 600)

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 734

EPIDEMIOLOGY

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This course engages students in a comprehensive study of the concepts of epidemiology in relation to nursing practice, public health, and health policy. Concepts of health, risk, disease causality, and strategies to reduce the incidence and prevalence of health problems will be examined.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SSC 730, or evidence of graduate-level statistics course

NRS 780

ADVANCED PUBLIC HEALTH

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This course lays the framework for the advanced public health nurse role with an emphasis on public health policy. This course explores conceptual models and frameworks to examine complex public health issues, systems, policies, and practice. Students evaluate community issues and integrate clinical health practices emphasizing a health promotion and prevention approach while addressing health disparities of vulnerable and diverse populations.

  • Credits: 3.0

Spring Term - Year One

SSC 730

BIOSTATISTICS

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This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply bio-statistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality nursing practice. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (SPSS) to assist in making effective decisions.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 754

HEALTHCARE POLICY

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This course provides a foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence healthcare policy decisions. The relationship between health policy, social justice, and practice will be explored. Students will examine current healthcare policy and factors which influence policy development. The healthcare policy will be investigated. (Cross-listed with EDD 754, MBH 660)

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 784

PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS

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This course provides a foundation for a systematic process to clarify, prioritize, and justify ethical principles and values that guide public health action. Students will compare and contrast public health ethics to bioethics and medical ethics that guide biology and clinical medicine which are individual or patient centered. Throughout this course students will distinguish public health ethics as a population-based approach to public health as a field of study.

  • Credits: 3.0

Summer Term - Year One

NRS 832

POPULATION BASED HEALTH CARE

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This course provides theoretical foundation for clinical role development and skills required identify care needs at a population level and strategies to improve population outcomes. The course focus is on translational research and the application of evidence-based concepts essential to delivery of population based health care practice. Analysis of the impact of social, cultural, ecological, and systems across various populations will be emphasized throughout the course. A portion of this course requires on-campus completion.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 802, NRS 812, NRS 822

NRS 750

HEALTHCARE FINANCE

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This course provides the basics of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, healthcare finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis and healthcare innovation. The financial environment of healthcare and how it impacts healthcare providers and leaders is examined. The relationship between healthcare economics, health policy, program development and clinical practice is explored. (Cross-listed with EDD 750, MBH 670)

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 880

CAPSTONE I

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This is the first of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project proposal. The project will focus on a practice problem within a specific population and contribute to the advancement of nursing practice. Students examine the elements of a proposal and identify a practice problem of interest. Students will conduct a scholarly literature review related to a practice problem and critically appraise the evidence. Students will apply a theoretical framework as a foundation for a clinical project. (Cross-listed with EDD 880)

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SSC 730, SSC 734, NRS 742

Fall Term - Year Two

NRS 792

ADVANCED PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICUM

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This course provides the foundation for clinical role development in advanced public health nursing. Students will experientially examine public health nursing from a systems perspective and involves no individual level patient care. The preceptor supervised practicum expectations include role exploration and evidence-based project development.

  • Credits: 2.0 / 120 clinical hours

NRS 894

CLINICAL INQUIRY FOR THE DNP

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This course facilitates a student's synthesis, integration and translation of knowledge and skills within the context of healthcare delivery and population based healthcare. Within a collaborative environment and under the direction of a faculty advisor, the student will plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate a capstone project.

  • Credits: 9 credits/ 540 clinical hours
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 880

NRS 788

CIVIC HEALTH

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This course uses the Culture of Health framework to examine the role of civic health in the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Students will examine civic health indicators (i.e. volunteering and giving, group membership, trust in institutions, social interactions, neighbor connectedness, voting and registration, and political involvement) in relation to population-based care, health policy, ethics, and finance. Examination of social change leadership, analysis of civic-related research, and exploration of civic identity will further student civic and public purpose as a health care professional and educated citizen.

  • Credits: 3.0

Spring Term - Year Two

NRS 796

HEALTH POLICY PRACTICUM

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This experiential course examines health policy from public, institutional, organizational, and legal domains. Students will explore the intersection of health policy and law using a social, political, and economic context. The preceptor supervised practicum expectations include health policy related interprofessional role exploration and identifying policy implications in project development.

  • Credits: 2.0 / 120 clinical hours

NRS 894

CLINICAL INQUIRY FOR THE DNP

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This course facilitates a student's synthesis, integration and translation of knowledge and skills within the context of healthcare delivery and population based healthcare. Within a collaborative environment and under the direction of a faculty advisor, the student will plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate a capstone project.

  • Credits: 9 credits/ 540 clinical hours
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 880

NRS 686

RURAL NURSING

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This course analyzes the major concepts of public health and health determinants in rural communities. Theories and models of rural nursing will be examined to provide a broad understanding of the characteristics of health care in rural settings.  Concepts explored throughout the course enhance the competence of nurse leaders and educators to address the challenges and develop the opportunities of nursing in a rural setting.

  • Credits: 3.0

Summer Term - Year Two

NRS 840

RESIDENCY

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This course is an advanced nursing practicum that provides an opportunity for the student to integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in doctoral course work. In consultation with their DNP faculty advisor, students will select an area of clinical practice relevant to career aspirations. This residency provides the culmination experience for developing clinical knowledge and skills that demonstrate essentials of doctoral education.

  • Credits: 3 credits/180 clinical hours
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 802, NRS 806, NRS 812, NRS 816, NRS 822, NRS 826, NRS 832, NRS 836

NRS 894

CLINICAL INQUIRY FOR THE DNP

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This course facilitates a student's synthesis, integration and translation of knowledge and skills within the context of healthcare delivery and population based healthcare. Within a collaborative environment and under the direction of a faculty advisor, the student will plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate a capstone project.

  • Credits: 9 credits/ 540 clinical hours
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 880

NRS 690

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM PLANNING

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This course is designed to assist the advanced practice nurse in developing, implementing, and evaluating health programs at the individual level and the population or community level. Using public health theory as a basis, content will focus on targeting diverse populations, determinants of health problems and strategies to address these health problems.

  • Credits: 3.0