What is the cost of the program?

Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Semester can be located here: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/nursing/student-affairs/fees.aspx

Where can I get my CPR/First Aid?

Contact the American Heart Association

What is the difference between the Basic First Aid and BLS/AED for HealthCare Providers?

CPR, also referred to as Heartsaver or Heartsaver/AED, is taught to individuals who do not currently hold another medical certification or degree. They are not trained in any other area of health care. Basic terminology is used and the focus of this course is to maintain adequate circulation until trained professionals arrive to assist.

BLS for Healthcare Providers is essentially the same course of instruction however, it is designed for personnel who work in the healthcare environment and have knowledge and training in medical terminology and basics of first-aid, etc. Specific references in the course are directed at CPR in the clinical setting and assume that the trainee already has a basic understanding of general terminology, anatomy, etc.

Where do I send official transcripts for pre-requisites I am finishing before I start nursing school?

TTUHSC SON
3601 4th Street
MS 6264 ATTN: Admission Coordinator
Lubbock, TX 79430

Where can I find a book list?

You can locate the book list and various other resources on the School of Nursing website under Current Student Resources

When can I register for classes?

You will not be able to register for nursing classes until all forms and immunization records are received by the Student Affairs Office.

Do you help with or provide housing?

Nursing students are responsible for finding their own housing.

What is the dress code for orientation?

Business Casual

Is orientation mandatory?

Yes, it is mandatory.

What immunizations do I need? Where do I obtain my immunizations?

All applicants who receive offers of admission will be required to submit evidence of required immunizations. Failure to maintain documentation of the following immunization requirements in the appropriate program office can result in exclusion from clinical practice and a hold being placed on school records. The following information must be on file for a complete immunization record while enrolled in the School of Nursing:

  • Hepatitis B series (Hep B)
    Must begin series by the first day of new student orientation, to be completed within 6 months.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine/titer (MMR)
    By the first day of new student orientation (Note: Women who need MMR must make an appointment with a health professional to verify pregnancy status before receiving MMR.)
  • Tuberculin test (PPD)
    By the first day of new student orientation and annually thereafter.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td)
    By the first day of new student orientation (Booster required every 10 years.)
  • Varicella
    By the first day of new student orientation - vaccine or statement of disease.
  • Meningococcal
    By the first day new student orientation. Required only for students under the age of 30.
  • Bacterial Meningitis
    By the first day of new student orientation - for students under the age of 30.

Do I have to enroll Full-Time? Are there Part-Time options?

Yes you may enroll as a part-time student. The program must be completed within 2 years. The RN-BSN program was designed for the full-time working nurse. Full-time students are only enrolled in 2-3 classes at any time because of the design of the curriculum and degree plans.

How much contact will I have with my instructors?

Your Instructors should be available throughout the length of your course. Please review your syllabus to find out which way they prefer to be contacted during the semester.

Do I need all of the books on the booklist?

Only buy the books required for the course you are enrolled in during the semester. If the book is marked required, then you need to purchase it. Several books which are used during the first semester may also be used during the second semester.

What kind of support do I have if I am experiencing any issues?

If it is an issue with course work, please contact your instructor. Please contact a Student Affairs Coordinator for any other program-related issues.

I have questions regarding the APA format and writing.

Smart Thinking is available as a tool to assist with writing and is available in SAKAI. You may also use this link for additional assistance: http://nursing.ttuhsc.edu/apa/

Will all my previous courses count toward this degree?

Prerequisite courses from other accredited institutions with equivalent course content are acceptable for transfer if a grade of "C" or higher were earned. A timeframe for when these prerequisite courses must be completed does not exist. Pass/Fail courses are not acceptable for transfer. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher must be achieved for admission consideration.

Is there a date limit for acceptance of prerequisite courses taken?

There is no date limit for acceptance of prerequisite courses completed in previous years.

Where can I take general education courses?

Any regionally accredited community college or institution of higher education that provides comparable courses. Other options are TTU College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (806-742-3671) (www.depts.ttu.edu/testing/cleps.php) or TTU College Outreach and Distance Education (1-800-692-6877 or 806-742-7200), (www.dce.ttu.edu) or the University of Texas at Austin (1-800-252-3461). The RN-BSN Coordinators can help you with particular course questions.

Can I enroll in the RN to BSN Program directly out of my basic nursing program before I have completed the state board examination?

We welcome your application, but beginning the RN to BSN Program is contingent upon you receiving your RN license and satisfactory completion of all prerequisites.

Can I be admitted if I am not a U.S. citizen?

The RN to the World Education Services P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745 to have your transcript reviewed for general education requirements (this includes citizens from Canada and Mexico). There may be a requested fee for this review.

RN to international students, including those applicants from Canada and Mexico. International students not living in the United States at the time of application should apply one year in advance. Application fees will apply.

For additional information regarding admission as an international student, contact the Admissions Evaluator, Registrar’s Office at 806-743-2300 or Fax 806-743-2027.

Does the RN-BSN program accept out-of-state students?

Yes, we have had students who reside in areas outside of Texas. Please contact the RN to BSN Coordinators for additional information.

Can LVNs apply to the RN-BSN program?

The RN-BSN program provides only upper division nursing courses for the baccalaureate nursing degree. The program is designed specifically for RNs who are seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The RN to BSN Coordinators will be happy to refer you to a school in your area that will help you accomplish your goal of basic nursing education, so you can continue with us toward your BSN.

When should I submit my application for enrollment?

Submit your application approximately three-five months in advance of the application deadline to assist in the processing of your information. During this time, you can still be taking the remaining courses of your pre-nursing requirements. The early submission will assist us in making the entry process smooth for you. See admission times here.

How will my degree plan be individualized?

The RN to BSN Program is designed to be completed in two semesters; however we know that life circumstances happen, so we are happy to work with individual students to redesign the degree plan. The RN to BSN Coordinators will assist you.

Do I need to come to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock during my course work?

No, you are not required to come to TTUHSC. However, you may want to travel to Lubbock to participate in graduation.

How will the RN to BSN program be provided?

The program is delivered online using a Blackboard Platform. Instruction will be provided through modules in each course with instructional material which might include texts, articles, videotapes, audiotapes, and electronic library materials. Much of the student's interaction with the faculty and other students will be through discussion board and occasionally live chats or web conferencing. The latter two will be scheduled in advance to provide the student sufficient time to schedule to attend, or alternate hours to participate. All of these resources will encourage both individual work and group interaction.

How will I have access to the faculty?

You will have access to each of your Course Facilitators and any clinical faculty via all the methodologies that will be used to deliver the educational material during normal school hours.

How can I buy my books?

TTUHSC Bookstore:
3601 4th Street on the HSC campus, (806) 743-4338, ttuhsc.bkstore.com

TTU Bookstore:
15th & Akron on the TTU campus, (806) 742-3816, bookstore@ttu.edu

Double T Bookstore:
3204 4th Street, (806) 744-4774, www.doubletbookstore.com

Varsity Bookstore:
1305 University, (800) 863-0456, www.varsitybookstore.com

Or through any on-line commercial bookstores.

Are any monies (scholarships, loans, and/or financial aid) available as I complete the RN-BSN program?

Yes, admittance to the School of Nursing must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The School of Nursing requires a FAFSA on file to be eligible for scholarships offered by the school.

Additional information can be found at the Financial Aid Office website. Lena Hooker, Senior Financial Aid Advisory can be reached at 806-743-3025 or Lena.Hooker@ttuhsc.edu.

How much time will I need to allocate to my course work?

As a general rule, for every hour of instruction you will need to plan to spend at least 2-3 hours in preparation and course assignment work. These assignments and projects are very applicable to your present or future nursing position yet are not designed to be accomplished in a short time, so this will require interaction with all the required resources of the course. Some courses have clinical expectations as part of the course.

Will I need a computer for my courses?

Yes, you will need a computer with internet capabilities. Click here for minimum system recommendations.

Will I have access to library resources from any location?

Resources are available via computer and Internet access, such as electronic article reserves. Information about the TTUHSC library resources with web-based courses will be provided at orientation. Many assignments in the program will require web searches.

How do I know I have the computer skills I need to be successful?

To detemine if you have the necessary computer skills to be successful, you may take the Computer Skills Assessment.

Does the program have clinicals?

The answer is no in the traditional sense. However, the program does have field experiences where a student will work with a mentor of the student's choosing, on certain projects required to complete course work. Often this is completed at your place of employment. Also, at times the student may visit a site outside the place of employment to interview personnel and observe the operations of the agency.

Can I live anywhere to take this online program?

You must live no more than one hour away from our 5 clinical sites: Lubbock, Odessa/Midland, Abilene, Amarillo, or Austin/Hill Country. Although the classes are online, the clinical portion of our program is the hands on learning piece. We match you one on one with a BSN in a hospital setting approximately 20-24 hours a week thought out the entire year. Nurse educators will visit the clinical site at least every other week to check on the student and coach. This is not a commute program. If you are interested in our El Paso site, please visit http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/son/.

Does the program have clinicals?

The clinical portion of our program will last all year long. Students complete approximately 20-24 hours a week though the whole year in a hospital setting in either: Austin/Hill Country, Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, or Permian Basin.

How do I get my transcripts evaluated?

To assist you in preparation for completion of remaining general education requirements and enrollment into the Second Degree Program, you may email, mail or fax unofficial copies of your transcripts to the Second Degree Coordinator. Note that transcripts are for evaluation in the Second Degree program only and you should provide your e-mail and contact phone number for follow up. Information will be provided to you regarding the review within two weeks. Official transcripts from all colleges attended will be required when you apply.

Will my previous general education courses count toward this degree?

Prerequisite courses from other accredited institutions with equivalent course content are acceptable for transfer if a grade of "C" or higher were earned. There is no restriction on the age of the courses. Pass/Fail courses are not acceptable for transfer. An overall prerequisite grade point average (GPA) as well as a science prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher must be achieved at application close date and program start date for admission consideration.

Is there an age limit for acceptance of prerequisite courses taken?

There is no age limit for acceptance of prerequisite courses completed in previous years.

Is there any entrance exams required?

Yes, we require that you take the TEAS V nurse entrance exam by application close date.

Can I work during the program?

A commitment not to seek employment during the program is required.

How many students are admitted into the program?

The number varies based on clinical availability, faculty resources, etc. Generally there are 2-3 times more applicants than enrollment slots.

Can I transfer in other nursing courses taken from another RN Program?

No, we do not transfer any other nursing courses towards our program.

Where can I take general education courses?

Any regionally accredited community college or institution of higher education that provides comparable courses. Other options are TTU College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (806-742-3671) or TTU College Outreach and Distance Education (1-800-692-6877 or 806-742-7200), (www.dce.ttu.edu) or the University of Texas at Austin (1-800-252-3461). The Second Degree Coordinators can help you with particular course questions.

Can I be admitted if I am not a U.S. citizen?

The Second Degree Coordinators will work with you on meeting requirements for admission. Applicants who have taken classes outside of the United States should contact a foreign credential services to have your transcript reviewed for general education requirements (this includes citizens from Canada and Mexico). There may be a requested fee for this review. For additional information regarding admission as an international student, contact the Admissions Evaluator in the Registrar's Office at 806-743-2300 or Fax 806-743-2027.

If your last degree is from a college outside of the United States, the School of Nursing requires a TOEFL.

When should I submit my application for enrollment?

The application is open two times a year: spring and fall (application deadline). During this time, you can still be taking prerequisite courses but they must all be complete prior to class start date. Note that at least 3 of the 5 sciences: (Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology) must be completed and grades to us by the time the application closes.

Do I need to come to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock during my course work?

No, students are not required to travel to Lubbock. However, students are welcome to come to Lubbock to participate in convocation and graduation, but this is not required.

How will the Second Degree program be provided?

The didactic potion of the Program is delivered online using a learning management system. Instruction will be provided through modules in each course with instructional material which might include texts, articles, video, podcasts, and electronic library materials. Much of the student's interaction with the faculty and other students will be through discussion board and occasionally live chats or web conferencing. All of these resources will encourage both individual work and group interaction.

This 12 month program has preceptor and nurse-educator oversight (clinical) in the student's own communities in Lubbock, Abilene, Amarillo, Odessa/Midland, and Austin/Hill Country.

How will I have access to the faculty?

You will have access to each of your course facilitators and any clinical faculty via the methodologies that will be used to deliver the educational material during regular school hours. (TTUHSC email, learning management system, phone)

How can I buy my books?

Books can be ordered through any of the following bookstores:

Or through any online commercial bookstores.

Are scholarships and/or financial aid available as I complete the Second Degree program?

Yes, all of the above mentioned assistance is available. Applicants interested in applying for financial aid upon admittance to the School of Nursing must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The School of Nursing requires a FAFSA on file to be eligible for scholarships offered by the school.

**Scholarship eligibility is only available once admitted into the program.

Additional information can be found at the Financial Aid Office website. Fabian Vasquez, Senior Financial Aid Advisory can be reached at fabian.vasquez@ttuhsc.edu.

How much time will I need to allocate to my course work?

The Second Degree Program is 12 months in length and is divided into 3 semesters. Students enroll in approximately 18 to 22 credit hours per semester of online classes. In addition student complete approximately 20 to 24 clinical hours a week in a hospital setting. Students average around 75 hours a week between class, study, and clinical time per week. We ask you not to work.

Will I need a computer for my courses?

Yes, you will need a computer with high speed internet capabilities. Click here for minimum system recommendations.

Will I have access to library resources from any location?

Resources are available via computer and internet access, such as electronic article reserves. Information about the TTUHSC library resources with web-based courses will be provided at orientation. Many assignments in the program will require library/internet searches.

How do I know if I have the computer skills I need to be successful?

To determine if you have the necessary computer skills to be successful, you may take the Computer Skills Assessment.

Can I CLEP a course?

Yes, CLEP courses are acceptable for prerequisite courses. Maximum hours allowed for CLEP or correspondence course are 15 hours each. If any of the pre-requisites have been or will be CLEPPED you will not receive credit towards the GPA we calculate. CLEP credit must be on an official college transcript in order to be acceptable.

Is this program accredited?

Yes.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

 

What are the basic requirements for admission?

All applicants must have the following on file by the application deadline:

  • Completed and submitted application including the following supplemental items:
    • Application fee
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Essay – including personal statement and track-specific section
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Oath of residency
  • Valid RN license and BLS certification

MSN applicants must have their BSN with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher as well as undergraduate research and statistics (C or higher in those two courses). Post-Master's applicants must have a MSN degree completed by the application deadline as well as a transcript evaluation completed prior to applying.

  • Administration requires minimum one (1) year of RN experience prior to application submission
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP) requires a minimum of one (1) year of acute care, intensive care, or emergency department setting experience within the past 5 years
  • Education telephone interview (interviews are conducted on an invitation only basis after a review of submitted application materials)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) requires minimum of one (1) year of RN experience prior to application submission
  • Informatics requires minimum of two (2) years of clinical experience. Experience in nursing informatics or technology (minimum super user experience) is required
  • Nurse Midwifery at least one (1) year of labor and delivery experience or comparable OB clinical experience within the last five (5) years is preferred
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP-AC) requires two (2) years RN experience prior to admission plus acute care, critical care or ER experience in pediatrics
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP-PC) requires two (2) years of RN pediatric experience prior to admission.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) requires a passion to help individuals with mental health disorders and a telephone interview (interviews are conducted on an invitation only basis after a review of submitted application materials)

Is the GRE required?

No

When are the application deadlines?

  • Fall - deadline is February 15th
  • Spring - deadline is August 1st
  • Summer (Post-Master ONLY) - deadline is January 15th

All supplemental items (official transcripts, letters of recommendations, essay, CV, oath of residency and application fee) must be received by Admissions Coordinator prior to the application deadline

How long does the program take to complete? Is it full-time or part-time?

The MSN APRN tracks (Nurse Practitioner & Nurse Midwifery) take approximately two and a half to three years to complete and the MSN Leadership tracks (Education, Administration, & Informatics) is completed in approximately two years. A standard degree plan is created for each track. Deviation from the standard degree plan must be approved by the Program Director and is contingent on course availability and enrollment. The number of total credits required for the MSN program depends on track:

  • MSN Administration - 36 credit hours
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP – 48 credit hours
  • MSN Education - 39 credit hours
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner - 48 credit hours
  • MSN Informatics – 39 credit hours
  • MSN Nurse Midwifery - 51 credit hours
  • MSN Pediatric Acute Care NP – 51 credit hours
  • MSN Pediatric Primary Care NP – 49 credit hours
  • MSN Psychiatric Mental Health NP – 49 credit hours
  • MSN Acute Care PNP – 49 credit hours

The Post-Master's program requires up to 39 credit hours, depending on track, (this may change in the future) and completion time will depend on how many, if any, credits transfer in (i.e., Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment, etc.). Prospective post-master's applicants should submit their unofficial MSN transcript to an admission coordinator or coach for evaluation.

Is the program completely online?

The MSN Administration program is 100% online. Students only have to come to the Lubbock campus for a one day orientation prior to beginning the first semester. The other tracks do require additional travel to Lubbock for OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination). The Nurse Practitioner (Family, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health) and Nurse Midwifery tracks require students to be on campus for 7-8 days during the entire program (including orientation) and the MSN Education track requires students to be on campus for 2-3 days during the program (including orientation). Dates for OSCEs are given to students a couple of months in advance to give time to make work and travel arrangements.

What certifications are required for students?

  • RN – required for all students
  • BLS - required for all students
  • ACLS - required for all APRNP students prior to beginning the population focused courses
  • PALS - required for Pediatric NP students prior to beginning the population focused courses
  • NRP (neonatal resuscitation program) - required for Nurse Midwifery students prior to beginning the population focused courses.
  • Once a student is accepted into the program, he/she must maintain provide the SAO Office with current copies of certifications (applies to students whose certification expire during enrollment).

How do clinical hours work? Do students have to find their own preceptors?

Students are responsible for obtaining their own preceptors based upon the requirements for each clinical course. A listing of preceptors used within the past two years is available for current graduate students to use as a guide. Clinical hours can be completed in a student's home area but both the preceptor AND the facility must be approved by SON staff and faculty. There is an electronic preceptor agreement process that students must complete for every preceptor they use each semester.

What is a DNP Degree?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is similar in concept to practice doctorates in other professions such as pharmacy (PharmD) and physical therapy (DPT). DNP-prepared nurses are equipped for leadership roles in advanced nursing practice, business, administration, clinical research, and academia.

What is a DNP Project?

The DNP project incorporates evidence-based strategies for implementing and achieving health care outcomes such as a significant pilot study, a program evaluation project, a quality improvement project, or a practice change initiative derived from translational science and the DNP role. The DNP project serves as a foundation for future scholarly practice and is reviewed and evaluated by an academic community.

Do I have to be certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse to apply to the DNP program?

The TTUHSC School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program has two specializations: Advanced Practice Nursing (for nurses certified in an advanced practice role) and Executive Leadership in Nursing. The Executive Leadership in Nursing specialization does NOT require an advanced practice nursing certification.

Can I apply if I have a master's degree in another field?

Yes. Nurses with masters in a field outside of nursing may apply to the Executive Leadership track however leadership experience and additional graduate level nursing courses may be required.

How do you define healthcare leadership experience?

Healthcare leadership experience is broadly defined as a formal position in some type of role well beyond an entry level nursing position such as nursing director, chief nursing officer, vice president of nursing, program director or coordinator, or community or government agency coordinator or director. We encourage applicants with a variety of experiences across the spectrum of healthcare including acute care systems, community settings, public agencies, and the healthcare insurance and product industry.

What kinds of jobs are available for DNP graduates?

Individuals with practice doctorates are the most highly educated and qualified practitioners in their fields. Instead of focusing primarily on research and teaching, those with practice doctorates use their education and expertise in leadership roles on the front lines of their professions. They are also highly qualified to teach the next generation of clinicians and leaders.

Can I be a part-time DNP student?

Yes, a part-time study degree plan is available for those DNP students who determine the part-time plan is best suited for their particular situation.

Is it possible to work full time and complete the DNP program as a full-time student?

Yes however it is important to be aware that the DNP program is very challenging and requires typically up to 30 or more hours per week of study time. It is important to have a supportive network including your supervisor during your time in the DNP program.

When can I start the DNP program?

DNP classes begin in June of every year.

Are there online classes or distance-learning opportunities?

Classes are both on-line and in "executive sessions" over 3 - 4 days on-campus at 3 times during the semester. Class dates are usually Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You can expect to travel to the Lubbock campus nine times a year.

I am looking for a program that will prepare me to become a nursing faculty member. Is this the program for me?

If you are seeking doctoral preparation because your primary goal is to become faculty in a nursing program, the TTUHSC School of Nursing DNP curriculum may not be the best fit for you but we would encourage you to discuss your particular situation and goals with a program advisor.

What are the characteristics of a successful DNP student?

  • Goal-oriented with a passion for life-long learning
  • The ability to think critically
  • Well-developed writing skills
  • Someone who is not satisfied with the status quo
  • An individual who enjoys solving complex problems and desires to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families within their community and beyond

How long is the BSN to DNP program?

Three (3) years of full-time study with three (3) semesters per year for a total of nine (9) semesters.  The program will start each fall semester.

How many hours are taken per semester?

Students take an average of nine (9) semester credit hours (SCH) per semester for a total of 74-76 SCH.

Is a part-time plan of study available?

No, at this time all students accepted into the program will follow a full-time course of study.

Is it feasible to work and successfully complete the program?

We strongly advise that the student work on a part-time basis only. In the clinical courses students will not only study course content but will be required to be in the clinical setting several days per week.

Will I have to find my own preceptors?

Yes, but faculty and the preceptor team will work closely to facilitate selecting and contracting with preceptors and facilities.

How many clinical hours are required?

You will have a minimum of 1,000 hours in the clinical setting.

How many times per semester will students be required to attend on-campus intensives?

The program qualifies as an online program which means at least 51% of the program can be completed online. Students will be required to come to campus for orientation, OSCEs, final project presentations, and selected DNP sessions.

Students will be required to come to campus twice each semester for two (2) day intensives throughout the program. Some intensives will be in Austin and Dallas while the rest will be in Lubbock.

Is professional nursing experience required to be accepted?

The PMHNP track does not require previous nursing experience. The FNP track will require a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a registered nurse.

How competitive is the program?

We are accepting a limited number of students into this program as it involves low student to faculty ratios.

Is there an option for BSN to DNP students to transfer to the MSN program?

There is not a “stop out” option offered to obtain a MSN degree after entering the DNP program. Students selected for this competitive program should be fully committed to obtaining their DNP degree.

Comparisons between BSN to MSN, MSN to DNP, and BSN to DNP programs

  BSN to MSN MSN to DNP BSN to DNP
Semester credit hours 46-49 45 74-76
Full-time options Yes (depends on track) Yes Yes
Part-time options Yes Yes No
Number of years of full-time study 2 2 3
Number of clinical hours in direct patient care management Approximately 550 No direct clinical care management required. Five hundred (500) leadership hours are required which include the DNP project. Approximately 1,000

What are the benefits/differences of being prepared at the doctoral level versus master’s level as a nurse practitioner?

The benefits of being a nurse practitioner prepared at the doctoral level are:

  1. Recognition of achievement of the highest level of education to deliver high quality, evidence-based care to patients, families, and communities.
  2. Creates a level playing field in interacting with other health care professionals with doctoral degrees such as M.D.s, DPTs, PharmDs, PsyDs, as well as how the practitioner is viewed by the patient.
  3. Allows for a focused clinical specialization in an area of interest.
  4. Prepares nurse practitioners to become leaders in improving health care within their own practice and regional, state, and national levels.
  5. Improved opportunities for advancement with translate to higher salaries.
  6. The DNP will be the required level of education for nurse practitioners entering practice in the field.

Will other tracks be offered in the BSN to DNP program at a later time?

Yes, we are planning on offering additional APRN tracks in the future.

Definitions of acronyms:

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
DNP – Doctor of Science in Nursing degree
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing degree
OSCE – Objective Structured Clinical Examination
PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
M.D. – Medical Doctor/Doctor of Medicine
DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy
PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacy
PsyD – Doctor of Psychology

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