The DNP Program is offered through a cohort model in which all students who are admitted in one academic term will proceed together through their coursework with an on-line learning approach with minimum on campus face-to-face interaction. The majority of content will be provided as distance learning.
Throughout the course of study, students will be expected to partake in on-line asynchronous discussion boards and learning activities, but at times may be required to participate in synchronous learning activities.
The Post Master’s DNP program is delivered in an attractive on-line format which is convenient for the working master’s prepared nursing professional. The curriculum includes 5-7 hours of coursework per semester and can be completed in 6 semesters.
Direct face-to-face faculty/student interaction is limited to 3 spearate intensive on-campus activities including an initial orientation, a mid-program project proposal activity and a final project defense.
Courses are offered via Moodle - the Spalding University on-line learning platform. Faculty members teaching in the DNP program are trained in on-line teaching strategies designed to engage adult learners. This training is conducted by the Spalding University Collaboratory Team and includes syllabus development for on-line education, use of technology in on-line course development, methods to increase interaction in on-line learning, on-line design and delivery, and assessment methods in on-line education.
Graduates of the Spalding University Post Master’s DNP program will be prepared to:
- Assume roles in a variety of leadership and management positions in today’s ever changing health care delivery system
- Function at the highest level of advanced nursing practice
- Assume an advanced practice nursing role within a sub-specialty area of clinical practice
- Successfully navigate and initiate healthcare policy and serve as an advocate for future healthcare initiatives
- Develop and integrate evidence-based quality improvement initiatives within the healthcare delivery system
- Work in collaboration with other members of the healthcare delivery team in developing best practice interventions
- Assume faculty roles in the preparation of future advanced practice nurses