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 a hybrid learning approach that combines online coursework with a kick-off residency on campus each year. The majority of content will be provided as distance learning.
Throughout the course of study, students will be expected to partake in online 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 hybrid 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 separate 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 online learning platform. Faculty members teaching in the DNP program are trained in online teaching strategies designed to engage adult learners. This training is conducted by the Spalding University Collaboratory Team and includes syllabus development for online education, use of technology in online course development, methods to increase interaction in online learning, online design and delivery, and assessment methods in online 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