About the DNP Program

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.

Post Master’s DNP On-Line Learning Approach

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 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.

Opportunities for Post Master’s DNP Graduates

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