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BSN to DNP Program

BSN to DNP Program

(Curriculum for students admitted through Summer 2021)



Emily Merrill, PhD, APRN, FNP, BC, CNE, FAANP
Professor, Associate Dean/Department Chair, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Program

Inola Mello, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Associate Professor and Program Director, BSN to DNP Program


Purpose

The purpose of the BSN to DNP Program is to provide a rigorous education to prepare clinical scholars who translate science to improve population health through expert leadership that powers innovation in health care for West Texas, the state, and the nation.


Program Outcomes

Upon program completion, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences to foster a culture of heaths and transform clinical practice and health care delivery systems.
  • Develop and operationalize effective, culturally relevant, and evidence-based clinical practice approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations.
  • Design and implement evidence-based strategies to analyze and improve outcomes of care at the practice, system, or population levels.
  • Apply, use, and evaluate health care information systems, information literacy and patient care technology to advance quality, patient safety, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Facilitate interprofessional team building and collaborative leadership skills to create positive change and improve outcomes in complex health care systems.
  • Exercise leadership skills to analyze, develop, influence, and implement health policies that advocate social justice, equity, and ethics within all health care arenas.
  • Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other appropriate scientific data to develop culturally relevant and scientifically based health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.
  • Employ advanced leadership skills, systems thinking, and accountability to design, deliver and evaluate evidence-based management practices to improve patient, population and health system outcomes (Executive Leadership track).
  • Employ advanced practice levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based care to improve patient and population outcomes (Advanced Practice Nursing Track).

BSN to DNP Program Overview

The DNP Program offers the following tracks for completing the DNP degree:

  • BSN to DNP for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • BSN to DNP for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)


BSN to DNP Track for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMHNP) Overview

Nurses with the BSN degree can apply to the BSN to DNP program and move directly from the BSN degree to the DNP degree for the FNP and PMHNP tracks (see Admission Requirements for additional criteria for admission). The BSN to DNP program is a combination of online and face-to-face courses and supervised clinical experiences and will meet all educational standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s (NONPF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016), which are the standards for both FNP and PMHNP programs. Graduates will meet all qualifications to sit for national certification to become a Family Nurse Practitioner or a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner upon completion of the DNP degree.


BSN to DNP Application and Admission Information


BSN to DNP Application Dates

Fall
November 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021
Spring
No Admission
Summer
No Admission


Consideration for admission is given to applicants meeting all admission criteria who have submitted ALL admission requirements by the application deadline through the online TTUHSC application portal.


BSN to DNP Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following application requirements for full admission:

  • Completed and submitted online application as directed on the School of Nursing website
  • Valid unencumbered RN License
  • Baccalaureate nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accreditation from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
    • Applicants with a transcript(s) from a foreign university (ies) are to submit a Commission for Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation of their transcript(s). Additionally applicants from a country where the primary language is not English, must provide evidence of achieving a total score of 84 or higher with a speaking score of 26 or higher and a writing score of 27 or higher on the TOEFL iBT.
  • Completion of undergraduate courses in research and statistics with a grade of C or better taken within five years of application to the program
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree. (The undergraduate science courses GPA may be considered as a factor for admission.)
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Professional letters of reference (3). One from a manager in your current nursing role, a peer in your area of practice and a former faculty member that can attest to your ability to successfully complete doctoral studies.
  • Oath of Residency
  • Official transcripts from all institutions formerly attended. NOTE: All transcripts must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accreditation from American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • Current Curriculum Vita (CV) or Resume (in the template provided in the application process)
  • Interview with DNP faculty (Interviews are conducted on an invitation only basis after a review of submitted application materials).
  • Personal Statement/Essay (maximum of 300 words)
  •  Critical analysis response to track specific question(s) 
  • Computer literacy defined as an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of a computer and how to use them wisely within clinical workflow and for scholarly work. Applicants must complete the TTUHSC SON Computer Literacy Test located at http://nursing.ttuhsc.edu/skills prior to applying.


Non-Academic Considerations (BSN to DNP)

include but are not limited to:

  • Evidence of leadership in nursing (Professional organizations, committees, etc.)
  • Professional nursing experience highly preferred for the DNP applicant in the FNP track
  • Potential for leadership in an advanced practice role
  • Professional and community service activities
  • Curriculum vitae/resume which includes educational background, honors, nursing experience, professional membership(s), and community service
  • Permanent resident of Texas or TTUHSC service area/county
  • Fluent in a language frequently used by patients in the applicant’s service area in addition to English
  • Military service
  • First generation college student

All applicants will be reviewed in an individual and holistic manner. No single factor will determine a student’s admission. All applicants receiving offers of admission will be required to consent to a criminal background check. A history of criminal conduct or convictions may result in withdrawal of the admission offer. See ‘Criminal Background Checks’ section of the School of Nursing Student Handbook for the school policy. Criminal Background Checks must be received prior to matriculation to the TTUHSC DNP Program. The TTUHSC Criminal Background policy may be found at TTUHSC OP 10.20.

Only complete applications are reviewed for admission consideration, which means “ALL” admission requirements must be received by the application deadline.

The DNP Program Associate Dean/Department Chair, directors, and faculty carefully evaluate all qualified applicants with regard to the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the program.


Additional Requirements for Prospective Students


Computer Requirements

See Computer Requirements under the Student Information section of this catalog.


Criminal Background Checks

A Criminal Background Check (CBC) must be completed prior to enrollment at TTUHSC School of Nursing in compliance with TTUHSC OP 10.20 and SON OP 60.081. Each student is responsible for the cost of his/her CBC and any additional fees. See Criminal Background Check Requirements under the Eligibility Requirements section of this catalog for additional information.


Immunizations

See Immunization Requirements under the Eligibility Requirements section of this catalog.


Drug Screening

Drug screenings may be necessary if required by the clinical institution site. The cost of all drug screenings are the responsibility of the student. See Drug Screening Requirements under the Eligibility Requirements section of this catalog.


Special Student Enrollment

Non-Degree

Special Student enrollment is not an avenue for seeking a degree. Under certain circumstances, it may be appropriate for an individual to seek admission as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree Special Student admission is for the purpose of taking a limited number of courses. The applicant must seek approval from the applicable DNP Associate Dean/Department Chair prior to submitting a special student (nondegree) application. The student must also be eligible for admission under the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at a college or university and is in good academic standing;
  • Registered nurse not enrolled in an educational institution;
  • Waiver to the above requirement from the applicable DNP Associate Dean/Department Chair or Program Director.

In addition to meeting the above criteria, consideration is given on a space available basis.

  • A complete Special Student (non-degree) application includes the following:
  • Submitted special-student application
  • Submitted signature page and application fee
  • Submitted official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Submitted Oath of Residency
  • Submitted current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Special students can take a maximum of six (6) credit hours or nine (9) if approved by the applicable Associate Dean/Department Chair or Program Director. A special student wishing to apply for full admission to the DNP Program must submit the full application according to the stated deadlines and will be considered for admission with the entire pool of applicants for the time period the application is submitted.


Enrollment without Credit/Course Audit

Students wanting to audit a DNP course for no grade must obtain approval from the BSN to DNP Associate Dean/Department Chair or Program Director. Students auditing a course will not be listed on the official class roll, and no notation of the audit will be made on the student’s transcript. Students enrolled for 12 or more semester credit hours may audit a course without paying an additional fee. All other students must pay a $10 fee for auditing a course.


Conditional Admission

If the requirements for full admission are not met, conditional admission may be available. The student is required to comply with “conditions” stated in letter of admission offer prior to the first day of class for the semester of admission.


Readmission

All requests for readmission must be made prior to the application deadline date for the semester in which readmission is requested. The BSN to DNP Program Director and applicable BSN to DNP Program Council are responsible for overseeing all readmissions to the School of Nursing DNP Program. Readmission of a student dismissed or withdrawn for academic or disciplinary causes is also based upon the decision of the BSN to DNP Program Director and applicable BSN to DNP Program Council.

A student seeking readmission must comply with the following:

  • Submit a letter requesting readmission to the BSN to DNP Program
  • Meet all recommendations and requirements set forth by the BSN to DNP Program Director and applicable BSN to DNP Program Council
  • Complete online application and meet admission criteria for full admission


Transfer Student

Students requesting admission to the TTUHSC School of Nursing BSN to DNP Program as a transfer student from another university must meet the following criteria:

  • Transfer student must be eligible to return to the institution from which the student is transferring.
  • Submit a full application by the application deadline date for the semester in which transfer is requested.
  • Student previously enrolled in the graduate program at TTUHSC School of Nursing who attended another institution and is seeking to return must apply for readmission; any courses considered for transfer credit will be required to meet the standards for transfer credit
  • Complete the majority, or over 50%, of the required credits to complete the degree at TTUHSC School of Nursing


Recognition of Previous Nursing Learning

Transfer Credit

The decision to award transfer of academic credit is made by the applicable DNP Assoicate Dean/ Department Chair or DNP Program Director after a thorough review of the applicant’s transcript for evidence of satisfactory course work completion and review of the course catalog descriptions and/or course syllabi as necessary to determine course equivalency. The decision to award transfer credit is based on TTUHSC OP 77.17. Generally, credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university are accepted for transfer provided course content is equivalent and a grade of “B” or higher has been earned in the course.

The majority, or over 50%, of the required credits toward a TTUHSC School of Nursing graduate degree must be earned at TTUHSC. Students requesting courses to be considered for transfer credit will:

  • Submit official transcripts for courses considered for transfer credit
  • Submit course descriptions and course content for each course

A student previously enrolled in the graduate program at TTUHSC School of Nursing who attended another institution and is seeking to return and transfer in course credit must apply for readmission. Courses accepted for transfer will be required to meet the standards for transfer credit.


Offer of Admission

Offers of admission will be made approximately six - eight weeks following the application deadline. In order to assure a place in the desired program, applicants must comply with the following:

  • Return Acceptance Form on or before date specified in the offer of admissions letter
  • Submit $175 non-refundable placement/ orientation fee
  • Submit evidence of compliance with required immunizations
  • Complete Criminal Background Check online
  • Completion of required trainings as specified during virtual orientation
  • Failure to respond to admissions offer by the date specified in offer letter may result in withdrawal of the offer of admission.


Degree Requirements for Students Admitted to the BSN to DNP Program

Graduation Under a Particular Catalog

A student is expected to complete the degree requirements set forth in the School of Nursing Catalog in effect at the time the student enters the chosen area of study. Only with the specific approval of the applicable BSN to DNP Associate Dean/Department Chair may a different Catalog be selected. Students, in all cases are prohibited from completing the requirements set forth in a catalog more than seven years old. The Catalog is published at least biennially and its provisions are applicable during the stated Academic year (September 1st through August 31st).


TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Core Curriculum

All TTUHSC students, regardless of school affiliation, are required to complete the TTUHSC IPE core curriculum prior to graduation. The IPE core curriculum is composed of two components including successful completion of a non-credit online course (>70% accuracy on the knowledge post-test) and successful participation in at least one registered IPE learning activity. Failure to complete the IPE core curriculum will result in delayed graduation. Students should consult their academic/program advisor and/or school catalog for additional information.

All TTUHSC students, regardless of school affiliation, will be required to complete the IPE non-credit, online course in interprofessional education. DNP students are required to complete the online course in the first semester of enrollment.


Maintaining Minimum Academic Requirements

The minimum GPA for continuance in the graduate program is 3.0 overall. Additionally, a minimum grade of “B” is required in each course (nursing required for degree completion. The TTUHSC SON Student Handbook (http://www. ttuhsc.edu/son/handbook.aspx) provides further details regarding academic and graduation expectations.


Progression in the BSN to DNP Program

  • Grades are reviewed each semester and progression in the BSN to DNP Program is determined by the applicable BSN to DNP Associate Dean/Department Chair and Graduate Progressions Committee.
  • DNP students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA with grades at “B” or above in all doctoral courses. Students with a cumulative or semester GPA below 3.0 are placed on academic probation.
  • Students receiving “C” or lower in a doctoral course are eligible to repeat the course one time only pursuant to recommendation of course faculty.
  • Students earning an overall cumulative GPA or a semester GPA less than a 3.0 in the semester of graduation/completion are ineligible for graduation/completion.


Academic Dismissal from the School of Nursing BSN to DNP Program will result from the following circumstances:

  • Students earning a “C” or lower in two or more BSN to DNP courses in one semester
  • Students earning a “C” or lower in the same BSN to DNP course twice
  • Students earning a “C” or lower in a second BSN to DNP course even though one BSN to DNP course has been retaken and a satisfactory grade of “B” or better has been obtained

Failing to meet expected standards in any program may result in academic dismissal at any time. Academically dismissed students are eligible to be readmitted according to the stipulations noted in the “Readmission” section above.


Residence Credit

The minimum residence for the BSN to DNP degree is the majority, or over 50%, of graduate course work carrying residence credit be completed at TTUHSC. Residence credit as used here means credit for work done while enrolled in and attending classes at TTUHSC and should not be confused with “residence” in the State of Texas.


Majority of Credits

The majority or over 50% of credits toward any graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree awarded by the TTUHSC must be earned:

  • At TTUHSC
  • In the case of those programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements through instruction offered by the participating institutions.


Semester Credit Hours and Course Loads

The semester credit hour is the unit of measure for credit purposes. For the BSN to DNP Program, didactic (lecture) hours are measured on a one-to-one basis; clinical hours are measured on a one-to-five basis for the BSN to DNP program. The number of semester credit hours a student may carry (course load) is regulated by the BSN to DNP Program Director. In determining this load, the BSN to DNP Program Director takes into account the quality of prior scholastic work performed and the types of courses involved. A student enrolled in nine (9) or more credit hours in the Fall or Spring semester and six (6) or credit hours in the Summer semester is considered full-time.


Degree Plan

  • Upon initial enrollment into the BSN to DNP Program, each student is provided with a degree plan, individualized according to the student’s program of study and part-time or full-time enrollment status. The student’s individual needs and circumstances (i.e., part-time or full-time enrollment, preference for electives, transfer courses, etc…) are considered when developing the degree plan.
  • The applicable BSN to DNP Associate Dean/ Department Chair or Program Director for the track in which the student is enrolled is responsible for approving the degree plan.
  • BSN to DNP students are responsible for notifying the BSN to DNP Program Director anytime the student deviates from the degree plan (i.e., withdraw from a course; fail to register for a course, etc).
  • During orientation to the BSN to DNP Program, students are advised about the requirements for the specific track or major and the student’s responsibility to (a) be knowledgeable about the degree requirements; (b) notify the Graduate Program office if the student deviates from the degree plan; and (c) meet degree requirements for graduation.
  • The degree plan serves as the student’s guide for course registration each semester.


BSN to DNP Degree Plans

(Curriculum for students admitted through Summer 2021)


BSN to DNP Degree Plan - Family Nurse Practitioner Track

(Total Credit Hours Required for Completion - 74)


BSN to DNP Degree Plan - FNP Track

SEMESTER I (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6305
Scientific Foundations for the Practice Scholar
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 5345
Advanced Practice Nursing: Application of Pathophysiology
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6325
Informatics and Technology to Improve Health Care, CL
(3:3:1.5 O)


SEMESTER II (6 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6310
Practical Application of Statistics in Health Care
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 5343
Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurses in Advanced Practice
(3:3:0 O)


SEMESTER III (8 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6330
Evidence Based Inquiry
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6243
Advanced Pharmacologic Management for Primary Care
(2:2:0 O)
NURS 5312
Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing Role
(3:3:0 O)


SEMESTER IV (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 5309
Foundations of the Well Child
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6318
Mental Health in Primary Care
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6345
Population Health and Epidemiology
(3:3:0 O)


SEMESTER V (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 5342
Advanced Health Assessment (Requires on-campus skills lab)
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 5320
Diagnostic Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice (Requires on-campus intensive)
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6320
Systems Leadership for Effectiveness, Quality and Safety, CL
(3:3:1.5 O)


SEMESTER VI (8 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6439
Primary Healthcare I (BSN-DNP), CL
(4:2:2 O)
NURS 6350
Financial Intelligence for the DNP Leader
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6110
DNP I: Project Identification, CL
(1:.5:.5 O)


SEMESTER VII (6 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6541
Primary Healthcare II (BSN-DNP), CL
(5:2:3 O)
NURS 6111
DNP II: Project Planning and Development, CL
(1:.5:.5 O)


SEMESTER VIII (10 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 7660
Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum BSN-DNP, CL
(6:1:5 O)
NURS 7110
DNP III: Project Implementation, CL
(1:.5:.5 O)
NURS 6340
Advancing Policy and Politics in Health Care, CL
(3:3:1.5 O)



SEMESTER IX (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 7310
Health Innovations in Chronic Illness, CL
(3:1:2 O)
NURS 7299
The DNP Role in Complex Care
(2:2:0 O)
NURS 7111
DNP IV: Project Evaluation and Dissemination, CL
(1:.5:.5 O)
NURS 7353
The FNP Role in Caring for Special Populations in Primary Care, CL(3:2:1 O)


KEY:

  • Courses are listed in numerical order
  • (F) Face-to-face
  • (O) Online
  • (H) Hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online)
  • (CL) Concurrent enrollment in a Clinical Section is required
  • (#:#:#) First # represents the number of credit hours, Second # represents the number of lecture hours per week, Third # represents the number of clinical hours per week
  • * Elective Courses are offered at select times as faculty and interest are present
  • (V) Variable Credit



BSN to DNP Degree Plan - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track

(Total Credit Hours Required for Completion - 73)


BSN to DNP Degree Plan - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track

SEMESTER I (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6305
Scientific Foundations for the Practice Scholar
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 5345
Advanced Practice Nursing: Application of Pathophysiology
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6325
Informatics and Technology to Improve Health Care, CL
(3:3:1.5 O)


SEMESTER II (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 5343
Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurses in Advanced Practice
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6310
Practical Application of Statistics in Healthcare
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 5312
Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing Role
(3:3:0 O)


SEMESTER III (8 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6330
Evidence-Based Inquiry I
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 5202
Psychotherapeutic Modalities with Individuals, Families and Groups across the Lifespan
(2:2:0 O)
NURS 5342
Advanced Health Assessment
(3:3:0 O)


SEMESTER IV (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 5203
Neuroscience and Epigenetics: A Lifespan Approach
(2:2:0 O)
NURS 5204
Psychopharmacology
(2:2:0 O)
NURS 6207
Diagnostics and Management I: Advanced Mental Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
(2:2:0 O)
NURS 6345
Population Health and Epidemiology
(3:3:0 O)


SEMESTER V (9 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6604
Evidence-Based Management: Children & Adolescents with Mental Health Disorders, CL
(6:3:3 O)
NURS 6320
Systems Leadership for Effectiveness, Quality and Safety, CL
(3:3:1.5 O)


SEMESTER VI (10 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 6603
Diagnostics & Management II: Evidence-Based Management of Adults with Mental Health Disorders, CL
(6:3:3 O)
NURS 6350
Financial Intelligence for the DNP Leader
(3:3:0 O)
NURS 6110
DNP I: Project Identification, CL
(1:.5:.5 O)


SEMESTER VII (8 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 7500
Interprofessional Collaboration in Management of the Complex Psychiatric Patient Across the Lifespan, CL
(5:2:3 O)
NURS 6111
DNP II: Project Planning and Development, CL
(1:.5:.5 O)
NURS 5201
Telehealth and Rural Service Delivery
(2:2:0 O)


SEMESTER VIII (6 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 7220
Specialty Practice I for Psychiatric Mental Health, CL
(2:0:2 O)
NURS 7110
DNP III: Project Implementation, CL
(1:.5:.5 O)
NURS 6340
Advancing Policy and Politics in Health Care, CL
(3:3:1.5 O)



SEMESTER IX (5 credit hours)
Number
Course Name
Credits
NURS 7221
Specialty Practice II in Psychiatric Mental Health, CL
(2:0:2 O)
NURS 7299
The DNP Role in Complex Care
(2:2:0 O)
NURS 7111DNP IV: Project Evaluation and Dissemination, CL(1:.5:.5 O)


KEY:

  • Courses are listed in numerical order
  • (F) Face-to-face
  • (O) Online
  • (H) Hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online)
  • (CL) Concurrent enrollment in a Clinical Section is required
  • (#:#:#) First # represents the number of credit hours, Second # represents the number of lecture hours per week, Third # represents the number of clinical hours per week
  • * Elective Courses are offered at select times as faculty and interest are present
  • (V) Variable Credit