School of Nursing
ISU Campus

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program will prepare clinical leaders for comprehensive clinical nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, grounded in evidence-based application, within a changing health care system.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is delivered online. Degree options include Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS).

The curriculum pattern for the DNP degree program, full time FNP and ACNS options can be found here.

The curriculum pattern for the DNP degree program, full time PMHNP can be found here.

The curriculum pattern for the DNP degree program, part time FNP, ACNS, and PMHNP options can be found here.

The curriculum pattern for the Post Masters Advanced Practice MS to DNP degree program, FNP, PMHNP, and ACNS can be found here.
*In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, the applicant must hold national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), or Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS). All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply.

Online Application

The applicant is required to apply to the Graduate School and to the School of Nursing.

Goal and Program Outcomes

Goal
The primary goal of the DNP degree program is to prepare experts in advanced nursing practice in specialized areas with an emphasis on innovation and evidence based application to improve health care outcomes.

Program Outcomes
1. Assume interprofessional leadership to advance clinical practice and health care delivery to rural and diverse populations.
2. Integrate nursing science into evidence based care for individuals, families, and communities to improve outcomes.
3. Incorporate practice initiatives to improve systems of health care delivery.
4. Advocate policy for health care.

Finances

Professional Fee for Nursing DNP

In addition to ISU tuition and fees, a professional fee is assessed for all undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing.Professional fees for the DNP program are $1828.00 per semester including any summer session regardless of number of credits in which the student is enrolled. Professional fees for the nursing programs are used to support faculty salaries, instruction support services, durable & disposable equipment and supplies, faculty and staff program travel, capital equipment and a reserve for maintenance and purchase of major capital items.

Costs for tuition and general fees at
ISU are listed on the Cost of Attendance Page

Scholarships

The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $42,000 in scholarships.
See Idaho State University scholarship information

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the student must comply with the following:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework) from a Bachelor of Science degree program (BS in Nursing or BSN).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include: 1) Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or 2) Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or 3) Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission includes scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application to the SON by established deadline.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  6. Post Master's applicants must provide proof of certification in the option (FNP, PMHNP, ACNS) for which application is submitted.
  7. Completion of a preadmission interview by the SON DNP Admissions committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 100 miles, an interview by video conference may be arranged.

Two years of documented previous healthcare or nursing experience before admission is preferred, but not required.

Admission to the FNP, ACNS, or PMHNP DNP degree option is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the SON.

The SON DNP Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the student must comply with the following:

  1. Application to the Graduate School AND to the School of Nursing with payment of appropriate fees (separate application process).
  2. Submission of official transcripts of all degrees including the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or BS in Nursing) from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar's office of the applicant's previous institution(s) of study.
  3. Evidence of completing prerequisite descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher prior to admission to the program.
  4. Submission of professional essay.
  5. Three professional references attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for clinical doctoral study.
  6. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

*Students may be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the DNP program which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Selection Process

The application for fall 2014 admission to the DNP degree options of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse specialist (ACNS) is now closed. The application for admission to the DNP degree program options will open in November of 2014 for admission fall of 2015.

Applications will be accepted for admission in fall of 2015 for full time, part time, and Post Masters status. Admission to FNP, PMHNP, or ACNS option is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the School of Nursing. The Post Master's applicant must hold a Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited program and hold national certification as a Family Nurse Practitoner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), or Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS). All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply.

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Karen S. Neill, Ph.D., R.N., SANE-A

Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
neilkare@isu.edu
208.282.2102 (Office)