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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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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.

Students are required to come to both ISU Pocatello and Meridian campuses 2-4 days each semester for clinical intensives for the FNP track.  PMHNP students are required to come to the Pocatello campus for new student orientation and Health Assessment intensives at the Meridian campus

Degree options include Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

If you have questions after looking through the School of Nursing website, please see the Graduate Frequently Asked Questions for more information

Curricula

Both the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs are BSN-DNP degree programs. Graduation from an accredited Master's in Nursing program will also be considered for admission.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner Full Time Curriculum

Family Nurse Practitioner Part Time Curriculum

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Full Time Curriculum

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Part Time Curriculum

Post Master's DNP Degree for Certified FNPs and PMHNPs

Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Curriculum

*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) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, FNP option, the applicant must hold national certification as an FNP. In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, PMHNP option, the applicant must hold national certification as a PMHNP. Other Advanced Practice Certifications will not be considered for the Post Master's DNP degree program.

All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply.

Goals and 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.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Student Handbook

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Finances

Cost of Attendance

Cost for tuition, general and professional fees and estimated cost are listed on the

Post Master's DNP Program Estimated Costs - Per Semester page. 

Scholarships

Idaho State University Scholarships

The School of Nursing annually awards over $100,000 in scholarships, and the School of Nursing scholarship application is available annually in April in the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS).
Please see the Scholarship Office website for more information about scholarship opportunities available through ISU.

Travel Nursing

Nursing Education Scholarship awarded by Travel Nursing career organization.
Amount: $1,000.
Requirements: Accepted to or currently attending a full-time nursing or medical program at an accredited institution.
Travel Nursing Scholarship.

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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 following are required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education.
  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: The SON DNP Program adheres to the ISU Graduate School policy for those students who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States (at the undergraduate and/or graduate level) and whose native language is not English.
  4. Completed application, preferably before December 1st. Applications for Fall Admission are reviewed in the order they are received and accepted on a rolling basis until class filled.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  6. Completion of a preadmission interview by the School of Nursing DNP Admissions Committee. If the applicant resides at a distance of 100 miles, an interview by video conference may be arranged.
  7. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the DNP program to be held on the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission.

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

Admission to the FNP or PMHNP DNP degree option is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the SON. If located outside of Idaho and Utah, some restrictions may apply based on applicant's state of residence. Please contact Jack Hadlich (hadljack@isu.edu) before submitting application so state board of nursing requirements can be researched.

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

Online Application

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Applications for Fall 2023 Admission open in October 2022 and applicants are encouraged to apply well before December 1st.

Application Status for Fall 2022 Admission
BSN to DNP-FNP Open
BSN to DNP-PMHNP Open
Post Masters DNP* (See "Program Information" for qualifications) Open

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 following are required:

  1. Submission of official transcripts from each institution at which they have taken any post-secondary work directly to the Graduate School. Evidence of a completed BS in Nursing or BSN from an accredited nursing program must be listed in official transcripts.
  2. Three professional references attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for doctoral study.
  3. Submission of professional vitae or resume.
  4. Submission of a 3-4 page professional essay. Please respond to the following in your own words:
    1. Explain why you chose to pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree instead of the Master’s Degree for your NP education?
    2. Describe the patient population about which you are most passionate.
    3. Explain problems or areas of improvement related to the patient population described above.
    4. Clarify how you might go about addressing/solving one of the problems or areas of improvement in your role as an NP.
    5. Formatting Guidelines (use APA Format as a guide):
      1. Double-space.
      2. One-inch margins.
      3. Times New Roman font with 12 point size.

Post Master's Applicants ONLY:

  1. Post Master's applicants must provide proof of certification in the option (FNP of PMHNP) for which application is submitted.
  2. The Post Master's applicant must submit at the time of application an official letter (with the university seal) which documents the total number of clinical hours completed in previous Master's degree advanced practice program in Nursing from which the student graduated. An official transcript which documents the total number of clinical hours completed in previous advanced practice program will be accepted. The applicant will be required as a process of admission to contract with the School of Nursing to complete additional clinical hours as determined to meet national requirements for the DNP degree.

 

If located outside of Idaho and Utah, some restrictions may apply based on applicant's state of residence. Please contact Jack Hadlich (hadljack@isu.edu) before submitting application so state board of nursing requirements can be researched.

Selection Process for the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Program

Applications for the DNP program will open in October of any academic year and be accepted on a rolling basis until a class is filled. Preference will be given to Full Time applications and applications will be received on a rolling basis, preferably before December 1. Applications will be reviewed in the order they were received starting in January and reviewed until a cohort is full. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced in April of any year.

More Information

Questions on preparing for and submitting the online application should be addressed to:

Jack Hadlich, BA, MS

Admission and Recruitment Coordinator

Office: Pocatello

208-282-4346

hadljack@isu.edu

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to

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Kristy Crownhart, DNP,APRN, FNP-C

DNP Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Meridian

208-373-1852

crowkri2@isu.edu

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