Nursing Practice (from MSN) (DNP)

Designed for masters prepared advanced practice registered nurses to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The program builds upon foundational nursing knowledge and focuses on leadership development in the advanced practice registered nurse role. Graduates are prepared to work at the organizational system level and lead quality improvement initiatives for diverse populations.

We define diverse as including gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, ethnic background, religion, linguistic ability, and ability.

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a post-graduate program for advanced
practice nurses interested in obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This post-masters DNP program is part-time, fully online, and takes 2 years to complete. Applicants to the MSN-DNP program must either be certified as a Nurse Practioner, nurse anesthesist, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist.

Program Requirements

Common Core

Students will investigate mental health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in providing care to individuals and families to assess and detect actual and potential mental health problems.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on the structures, processes, concepts, tools, and experiences leading to quality and safety for patient care across healthcare settings. This includes the planning, implementation, and evaluation phases of professional care from an interprofessional and organizational perspective.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on the role of advanced practice nurses in organizational structure, policy, and finance to engage in independent and productive interprofessional practice. This includes strategic planning, policy development, collaboration, and evaluation to improve outcomes for healthcare delivery systems with a focus on interprofessional leadership, economic principles, and technological innovation within a culturally diverse and inclusive lens.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills related to information systems and patient care technology that prepare the DNP graduate to manage individual and aggregate level information and assess and improve the effectiveness of nursing care.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on transformational leadership and leading in a culturally sensible environment while utilizing change strategies, measurement of outcomes, data driven decision-making, and the business realities of leading healthcare systems. Organizational and systems leadership skills are evaluated and tested.

Prerequisites: none

This course introduces concepts of teaching and precepting. This includes essential elements of effective teaching and learning practices. It also includes the examination of innovative teaching-learning pedagogies and creation of educational experiences that facilitate achievement of desired learner outcomes for academic nursing courses and clinical precepting APRN relationships.

Prerequisites: none

This doctoral-level course offers an in-depth exploration of human genetics and genomics to equip advanced practice nurses with the expertise necessary to assess genetic/genomic risk for individuals and families from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, employ diagnostic testing, and deliver educational and therapeutic interventions within the scope of their practice. Ethical, legal, social, cultural, economic, and policy implications related to genetics/genomics will be critically examined. Moreover, the course will emphasize the integration of cutting-edge research and technology within the Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN) / Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) framework.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

This clinical seminar focuses on collaboration of interprofessional teams and the roles of advanced practice nurses within this collaboration. Development of a framework for identifying, implementing, and evaluating a collaborative effort is emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

This seminar and practicum course focuses on program implementation and evaluation data collection. The DNP student works with a preceptor at the clinical site applying interprofessional team leadership and informatics skills related to evidence-based clinical program implementation and management.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on program evaluation and dissemination. The DNP student works with a preceptor to disseminate program outcomes and demonstrate the applicability of findings for the clinical setting and the profession.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

First Year

Summer - 5 Credits

Students will investigate mental health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in providing care to individuals and families to assess and detect actual and potential mental health problems.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills related to information systems and patient care technology that prepare the DNP graduate to manage individual and aggregate level information and assess and improve the effectiveness of nursing care.

Prerequisites: none

Second Year

Fall - 5 Credits

This clinical seminar focuses on collaboration of interprofessional teams and the roles of advanced practice nurses within this collaboration. Development of a framework for identifying, implementing, and evaluating a collaborative effort is emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 6 Credits

This course focuses on transformational leadership and leading in a culturally sensible environment while utilizing change strategies, measurement of outcomes, data driven decision-making, and the business realities of leading healthcare systems. Organizational and systems leadership skills are evaluated and tested.

Prerequisites: none

This seminar and practicum course focuses on program implementation and evaluation data collection. The DNP student works with a preceptor at the clinical site applying interprofessional team leadership and informatics skills related to evidence-based clinical program implementation and management.

Prerequisites: none

Summer - 6 Credits

This course focuses on the structures, processes, concepts, tools, and experiences leading to quality and safety for patient care across healthcare settings. This includes the planning, implementation, and evaluation phases of professional care from an interprofessional and organizational perspective.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on the role of advanced practice nurses in organizational structure, policy, and finance to engage in independent and productive interprofessional practice. This includes strategic planning, policy development, collaboration, and evaluation to improve outcomes for healthcare delivery systems with a focus on interprofessional leadership, economic principles, and technological innovation within a culturally diverse and inclusive lens.

Prerequisites: none

Third Year

Fall - 2 Credits

This course focuses on program evaluation and dissemination. The DNP student works with a preceptor to disseminate program outcomes and demonstrate the applicability of findings for the clinical setting and the profession.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 3 Credits

This course introduces concepts of teaching and precepting. This includes essential elements of effective teaching and learning practices. It also includes the examination of innovative teaching-learning pedagogies and creation of educational experiences that facilitate achievement of desired learner outcomes for academic nursing courses and clinical precepting APRN relationships.

Prerequisites: none