James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., recently announced its new online Doctor of Nursing Practice program is enrolling its second cohort of students for spring 2015.
The DNP at JMU prepares students to influence policy and lead healthcare innovation at the highest organizational level, while allowing students to focus on a particular specialty area in advanced practice nursing, according to the universitys website.
Good interprofessional collaboration and evidence-based practice enhancex safety and quality improvement within healthcare, said Linda J. Hulton, PhD, RN, professor of nursing and the DNP program coordinator.
According to Hulton, there is a 17-year gap between development of new research and its implementation in the medical field, and this program was developed to help bridge that gap.
For example, DNPs may notice a high incidence of diabetes within their community, she said in the universitys announcement. They would then research the latest evidenced-based practice, complete a micro/macro assessment and propose new treatment delivery methods. As an advanced practice nurse, they could develop, implement and evaluate a program to lower the risk for patients.
The doctoral program includes a capstone project tailored to the students individual interests and specialty area, and throughout the program students address significant problems in real-time and in real-practice settings, according to the website.
The program offers four-semester and six-semester courses of study, with courses offered in various online formats manageable for students who continue to work full time in their specialty area. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The programs curriculum consists of 40 to 44 credit hours including 1,000 course-related practice hours post-BSN, depending on the review of the applicants transcripts, according to JMU.
For more information about the DNP program at JMU, contact Hulton at [email protected] or 540-568-2909.