The Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is excited to announce the addition of the BSN to DNP Program to its academic offerings starting Summer 2020. Students interested in pursuing an MSN in the roles of family nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology clinical nurse specialist or nursing administration are encouraged to explore this new option which combines the graduate and doctoral coursework into one seamless terminal degree.
The creation of an integrated BSN to DNP curriculum is in line with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties' (NONPF), the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and American Organizations of Nurse Executives (AONE) commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree by 2025. The program is not an addition to master's studies, but rather an integration of the objectives and learning opportunities required for attainment of doctoral level core and population-focused competencies. Three pathways will be offered in the BSN to DNP Program, including: Family Nurse practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Executive Leadership.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate that prepares clinical scholars recognized for outstanding leadership and innovative evidence-based patient/population centered outcomes. The program focuses on interprofessional collaboration and developing competencies in practice, leadership, and quality improvement an safety that lead to enhanced outcomes important to patients, families, providers, and organizations.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at the Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)