Development of the curriculum is structured by four broad areas of knowledge described in the AACN’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2006). Acquisition of knowledge within the areas of Scientific/Physiologic Foundation for Advanced Evidence Based Practice; Leadership/Information Management; Practice Inquiry; and Advanced Specialty Practice, will be demonstrated by the student’s development of essential competencies.
Graduates of the program will:
Applications to the Professional Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program are accepted on a rolling basis.
Note: Only students holding the MSN are currently eligible to apply. The College of Nursing will begin accepting applications from students holding only the BSN in Fall 2012.
The University of Akron DNP program requires a minimum of 71 semester credit hours and 1,040 clinical hours for those students entering with a baccalaureate in nursing degree from an accreditated program. Post-Master’s entry requires: a) 37 credits of DNP core courses; b) 540 clinical practice hours; c) transfer from the student’s master’s in nursing program a minimum of 34 credits of nursing and advanced practice role-specific coursework, which includes 500 clinical hours (or is taken as a part of the DNP program).
All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.
Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.
Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.
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