Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Marie-Eileen Onieal, PhD, MMHS, RN, CPNP, FAANP
Graduate Program Director
Stacey Pfenning, DNP, APRN, FNP
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at RMUoHP is designed to prepare graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles. Two tracks are offered including the post-baccalaureate entry focusing on Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) competencies and a post-master’s entry. Graduates will process the skills necessary to assume a broad range of roles in both direct and indirect health care settings. Consistent with the recommendation in the 2002 Institute of Medicine report on Health Professions Education, graduates will become proficient at delivering patient-centered care, work as part of interdisciplinary teams, practice evidence-based care, focus on quality improvements and effectively utilize information technology.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Outcomes
The DNP Program is committed to the development of the nursing professional who can:
Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum
The 86-credit curriculum of the post-baccalaureate FNP program will use the limited-residency model of the University’s current DNP program and other post-professional programs. Nationally recognized standards and competencies were used to develop the curriculum which will integrate online learning with carefully selected experiences in areas close to where students reside. A required scholarly project, with a focus on applying best current evidence to transform systems, culminates the student’s application of doctoral level thinking.
The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2006), the Domains and Core Competencies (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), 2012), and the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs, 4th edition (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2012) were used to frame the requirements of the FNP track. The course sequencing and prerequisites were designed to promote development of competencies. The program is designed to prepare nurses to deliver primary health care to families in a variety of settings. Students follow patients through the life cycle utilizing obstetric, pediatric, gynecologic, as well as adult and geriatric primary care diagnostic and management skills. The clinical experiences are supported by preceding or concurrent didactic content. Successful graduates of this programwould be eligible to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), nurse practitioner, with a population focus of family.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Post-Master’s Curriculum
The 45-credit curriculum of the post-master’s DNP program follows the limited residency model of the University’s current DNP program and other post-professional programs. Nationally recognized standards and competencies were used to develop the curriculum which will integrate online learning with carefully selected experiences in areas close to where students reside. A required scholarly project, with a focus on applying best current evidence to transform systems, culminates the student’s application of doctoral level thinking.
The post-master’s DNP program helps prepare nurses to assume greater practice and leadership roles within a healthcare organization. The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice for DNP programs (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 2009) and the Practice Doctorate NP Competencies (NONPF, 2012) are the underpinnings for the requirements of the post-master’s program. The courses are designed to prepare the graduate to influence health and social policy for diverse populations in a variety of settings. A higher level of clinical skill and knowledge provided by the degree can advance clinical nursing practice and help keep pace with demands for clinical leaders and advanced practice educators.
An applicant for the post baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program must have an entry level nursing degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. At least one year of clinical experience is preferred. An applicant must hold a current unencumbered license in his/her state of residence.
An applicant for the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program must be an advanced practice nurse with a master's degree from an accredited institution or be a registered nurse with a Master of Science degree in nursing from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Registered nurses not functioning in an advanced practice role or advanced practice nurses holding a master's degree in a related field should discuss program outcomes with the graduate program director of the DNP program prior to applying so as to clarify that the program will meet their professional needs. An applicant must hold a current unencumbered license in his/her state of residence.
To apply to the DNP program:
Please visit our website (www.rmuohp.edu) for the most up-to-date information regarding program-specific start dates, on-site dates and important deadlines.
To be considered for the fall 2014 admissions cycle, all applications will need to be submitted through NursingCAS using the 2013-2014 application portal.
Student and Alumni Testimonials
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions receives wonderful feedback from our students and alumni. We're proud to list a few of these comments below:
"My experience at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions has been the best experience of my professional career. The classes were small and the professors were renown in their profession. I never felt like a number during my experience. The staff and faculty provided answers to all of my many questions and they were of tremendous help with the paperwork and graduation process. Dr. Marie-Eileen Onieal inspired me every step of the way and never let me lose sight with the ultimate goal of becoming an expert in my field. I will always recommend Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions to all my colleagues who want to advance their education!"
Winter Springs, FL
"RMUoHP is best described as an undiscovered treasure chest for students around the world. The cohorts are significantly smaller than in larger universities. This translates to dedicated, personal attention, quick responses to any communication, reminders of pending deadlines, and most of all a desire for to faculty and staff to have you graduate ASAP. The course fees and tuition are affordable at almost any budget. Flexible payment plans came in very handy. The university is fully accredited and participates in many programs which help with scholarship grants. Everyone is somehow connected and knew exactly where I was in my stage of the program. This is a young university and still growing in many ways. If you are still in "party mode," you've come to the wrong place but if you are ready to work diligently and expedite your graduate degree, welcome aboard. Consider yourself willfully adopted by the "1%" faculty and staff at RMUoHP.”
"When I retired with 20 years of military duty, it was time to fulfill my lifelong ambition to earn the highest level of academic achievement for my specialty. As a clinician and nurse anesthetist, I gravitated to the newly established DNP. Already a military leader, RMUoHP orchestrated a program of study that refined my leadership abilities and nursing knowledge. In addition, the academic mentors refined my decision-making through research utilization and evidence-based practice. Furthermore, my matriculation at RMUoHP has cultivated a new-found enthusiasm of clinical practice. It has taught me to assimilate evidence-based investigations and implement constructive practice changes to elevate the quality of care in the anesthesia community.”
Lackland Air Force Base, TX
"I have very much enjoyed Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) which focuses on health professionals through their mission and philosophy. The teachers fueled my interests and made an incredible difference to learning. RMUoHP provided a traditional school environment while I was able to maintain my professional and personal existence. The greatest strength I learned at RMUoHP is communication with others about schoolwork. It provided the foundation for the outcomes-oriented, evidence-based practice degree which I sought. In addition, the facilities are wonderful but are even more spectacular with the view on campus. Thank you for providing me with such a virtuoso education. I would highly recommend the program to my fellow colleagues.”
Wilkes Barre, PA
About Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is a graduate university that offers degree programs and continuing education in the health professions. Read the information below to learn more about the university.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accepted the application for the initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE; it is not a status of accreditation.
RMUoHP considers the best educational model for a changing healthcare environment to be an integration of scholarship, practical experience, and research. To achieve the desired outcomes, the integration of these elements begins early in the student's education and continues throughout his or her graduate program. The use of library and information resources at RMUoHP is emphasized in all programs, and relies upon several educational strategies that vary based upon the nature of the academic program. These specific strategies complement the general goals of each degree program, as listed in the program curricula. The integration of academic work, clinical experience, and research begins early in the student’s education and continues throughout his or her graduate program.
Educational strategies emphasized in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs:
With these general strategies guiding the use of information technology, the University ensures that informational resources support program expectations and student achievement across the spectrum of learning activities unique to each academic program.
The mission of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is to educate current and future healthcare professionals for outcomes-oriented, evidence-based practice.
The vision of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is to become widely recognized for excellence in healthcare education.
The University contributes to the creation of new knowledge and its application through peer-reviewed research and original scholarship.
The University provides a student-centered environment through relevant and participatory courses and a supportive University community.
The University demonstrates integrity in its interactions with all its constituents.
The University cultivates diversity through academic freedom, varied educational experiences, and broad recruitment of students and faculty.
The University fosters skills essential to leadership roles in healthcare, academia, research, and the community.
The University operates with respect for the natural environment.
The University generates and manages its resources in a manner that will ensure the long-term success and operation of the institution.
RMUoHP is committed to a culture of continuous, systematic, institution-wide assessment of performance-based outcomes for each academic degree program and administrative function. While RMUoHP's mission references evidence-based practice from an academic and clinical perspective, the University also includes this principle in day-to-day practices. This process ensures the University fulfills its mission and core values while demonstrating accountability to all constituents.