Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution offering 57 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. Located on the historic Eastern Shore, SU's beautiful campus is some 30 miles from the Atlantic beaches and 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Post-Master's DNP Option
For professionals with an M.S. in nursing
Applications currently being accepted.
The Post-Master's DNP curriculum is a 38 credit option for individuals in advanced practice roles, including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse administrators, and nurse educators.
Course work includes: evidence-based practice, health policy and health care systems, health care management, finance, informatics, quality improvement, health promotion and clinical prevention, genetics and genomics. A three-credit graduate elective chosen by the student with the approval of their advisor is used to supplement the core of required courses and is tailored to student interests. All students complete a DNP project and 1000 clinical hours between their Master's degree and SU's Post-Master's DNP program.
Designed for working professionals and available in a distance accessible format, candidates may complete their degree in three years, taking six credits per semester. Any students who do not already hold national certification as an Advanced Practice RN may need to take additional credits, and will meet with the Director of the Graduate Nursing program for an individualized curriculum plan.
Post-Bachelor's DNP (FNP) Option
For professionals with a B.S. in nursing who wish to complete a DNP and become family nurse practitioners
Students may begin classes in August 2014.
Salisbury University has transitioned its family nurse practitioner (FNP) program to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in accordance with the national standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The post-baccalaureate DNP program allows students with a bachelor's degree to enter directly into doctoral study while also earning the credentials of Family Nurse Practitioner.
The program is designed for students who wish to engage in full-time study. The 80-credit curriculum spans 4 years - full time during fall and spring semesters with a lighter academic load during the summer. Variations in length of study may occur based on student needs and circumstances with program director approval. Courses are taught by experienced faculty, with small classes that foster close student-faculty working relationships. DNP students culminate their education with the completion of a comprehensive doctoral project. Students take three separate courses which will guide them through project development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination.
Course work includes: quantitative and qualitative research, evidence-based practice, epidemiology, applied statistics, advanced human physiology, advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, family nursing, adult health care management, women's and children's health care management, issues in advanced nursing practice, health care systems, finance, informatics, quality improvement, health promotion and clinical prevention, genetics and genomics. All students complete a DNP project and 1000 practicum hours. Graduates will be eligible to take the certification exams offered by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurses Practitioners.