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‘There is a 17-year gap between development of new research and its implementation in the medical field. This program was developed to help bridge that gap.’

— Dr. Linda Hulton, D.N.P. program coordinator

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  • Oct 2: General Education Student Conference
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Description of Program

The James Madison University Department of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.). For information on the M.S.N, see the M.S.N. program overview website.

The D.N.P. at JMU is a practice-focused degree with an emphasis on the rigor of evidence-based practice grounded in research knowledge and the analysis of clinical and systems data. Students may choose from two areas of foci: advanced practice nursing and leadership in healthcare systems.

The curriculum is designed to meet the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (AACN, 2006). The program will prepare students to influence policy and lead healthcare innovation at the highest level and allow the student to focus on a specialty area in advanced practice nursing. The program's curriculum will consist of 40 to 44 credit hours including 1,000 course-related practice hours post-B.S.N., depending on the review of the applicant's transcripts.

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

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