M.S. to D.N.P.
The Master of Science degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree option prepares the advanced practice registered nurse, the nursing administrator, or the nurse educator for a leadership role in the health-care system. Theoretical content focuses on the development of leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Systems thinking, evidence-based practice, and translational research are emphasized.
Advanced standing may be given for courses usually required for a master's degree in advanced practice, administration, or education. Please see program requirements for more details. A minimum of 33 percent of the required units (courses generally unique to the D.N.P. degree competencies) must be taken at Loma Linda University. All students are required to complete the D.N.P. degree project.
|NGRD 650||Advanced Role Development and Collaboration 1||4|
|NGRD 651||Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice 1||4|
|NGRD 652||Health-Care Systems Leadership 1||4|
|NGRD 653||Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy 1||4|
|NGRD 654||Social Determinants of Health||4|
|NGRD 655||Health Systems Finance||4|
|NGRD 656||Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning||4|
|NGRD 657||Intermediate Statistics 1||4|
|NGRD 658||Translational Research for Advanced Practice 1||4|
|NGRD 659||Writing for Publication||4|
|RELE 564||Ethics and Health Disparities 2||3|
|RELR 525||Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership||3|
|RELT 557||Theology of Human Suffering||3|
|NGRD 667||DNP Proposal Development||3|
|NGRD 669A||DNP Practice Inquiry Project||4|
|NGRD 669B||DNP Practice Inquiry Project||4|
|NGRD 669C||DNP Practice Inquiry Project||2|
|NGRD 669D||DNP Practice Inquiry Project||2|
|NGRD 669E||DNP Practice Inquiry Project||2|
|NGRD 669F||DNP Practice Inquiry Project||2|
Advanced standing may be given for content covered in a prior M.S. degree. Prior learning is evaluated and an individualized program of study is developed based on this evaluation and length of time since these courses were taken. Prior course work that partially meets the course outcomes will be augmented by registering for 1 to 6 units of NGRD 660 Integrative Leadership Case Study.
Advanced standing will be given if this specific course was taken as part of the M.S. degree program.
Prior to graduation, students are required to submit an online professional portfolio. Documentation of 510 doctoral leadership practice hours will be included in the portfolio.
Normal time to complete the program
3 years (11 academic quarters) based on less than full-time enrollment