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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program?
I have many choices for a DNP program, why would I choose Cedarville’s DNP program?
What will my credentials and certifications be?
Upon degree conferral, credentials for completion of the DNP program is DNP. Students completing a track such as the family nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse practitioner will need to successfully complete a certification exam before certification as an FNP-C or PNP-PC.
Can I work full time and be a full-time student?
The majority of grad students maintain full-time employment.
BSN to DNP - NP track (FNP/PNP)
Once you begin the clinical courses, anticipate two days a week to meet the 200-hour clinical requirement for each of the 3 clinical semesters. If you have flexibility with self-scheduling, 12-hour shifts, working weekends this will be more conducive to maintaining full-time employment. We recognize that you are balancing many life demands and your decision to apply to graduate school implies you have determined that you will be able to balance work, school, and life demands.
What are the clinical requirements for the specialty?
How do you match me with clinical/practicum preceptors?
Is travel required as part of my clinical placements?
Travel is often necessary during the clinical courses. While the CPC will work with you to secure clinical site placement as close to your geographical location as possible, it may be necessary to travel to obtain required clinical hours.
How many times do I need to be on campus?
DNP Practice Hours
The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (2021) informs the practice experiences for DNP students. DNP graduates are equipped to improve health outcomes, through translating and applying evidence to clinical decision making, lead quality improvement initiatives, advocate, and collaborate within complex health systems. DNP practice hours are designed to foster growth and proficiency in advanced practice nursing or system competencies.
Post-Graduate DNP students are required to complete a minimum of 500 practice hours in a professional practice setting or practice sites with a minimum of 1000 hours when combined with MSN clinical hours. A gap analysis of MSN clinical hours will be completed by the Director of the Program and the Admission, Progression, Retention Committee during the application process. All admitted DNP students will have an individualized curriculum plan based on a gap analysis.
BSN to DNP
BSN to DNP students are required to complete a minimum of 500 practice hours in a professional practice setting or practice sites in addition to the required direct care clinical hours within the FNP or PNP area of focus; or the required practicum hours for the NLHI area of focus. A minimum total of 1000 hours is required for completion of the DNP program.