Frequently Asked Questions
Post-Master's DNP Program Description
The Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) serves to strengthen the skills and knowledge of experienced and licensed practitioners in the areas of executive leadership, nurse anesthesia, and nurse practitioner. The DNP Program provides the student with the opportunity to strengthen one’s clinical skills by gaining intensive experiences in one’s specialty area of practice, enhance the understanding of the theoretical underpinnings that supports one’s specialty area of practice, and broaden one’s perspective of healthcare systems and delivery models from a Christian worldview.
The DNP Program is designed as a full-time post-master’s program that begins the fall of each year. Students are expected to be on campus for up to four 1-week sessions per year with an ongoing intensive online educational process through the use of Blackboard. The clinical fellowships are expected to be completed in the area in which you live with clinical agency support from the institution in completing your DNP Project.
Purpose of Program
To prepare competent professional nurses who provide caring therapeutic interventions to meet the health needs of culturally diverse persons.
Mission Statement of Program
The mission of the Doctor of Nursing Practice is to prepare experts in specialized advanced practice with a Christ-centered focus.
Program Goals of DNP Program
- To provide doctoral nursing education that builds on the foundation of master’s nursing education
- To prepare the graduate for enhanced knowledge and skills in a specialized area of practice
- To develop the graduate as a leader of one’s specialty area of practice implementing the Christian worldview
Expected Program Outcomes of DNP Program
- Demonstrate expertise in an area of specialized advanced nursing practice
- Integrate biosciences, education, research, business, and technology into advanced nursing practice within the Christian worldview
- Formulate organizational and systems components for leadership and quality improvement to enhance patient outcomes
- Promote transformation of health care through interprofessional collaboration, policy development and technology utilization within an area of specialized advanced nursing practice
- Evaluate outcomes of evidence based research and design appropriate interventions for specialized area of advanced nursing practice to improve the health of individuals, aggregates, and populations
Graduate Admissions Checklist
- Application: All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. NursingCAS AND Supplemental Application Packet (.pdf)
- Personal Statement: Complete the personal statement found on NursingCAS. Your personal statement should include your reasons for seeking a clinical doctorate, your plans to use this degree to transform your practice and the profession of nursing, a problem statement reflective of an issue in your practice you have identified as an opportunity for a practice inquiry project and how you have prepared for success in this program.
- Application Fee: The application fee is $50 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application. The NursingCAS application fee is $65 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online via the NursingCAS website.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted directly through NursingCAS. Please do not send transcripts for non-traditional nursing programs to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from previous academic institutions attended. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent to:
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the NuringCAS application.
- Provide proof of BSN degree completion, if applicable.
- Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
- Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
- Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.
*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.
*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:
- Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
- Immunization Records
- Clear urine drug screen
- Clear criminal background check