Saint Louis University

BSN to DNP Curriculum

Specialties and Role Options Available

  • Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post BSN to DNP students will complete the program with 1050 or 1125 clinical hours depending on the specialty. At the completion of the specialty courses and prior to taking doctoral level clinical coursework the student is to sit for the specialty certification exam.

Courses

  • HCE 5500:   Ethics in Nursing/Health Care (2) 
  • NURS 5040: Role Acquisition
  • NURS 5080: Advanced Pharmacology (3) 
  • NURS 5110: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (3) 
  • NURS 5140: Health Promotion (3) 
  • NURS 5160: Principles of Practice Management (3) 
  • NURS 5170: Advanced Pathophysiology (3) 
  • NURS 5200: General Research Methods (3) 
  • NURS 5---:   Advanced Clinical Studies I (4) 
  • NURS 5---:   Advanced Clinical Studies II (5) 
  • NURS 5---:   Cognate (3) 
  • NURS 5810: Final Practicum (5) 
  • NURS 5900: Residency 
  • ORES 5010: Bio-Statistics (3) OR NURS 6805: Bio-Statistics (3) 
  • NURS 5000: Principles of Epidemiology (3) 
  • NURS 6000: DNP Forum (0) 
  • NURS 6100: Health Care Policy and Advanced Practice Nursing (3) 
  • NURS 6110: Health Care Delivery Systems (3) 
  • NURS 6130: Interprofessional Collaboration (3) 
  • NURS 6140: Leadership in Health Care (3) 
  • NURS 6150: Clinical Informatics (2) 
  • NURS 6160: Evidence Based Practice I (3) 
  • NURS 6170: Evidence Based Practice II (3) 
  • NURS 6960: Project Management (2) 
  • NURS 6961: Capstone Clinical and Project (3) 
  • NURS 5950: Special Study for Exams (0) 

TOTAL DNP degree 68*

*Additional courses required for the educator option.

All students complete 26 credits of courses (5000 level) that include:

  • Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (2)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (3)
  • Health Promotion (3)
  • Principles of Practice Management (3)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • General Research Methods (3)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • Biostatistics (3)

All students complete 25 hours of courses (6000 level) that include:

  • Interprofessional Collaboration (3)
  • Clinical Informatics (2)
  • Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (3)
  • Evidence Based Practice I (3)
  • Evidence Based Practice II: Methods & Techniques (3)
  • Leadership in Health Care (3)
  • Project Management (2)
  • Clinical and Capstone and Project (3)

Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Core courses +)

  • NURS 5310: Critical Appraisal of Technology: Acute Care (cognate) 
  • NURS ----: Elective 
  • NURS 5260: Advanced Clinical Studies in the Acute Care Setting I 
  • NURS 5270: Advanced Clinical Studies in the Acute Care Setting II 
  • NURS 5810: Nursing Practicum 
  • NURS 5950: Special Study for Exams 

Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Core courses +)

  • NURS 5750: Care of the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health (cognate) 
  • NURS 5240: Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adult and Older Adults 
  • NURS 5250: Advanced Clinical Studies II: Adults and Older Adults 
  • NURS 5810: Nursing Practicum 
  • NURS 5950: Special Study for Exams 

Family Nurse Practitioner (Core courses +)

  • NURS 5630: Dynamics of Family Nursing Practice (cognate) 
  • NURS 5280: Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adults, and Older Adults 
  • NURS 5290: Advanced Clinical Studies II: Women and Children 
  • NURS 5510: Mental Health of the Family in the Primary Care Setting 
  • NURS 5810: Nursing Practicum 
  • NURS 5950: Special Study for Exams 

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Core courses +)

  • NURS 5550: Family and Child Development (cognate)
  • NURS 5320: Advanced Clinical Studies I in Nursing of Children 
  • NURS 5330: Advanced Clinical Studies II in Nursing of Children 
  • NURS ----: Elective 
  • NURS 5810: Nursing Practicum 
  • NURS 5950: Special Study for Exams 

Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role (Core courses +)

  • NURS 5400: Ecological Approach to Human Behavior (cognate) 
  • NURS 5550: Growth and Development (cognate)
  • NURS 5340: Advanced Clinical Studies I : P/MH Nursing 
  • NURS 5350: Advanced Clinical Studies II : P/MH Nursing 
  • NURS 5430: Psychopharmacology 
  • NURS 5810: Nursing Practicum 
  • NURS 5950: Special Study for Exams

*Please click here for course descriptions.

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