Online RequirementsStudents enrolled in the Post BSN to DNP program may pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with Educator Option. Upon completion of the requirements for the nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist master's degree program, you qualify to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) certification examination. Eligibility requirements for the NCBPNP/N Certification Exam include additional hours of study.
The program requires two campus visits to Saint Louis University. The first expected visit is a 5 day residency at the School of Nursing. During the on-campus residency, students participate in an intensive assessment and evaluation of their knowledge of curriculum content, including diagnostic reasoning, clinical assessment skills and therapeutic communication. Additionally, an orientation to doctoral level course work is given. A second visit of 1-2 days is expected at the end of the program to present the capstone project.
Clinical sites and preceptors are essential to the successful completion of the Post BSN to DNP program. To help you develop your nurse practitioner skills and interests, you will work with a clinical preceptor for each clinical course at a site in the community where you live. Because learning takes place away from the Saint Louis University campus area, our faculty assist you in selecting appropriate clinical sites and preceptors that are compatible with both your and the program's objectives.
To complete your learning online, you must be comfortable using both personal computer hardware and software. You must have an e-mail account and be proficient in accessing the Internet. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are the preferred browsers. You will need additional software of Adobe Reader and RealPlayer. Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to have broadband, high speed access to the Internet, such as a cable modem or DSL phone line. For more detailed computer requirements, visit the Learning Online homepage: http://nursing.slu.edu/online.
Lectures and slide presentations in the online courses can be heard using RealPlayer. Class handouts are available using Adobe Reader. Class seminars are conducted online asynchronously. Students are expected to go online several times each week to discuss cases or pose questions.
All courses are under username/password encryption. You will be able to login to courses after you have been notified of acceptance by Saint Louis University, you have registered for courses and you have arranged for payment of tuition.
Electronic Log Fee - Nurse Practitioner Program
Nurse Practitioner students are required to use an electronic log system and are responsible for paying fees associated with the purchase of this log.
Online Test Proctoring
Nurse Practitioner students (admitted Spring 2010 and later) are required to use an online test proctoring service for taking exams in NURS 517, NURS 508, NURS 519 or NURS 511, and the first OR second Advanced Clinical Studies class depending on the specialty. Students are responsible for paying fees associated with the use of this service.