College of Nursing
Overview

This practice-focused doctoral program will prepare nursing leaders for the highest level of nursing practice. Throughout the program, students will develop the clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills necessary to design and implement programs of care delivery which significantly impact healthcare outcomes and have the potential to transform healthcare delivery. Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.

The D.N.P. is a 31+ credit program for the student who has completed an M.S.N. degree with a major in Direct Care or Indirect Care and is 73-79 credits for the post- B.S.N. applicant. All courses can be taken online. The program prepares graduates to improve the health care of diverse populations through the application of research, analysis of healthcare systems and leadership in development of practice models, health policy and standards of care.

Direct Care – Advanced Practice Nurse 

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Primary or Acute Care
The A.G.N.P. program prepares nurses to provide a range of healthcare services that promote wellness, prevent illness and manage health and illness needs of adults across the lifespan. The scope of practice of either the primary care or acute care N.P. is not setting-specific, but is based on patient care needs. The particular expertise of the primary care A.G.N.P. emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion and the management of patients with acute and chronic multi-system health problems. The patient population of the acute care A.G.N.P. includes care of patients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disability and/or injury. The number of credits and clinical hours are determined by requirements for board certification in adult-gerontology. Graduates of the A.G.N.P. M.S.N. track complete a minimum of 600 supervised clinical practice hours and are eligible to sit for national certification in Primary Care or Acute Care through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. 

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary or Acute Care
The P.N.P. program prepares nurses to provide a range of healthcare services that promote wellness, prevent illness and manage health and illness needs of children from birth to early adulthood. The scope of practice of either the primary care or acute care N.P. is not setting specific, but is based on patient care needs. The particular expertise of the primary care P.N.P. emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion and the management of patients with acute and chronic health problems. The patient population of the acute care P.N.P. includes care of patients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disability and/or injury. The number of credits and clinical hours are determined by requirements for board certification in pediatrics. Graduates of the P.N.P. M.S.N. track complete a minimum of 540 supervised clinical practice hours and are eligible to sit for national certification in Primary Care through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or Acute Care through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. 

Indirect Care - Administration and Leadership

Indirect Care – Health Systems Administration
Nurse executives require the sound clinical knowledge and business skills necessary to function effectively within today’s integrated healthcare delivery systems. Education at the doctoral level provides the essential tools for professional success and the ability to be competitive in an increasingly changing and challenging healthcare environment. Successful nursing leaders must possess a strong clinical foundation that is well integrated with knowledge of sound business principles, a synergistic combination that positions nursing leaders to reach the highest levels of healthcare administration. A base for continued inquiry and contributions to the art and science of nursing is provided, as are the knowledge and skills to exert a leadership role in the formulation of healthcare policy. Graduates will be fully prepared to advocate for and direct the provision of high quality patient care while at the same time addressing realities of the costs. Graduates are encouraged to complete the Board of Governors Examination to achieve Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Sharon Venino
Assistant Program Director

(973) 275-2359
sharon.venino@shu.edu
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