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Proposal Summary: NU-10-002

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Title Professional Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Submitting DeanN. Margaret Wineman
Submitting CollegeNursing -- Susan Bradford
Departments Generating the ProposalNursing
Objection DeadlineNovember 04, 2010
Proposal StatusFinal Approval Granted
Proposal Last UpdatedJune 27, 2011 by Karen Greene
Effective DateSpring 2011
Brief Summary of ProposalThe College of Nursing at The University of Akron proposes to implement a professional nursing doctoral degree program that will move the advanced practice tracks and the advanced role track Nursing Administration in the masterís degree program to the clinical doctoral level consistent with recommendations of the American Association of Colleges in Nursing. This proposal was developed in collaboration with Kent State University College of Nursing. Six of the courses are to be offered jointly, three at the University of Akron College of Nursing and three at Kent State University. All other courses in the program will be offered at each university. Authorized by the Ohio Board of Nursing (Ohio Revised Code 4723- Nurse Practice Act), advanced practice nurse roles include certified clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives. Additionally we will include Nursing Administration which prepares nurses for advanced management roles in nursing organizations. Both universities currently have large, high quality masterís programs that lead to national certification and State Board credentialing of advanced practice nurses. In 2004, the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN) established the position that all advanced practice masterís degree programs were to transition to the doctoral level by 2015. On October 30, 2006, the AACN member institutions endorsed the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2006). Further, in 2008, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting arm of AACN, approved the revised Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Programs (2008), which now include DNP programs. These guidelines and standards, in combination with the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (National Task Force, 2008), were used to develop the proposed DNP program. Three proposals will be submitted: 1)this proposal NU-10-002 for development of the baccalaureate to DNP which will be phased in at a later date; and two related proposals-A) the second proposal NU-10-003 Post MSN Professional Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP Certificate for those master's prepared advanced practice nurses holding national certification as Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or Nurse Midwives; and B) NU-10-004 a Post MSN Professional Doctor of Nursing Practice for those master's prepared nurses who do not have a clinical masters degree preparing them for advanced practice or for an Advanced Role in Nursing Administration. Proposals NU-10-003 and NU-10-004 for Post MSNs will be started first when approval is granted. Proposal NU-10-002 BSN to DNP willl be phased in when the specialty tracks offered through the MSN are fully integrated into the DNP.
Type of ProposalNew program
Graduate School Endorsement StatusApproved
Graduate School Endorsement UpdatedOctober 11, 2010 by GS Heather Blake
Institutional Research StatusApproved
IR Status UpdatedOctober 14, 2010 by IR Anu Mahapatra
Library StatusApproved
Library Status UpdatedSeptember 27, 2010 by Bonnie Chonacki
Distance Learning Review Committee StatusNot required
DLRC Status Updated
General Education Advisory Committee StatusNot required
GEAC Status UpdatedJune 01, 2010 by Karen Greene
Resource RequirementsNo additional resources
Resource Requirements UpdatedMay 13, 2010 by NU dean's ofc Kathleen Ross-Alaolmolki
Resource commentImplementation will be possible using current faculty resources. Courses currently taught in the master's program will be retitled, revised and renumbered with 700 level numbers as the first phase of the program is transitioned to the full post baccalaureate to DNP program. For example the 606 Introduction to Nursing Information will be phased out and all studnets will take 8200:700 Information Management in Health Care and will be taught by the doctoral faculty who now teaches the master's level course. She taught the doctoral level course at another university. Selected PhD courses will be used such as 8200: 827 Advanced Health Care Statistics, 848 Program Development and 835 Nursing and Health Care Policy. In fact these doctoral course will now be populated with many more students.

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