On-Campus Intensives and Conference-Based Learning
All dual DNP-PhD students are required to attend three (3) week-long campus immersion experiences as a cohort. These week-long immersions are held at the University of Utah campus annually during the coursework phase of the program (the first three years of study). The initial week-long campus immersion takes place during the first week of classes and serves as an orientation to the University of Utah, as well as the DNP and PhD programs (typically in mid-August for fall admission). The exact dates for subsequent weeklong immersions vary each year. Each of the three visits has distinct objectives that align with program progression.
In addition, all dual students, regardless of the state or country of residence, are required to attend a professional conference as a cohort annually during the coursework phase of the program (the first three years of study). The research conference is chosen by PhD program faculty (exact semester, location and dates may vary depending on which conference is chosen). Each of the three conference attendance experiences is typically tied to current coursework and provides rich faculty/student mentoring and networking opportunities.