The dual DNP-PhD program blends coursework required to meet the DNP Essentials as outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and those of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, as well as coursework that develops the skillset for the design and conduct of research. Students complete core courses for both degrees in the first three years of the five-year program, followed by specialty track coursework and clinical training during the last two years. Core courses in the first three years provide the foundation for completing a DNP Scholarly Project, as well as preparation to conduct PhD Dissertation research. Clinical research immersion during years two to three fulfills requirements for the DNP scholarly project and sets the stage for dissertation work during the last two years of the five-year program of study.
The dual program requires full-time enrollment for five years (defined as nine credits minimum per semester), year-round. A sample program of study for the dual DNP-PhD program can be viewed here.
The dual program requires successful completion of written and oral PhD qualifying examinations at the conclusion of formal coursework (end of year three), prior to admission to PhD degree candidacy and initiation of the dissertation. Students complete the PhD dissertation phase during the last two years of the program of study, with the possibility of extending into an additional two years, if needed.