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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Overview

Program Overview

History of the DNP Program

Historically, planning for the School’s DNP Program began in late fall, 2011. The State Board of Education included DNP Education in Nursing for Boise State University in its eight-year plan.  After nearly two years of planning, negotiation and collaboration at local and state levels by Pamela Springer, Ph.D., R.N., Director of the School of Nursing and Pam Strohfus, DNP, R.N., Coordinator of the DNP Program, the Idaho Board of Education approved the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) (February 21, 2013).  The inaugural classes began in fall, 2013 and the program proudly celebrated its first graduates May 7, 2016.

Curriculum Overview

Prepares students to use evidence and advanced knowledge of technology to lead improvements in communication and the monitoring, collection, management, analysis, and dissemination of information that enhances health and health care safety and quality. Focused on design, selection, use, and evaluation of legal, ethical, just, and cost-effective information-management processes to evaluate health and practice outcomes in diverse, aggregate-focused, advanced practice settings.

Competencies:  Each course has been designed with competencies interfacing with the program objectives and nationally recognized documents.  The curriculum design was based on criteria and standards from two documents:  1) The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s The Essentials of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2004) and 2) National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 2008, Accreditation Manual.

Degree Conferred: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)