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D.N.P.--Additional Specific Requirements

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree prepares nurse administrators and advanced practice nurses to assume leadership roles in practice settings in the community, governmental agencies, or healthcare institutions. The D.N.P degree requires a minimum of 61 total credits, 1000 hours of practicum time, and a capstone project as the culminating experience. For students who have completed a master's degree in nursing, a minimum of 30 post-master’s credits completed at Penn State is required. The curriculum is individualized based on previous coursework and number of practicum hours completed during the master’s program. A maximum of 550 practicum hours from the previous master’s program will be accepted to fulfill the 1000 hours of required practicum hours. Capstone Project: The culminating experience of the program is an evidence-based practice project. Students will identify a problem and use evidence-based research to develop a proposal to implement and evaluate a practice change initiative to improve either practice or patient outcomes.


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