Course Requirements

Doctoral Core (38 credit hours)

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the Doctoral Core requirements, students must complete the track requirements for their concentration track.

Other Requirements

Scholarly Leadership Project

Students will also be required to complete a Scholarly Leadership Project which represents the cumulating work for their DNP program. The project is expected to be a tangible academic product that reflects the student’s educational experiences and should be evaluated by an academic committee.  The Scholarly Leadership Project for the DePaul DNP students (NSG 601 and NSG 602) will include: 1) a needs assessment of an aggregate population, APN practice setting, healthcare institution policies, or healthcare delivery models using an Evidence Based Practice approach; 2) development, and implementation of  a program to improve the health of a population,  change practice, influence health policy, or revise healthcare delivery models; 3) evaluation of the program; and 4) presentation of outcomes and submission of publishable manuscript.​

NSG 601


Students will submit individual objectives to the faculty advisor and committee who will guide the student through project implementation. Students will implement their evidence based Scholarly Leadership Project during this course.

NSG 602


Work continues on the evidence-based scholarly project. Students will complete implementation of their Scholarly Leadership Project, and perform a rigorous program evaluation. The results of this project will be presented to a faculty committee, and after committee approval, will be disseminated with an oral presentation and a manuscript deemed suitable for a peer-reviewed journal.

NSG 481


The application of biostatistics/epidemiology to clinical practice and research is the intent of this seminar. Initial discussions will focus on understanding biostatistics and epidemiological statistics as applied to health and disease in diverse populations. From considering the relationship between measurement and biostatistics to understanding the importance of insuring data integrity throughout the research process, students will examine existing data sets (federal, voluntary agencies, professional/specialty organizations). Then the focus will be on understanding epidemiological statistics (rates, proportions, relative and absolute risk), descriptive statistics, measures of differences, measures of relationships/prediction, and multivariate statistical models as applied to health and disease.

NSG 522


This course provides learning experiences that focus on fiscal management and budgetary practices in health care institutions. Budget preparation, cost-benefit analysis, product costing, reimbursement, and analysis of financial status in organizations are emphasized. Health care finance is covered involving the major sources and uses of funds. Health care accounting is included which addresses financial reporting and cost measurement. An understanding of finance, accounting, policy and administration enables the advanced practice nurse to enhance the delivery of health care in a dynamic health care environment.

NSG 540


This seminar is designed to explore cultural and ethical perspectives and their relationships to health policy. Health disparities based on social and cultural difference are linked to major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and stroke, as well as access to and outcomes of health services. Class discussions will focus on the past, current and future health policy needs of multicultural and multifaceted societies. The phenomena of cultural, ethnic, gender, class, and sexual variation in complex societies; notions of diversity and social justice; understandings of cultural conflicts and how cultural differences are managed in healthcare settings will be considered. Students will integrate concepts of all levels of prevention in health care, examine research in health ethics and health policy and discuss legislative processes for their potential to improve the health of the public.

NSG 550


This course focuses on application of supply and demand theory to the healthcare industry as well as analysis of financing and healthcare delivery in the United States and other countries. The principles and tools of microeconomics and macroeconomics will be applied to the healthcare market. Applications particularly pertinent in economic climates include the supply and demand of healthcare, practice incentives, managed care, malpractice and pharmaceutical economics.
NSG 552 is a prerequisite for this class.

NSG 551


The course focuses on critical leadership characteristics that are necessary for transforming organizational behavior in healthcare organizations. Students will analyze leadership theories/styles and the interrelationship between leadership and management. Strategies for directing and managing successful change based upon an organization?s vision and mission will be explored. Students will have an opportunity to assess their personal leadership style and to develop effective strategic leadership skills.

NSG 552


This course will familiarize the student in different types of program evaluation, including objectives oriented evaluation, management oriented evaluation, consumer oriented evaluation, expertise oriented evaluation adversary oriented evaluation, participant oriented evaluation and alternative evaluation approaches. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, analysis of computerized service statistics, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact.
NSG 481, NSG 554 and NSG 600 are a prerequisite for this class.

NSG 554


This course focuses on information systems technology and its application for the improvement and transformation of patient-centered health care. Implications of informatics for advanced practice nursing and health care in general are explored. Impact on consumer-provider relationships, ethical and legal issues, global/future informatics issues and electronic health record issues are being examined. The course prepares the student to become proficient at selecting and using technology for organizing, analyzing, managing, and evaluating information in nursing administration, education, and clinical practice settings. The use of technology as an adjunct to doctoral-level inquiry and how it supports clinical and professional decision-making is explained and demonstrated.

NSG 600


This course will focus on the evidence based practice process, theories, concepts, and methods. This will include the synthesis and application of scientific evidence to nursing and healthcare practice within a systems framework. Students will develop a proposal for an evidence-based, scholarly leadership proposal, which will translate science into practice. In order to accomplish this, the student will focus on a specific aggregate population, and develop the program to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery. This proposal will be presented to a faculty committee consisting of three faculty members for their approval.
NSG 481 and NSG 554 are a prerequisite for this class.