The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of primary health care provider in a variety of settings
SU Nursing offers both BSN-to-DNP and Post-Graduate DNP degrees.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers concentrations in:
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
BSN-to-DNP graduates will be prepared to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam. The Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): FNP or PMHNP program is designed to prepare individuals with the advanced knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to manage health care in a safe, effective, and efficient manner in a variety of settings. The program can be completed in 9 consecutive semesters/three full years, including summers.
The Post-Graduate DNP program is open to all advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists) who hold a master’s degree and are nationally certified as an APRN (NP, CNS), CNM or CRNA. The program may be completed in 6 consecutive semesters/two full years, including summers.
Cohorts are established annually in the Fall. Beginning Fall 2020, core and specialty courses are on Wednesdays. Faculty will assist students in arranging clinical placements and clinical placements will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student.
Hear from a DNP Student
In Shenandoah University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you’ll build the skill sets needed for even greater success as a nurse leader. You’ll also receive all the support you require from faculty, whether you need it daily, or just every once in a while. Meet one of our students as she explains more about our program and why it’s so special to her.
Learn More About Nursing at Shenandoah
Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing‘s programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels— from people entering the profession with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, to advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers classes on the main campus in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building, and the Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH) campus in Fairfax. We’re excited to share our programs with you.
The curricula for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs combine important knowledge and skills with a friendly and caring spirit. Students like you share diverse backgrounds and personal and professional experiences with seasoned teaching faculty and clinical preceptors, who contribute to robust classroom discussions and enriching and exciting clinical interactions. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career.
The BSN-to-DNP degree requirement is 75 credit hours for FNP and 76 credit hours for PMHNP, with a grade of “B” or better in all courses. The clinical practicum requirement for this track is approximately 1,080 clinical hours for FNP and 1,100 hours for PMHNP. Core and NP general courses are primarily one day per week and offered in the classroom as well as synchronously live from a distance. Immersion days may be required.
The Post Graduate -DNP degree requirement is 32-33 credit hours, with a grade of “B” or better in all courses. The clinical requirement is approximately 500 clinical hours. The majority of the coursework is completed online, including some synchronous courses, which requires students to be online at specific times. Immersion days may be required.
Consult with your Program Director for program location details.
Key points of the programs:
- Cohorts are established in August.
- All classroom courses are on Wednesdays beginning Fall 2020.
- Clinical placement is a collaborative process between the student and the faculty. Clinical days will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student.
- Alumni are eligible for a tuition discount.
DNP Program Locations
There are a variety of locations where you may complete the DNP program. Consult with your program director to find a location that works best for you.
- BSN-DNP courses may be completed at the Winchester Campus or the Inova Center For Personalized Health campus in Fairfax, Virginia.
- DNP 700-800 level courses are all offered online.
- DNP 700-800 level courses are all offered online.
We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer.
My favorite part about the GEL Switzerland trip was the opportunity to network! I am currently in the process of setting up my post-doctorate residency program due to networking that happened on this GEL trip through SU. I personally went on the Switzerland GEL trip because of the WHA. I am in the DNP-HSL program here at SU and this trip provided me with real world, real life experiences that correlates directly not only to my degree but also to healthcare issues in general. I feel like a different person being back. I have had a life changing experience and it is hard not to think in broader terms now. I see things very differently now. For an example, when I think about access to healthcare, I realize that it is not just an “American” problem but rather a global problem.
Gina Stevens | DNP-HSL