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South Dakota State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 17, 2017
 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Requirements


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Admission Requirements


Two applications are required for the SDSU Graduate Nursing Program:

1. SDSU Graduate School Application  (online application)

The application file must be complete with the application form and application fee. References and transcripts are not sent to the Graduate School.  These documents will be accessed through the NursingCAS application.  A completed application must be filed with the Graduate School by March 15 for fall admission. Applications for domestic, international or non-degree seeking students are found at http://app.applyyourself.com/?id=sdstate-g.

2. SDSU Graduate Nursing Program Application via NursingCAS - online application service

Application to the DNP program option is available at NursingCAS (https://nursingcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login) beginning October 5 for fall admission. Please refer to the NursingCAS application directions (http://www.sdstate.edu/nurs/programs/graduate/masters/upload/NursingCAS-Instructions-for-SDSU-Graduate-Nursing-Program-2.pdf) to complete an application.

Applications will be accepted beginning October 5 for all  DNP options. Application deadline for all DNP options is March 15th. Incomplete/non-verified applications will not be considered.

Priority Consideration for DNP/FNP options: Applications received by November 30th for DNP/FNP options are reviewed and interviews are scheduled ahead of the March 15th deadline with potential for early notification of acceptance to the program.

Additional Admission Requirements for Bachelor’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 7.0 total band

In addition to meeting the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants for graduate study for the Bachelor’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice must have:

  • Current RN licensure.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE Accredited program with a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical lab or within the first program year.
  • Completed application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Submission of written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interest and desired practice career.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years.
  • Interview with graduate faculty.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, specialty certification, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.

Additional Admissions Requirements for Post Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice - NP, CRNA, CNS, and CNM

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 7.0 total band

In addition to meeting the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants for graduate study for the Post Master to Doctor of Nursing Practice (who possess current certification as a Nurse Practitioner, CRNA, CNM or CNS) must have:

  • Current RN licensure.
  • National certification as a Nurse Practitioner (Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist).
  • Master’s degree in nursing with a (Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist) focus from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA.
  • Completed application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Submission of written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interests, and desired practice career.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within the last five years.
  • Interview with graduate faculty.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.

Additional Admissions Requirements for Post Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 7.0 total band

In addition to meeting the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants for graduate study for the Post Master to Doctor of Nursing Practice must have:

  • Current RN licensure.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE Accredited program.
  • Master’s degree in nursing with a focus from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical course.
  • Completed application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Submission of written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interests, and desired practice career.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years.
  • Interview with graduate faculty.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.

Advisory Committee


After consultation with the student, the head of the major department will designate a major advisor. As soon as possible, but no later than the completion of fifty (50) percent of the credits toward graduation, the major advisor will recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School (by submission of the committee approval request form) members of an advisory committee. The advisory committee must be composed of four (4) to six (6) members. The committee must include:

  • Committee Chair – must hold full Graduate Faculty status at SDSU. This member assists the student in developing a suitable graduate program, provides continuing guidance and counsel, evaluates student progress, informs the student as to who will provide primary project supervision, serves as a contact for the committee and ensures the completion of the degree requirements to the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Two (2) additional members with expertise within the discipline – must hold either full Graduate Faculty or Associate Graduate Faculty status at SDSU. Additional members assist the student in developing a suitable graduate program, provide continuing guidance and counsel, evaluate student progress, and assist with the completion of the degree requirements. Additional members may serve as co-chairs.
  • Graduate Faculty Representative – selected by the Dean of the Graduate School from within a distant, broadly-defined discipline. This member represents the Graduate Council to ensure the supervision of the student is carried out with sufficient integrity. This member ensures that minimal academic standards are maintained and acts as an advocate and counselor for the student. For votes regarding the final oral defense, the Graduate Faculty representative must vote in the affirmative for the vote to carry.

Committee chairs, with department head approval, may request up to two (2) additional committee members. The Dean of the Graduate School approves requests for additional committee members.

Professional doctorate degree holders with full Graduate Faculty status may only serve as chair for a committee for the degree which they hold.

Adjunct faculty members or University employees holding a master’s degree who fail to qualify as Associate Graduate Faculty member may serve on graduate student committees. Such committees must contain the minimum number of Full/Associate Graduate Faculty in addition to the master’s degree holder. A committee may only include one master’s degree holder. Addition of the master’s degree holder does not alter the maximum number of committee members allowed. The master’s degree holder is not considered as having Associate Graduate Faculty status and cannot serve as co-chair.

The advisory committee is responsible for approving the content and scope of comprehensive and final examinations, both written and oral. The committee must evaluate the student’s performance for the comprehensive exams and final defense and all other degree requirements.

All committee members must be available for regular meetings with the student and/or committee. Each committee member has voting privileges. Only committee members may vote on business before the committee. For activities requiring committee votes, the chair must ensure due diligence for accommodating all members of the committee. The Graduate Faculty representative and all but one (1) of the graduate committee must vote in the affirmative to pass the student.

The Department Head is responsible for informing the Graduate School if and when a committee member can no longer discharge her/his duties consistent with the policies of the University.

Plan of Study/Credit Requirements


After the advisory committee is formed, the major advisor will schedule a meeting with the student to develop a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted using the plan of study form (www.sdstate.edu/graduate/upload/PhD-Plan-of-Study.pdf) and approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School prior to completion of 50 percent of the credits toward graduation. Delay in submitting a plan of study may result in disapproval of courses taken prior to approval and/or registration restrictions. Student cannot take the comprehensive written examination prior to approval of the plan of study. Changes in the approved plan of study must be requested using the change in plan of study form (www.sdstate.edu/graduate/forms/upload/Change-of-Plan-of-Study-2015.pdf). While devising the plan of study, please refer to specific academic program requirements in the Academic Programs section of the catalog in addition to the following information.

Total Credits Required

Options Credit Hours
Bachelor’s to DNP  
    Family Nurse Practitioner 78 - 81
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner * 74
    Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner * 84.5
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner * 84.5
    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner * 84.5
Master’s to DNP 28-36
    Family Nurse Practitioner 66-69

*The College of Nursing has agreements for distance education and hybrid courses with the University of Missouri - Kansas City for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner courses, and the University of Missouri - Columbia for Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist courses. Students in these specializations receive their degree from SDSU.

Graduate Credit Requirement - Credit applied toward graduate credentials should be at the 500-level and above. At least fifty (50) percent of the credits on a plan of study must be in courses 600-series or above. Please refer to the Graduate Credit Requirements Policy for more information http://www.sdstate.edu/policies/upload/Credit-Requirements-for-Graduate-Degree-Programs.pdf.

Examinations


Project Proposal Defense

The student arranges with his/her advisory committee the time and location for the DNP Project Proposal Defense. At this time, the student will defend the project topic, evidence-based research and guidelines to support the intervention, and methodology to monitor effectiveness of the health policy change or intervention. The student will discuss the proposed statistical tests to evaluate outcomes of the intervention. The DNP Project Proposal Defense must occur in a different semester than the final oral and project defense. The Graduate Faculty representative and all but one (1) of the graduate committee must vote to pass the student.

Final Oral Exam

The student arranges with his/her advisory committee the time and location for the final oral examination.   The student will submit the final oral exam form (www.sdstate.edu/graduate/forms/upload/DNP-Final-Oral-Exam-2015-16.pdf) to the Graduate School no less than two (2) weeks prior to the examination date. A final oral examination will be administered by the advisory committee, covering the student’s plan of study and project. This examination must be comprehensive, testing the student’s ability to analyze, integrate, and apply knowledge from the discipline. The Graduate Faculty representative and all but one (1) of the graduate committee must vote to pass the student.  The final oral exam must be completed three (3) weeks prior to the end of the semester in order to graduate.

Time Limitation


Obsolete Program

If the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is not completed within eight (8) years from the program start date, the request for an extension of the graduate program form (http://www.sdstate.edu/graduate/forms/upload/Request-for-Extension.pdf) must be submitted to the Graduate School.  The request will be reviewed and a decision as to whether the student may continue in the program will be made by the Graduate School Dean.

Obsolete Coursework

Courses taken more than eight (8) years before completion of the program are regarded as obsolete coursework. Obsolete courses may be used in the DNP degree program if validated. Validation is allowed at the discretion of the advisory committee and department involved and can be accomplished by passing validation requirements in the subject matter area and submitting the validation form to the Graduate School (http://www.sdstate.edu/graduate/forms/upload/Course-Validation-2015-16.pdf). Validated coursework cannot exceed fifty (50) percent of the total coursework listed on the plan of study and must be certified by the advisory committee.  Course validation may be subject to a processing fee.  Only courses taken at SDSU may be validated.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Checklist


Requirements Timeline
Designation of Major Advisor During the semester of NURS 850.
Designation of Advisory Committee During first semester of graduate work Graduate Faculty representative will be assigned by the Graduate School.
Plan of Study During the first semester of graduate work or before 50% of coursework is complete. Must be approved by all Advisory Committee members and submitted to Graduate School.
DNP Project Proposal Defense During NURS 880 and with permission of the Major Advisor.
Graduation Application During final semester, by deadline.*
Final Oral Exam During final semester, by deadline. Final oral exam form must be submitted two (2) weeks prior to exam date.

* The Graduate School sets deadlines for graduation each semester (http://www.sdstate.edu/graduate/current/important-dates.cfm).  Please also consult with your Department for other program specific requirements and deadlines.  All forms are available on the Graduate School Forms page (http://www.sdstate.edu/graduate/forms/index.cfm).