Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
The D.N.P. program was established in 2009. The program was developed in response to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing. The position statement supported moving the preparation of advanced practice nurses from the M.S. in Nursing to the Doctoral level by the year 2015.
The purpose of the D.N.P. program is to prepare Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs) to transform clinical practice as expert clinicians and leaders with a special focus on rural and underserved populations.
In addition to delivering evidence-based direct patient care at an advanced practice level to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings, graduates of the D.N.P. program will learn skills needed to produce and implement valuable evidence to guide practice and are prepared to work collaboratively with rural communities in an effort to reduce health disparities.
- To prepare graduates as clinicians and leaders with a special focus on rural and underserved populations.
- To prepare graduates to deliver evidence-based direct patient care to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings.
- To prepare graduates to produce and implement scientific evidence to guide practice.
- To prepare graduates to work collaboratively with frontier, urban, and rural communities in an effort to reduce health disparities.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following competencies:
- Analyze significant practice issues with the theoretical and scientific underpinnings of knowledge-based practice.
- Employ advanced clinical judgment to assess, design, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based care of individuals in complex health and illness situations.
- Apply a broad system perspective to design, implement, and evaluate culturally congruent policies and practices to improve care for a diverse population.
- Lead health care inter-professional and intra-professional teams to transform care.
- Initiate ethically sound practice changes to address complex interwoven organization, population, fiscal, and policy trends.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of information technology to improve health care within systems.
- Implement evidence-based clinical prevention and health promotion activities to improve the health of populations.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
Students must provide evidence of professional registration by submitting a copy of the most current RN license.
After completing the program of study, graduates may be eligible to complete certification through several professional organizations.
Nursing Certification - Family Nurse Practitioner
Course Delivery Format
Nursing courses are delivered face-to-face and enhanced with web-based instruction. Online course delivery is also offered for specified courses.
Facilities and Services
The College of Nursing provides world-class facilities and a variety of students services and programs for graduate student engagement.
Available Options for Graduate Degrees
|Doctor of Nursing Practice
||Post Masters to D.N.P.
* Students who have not previously completed either NURS 623 , NURS 631 , or PHA 645 OR equivalent coursework within the previous five years, will be required to complete those courses as part of this program option. All previous coursework will need to be evaluated for equivalency and approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing in order to be included on the student’s Plan of Study.
For additional information, refer to the Graduate Nursing Department webpage.
Additional Admissions Requirements
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 licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE Accredited program.
- Master’s degree in nursing (non-clinical 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 and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
- Completion of written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interests, and desired practice career.
- Completed an approved statistical methods course within 5 years of enrollment in the designated research course within the DNP program coursework.
- 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.