2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 19, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) (Post Masters to D.N.P. - NP, CRNA, CNS, and CNM)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
E-mail: SDSU.gradnursing@sdstate.edu

Program Information

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.

Program Outcomes

  • 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.

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 student services and programs for graduate student engagement.

The program is open to registered nurses with a Master’s Degree in nursing with CNP, CRNA, CNS, and CNM.  The program is designed for part-time study (including summers), and requires 28-36 course credits. The program is delivered through an executive delivery model in Sioux Falls that includes online components.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Nursing Practice Post Masters to D.N.P. 28-36 Credits

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 (who possess current certification as a Nurse Practitioner, CRNA, CNM or CNS) must have:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • 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 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, Advanced Life Support certification specific to chosen APRN specialty, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.

General Requirements

Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Requirements .

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