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:
- Integrate theoretical and scientific underpinnings of nursing and other disciplines to address emerging healthcare and practice issues.
- Engage in health policy at all levels to influence healthcare delivery concerns, such as health disparities, cultural sensitivity, ethics, access to care, health finance, and quality of care.
- Employ evidence-based practice and advanced clinical judgment to comprehensively assess, design, and deliver care for individuals across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate leadership at the organizational and/or systems level to address health outcomes of individuals and populations though evidence-based initiatives.
- Utilize advanced nursing knowledge and information systems/technology related to clinical prevention and health promotion to address gaps in healthcare.
- Collaborate with the interprofessional team in the translation, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of evidence-based practice to improve healthcare outcomes.
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 student services and programs for graduate student engagement.
Available Options for Graduate Degrees
|Doctor of Nursing Practice
||B.S. to D.N.P.
Additional Admission 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 Bachelor’s 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 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 and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
- Completion of a written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interest 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 DNP specialty, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.
- Applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another college or university must submit a letter to the College of Nursing indicating their reason for leaving that said program. A letter of recommendation must also be submitted to the College of Nursing from the dean/director of their former program that includes the applicant’s standing in that program upon exit.