Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree for MSN-prepared registered nurses interested in pursuing advanced leadership roles in nursing practice. The goal of the DNP Program is to prepare graduates who provide quality healthcare to patients, families, and communities by assuming a leadership role in the healthcare system and are able to propose, implement, and evaluate evidence based changes.
The program requires 30 credit hours of DNP coursework. All courses are offered online. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical contact hours. This may include clinical hours taken during the student’s Master’s program not to exceed 500 hours. Clinical practice hours are individualized to assist the DNP student in meeting doctoral competencies. Hours may be completed at the student’s place of employment as long as the experiences differ from their work assignments and they do not receive any monetary compensation.
The planning, implementation, and evaluation components of evidence-based research in clinical practice are the scientific underpinnings of clinical scholarship. Clinical significance is as important in guiding practice as statistical significance is in evaluating research. The DNP project is designed as an evidenced-based experience and meets the criteria of the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.