The post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses for innovative health leadership and advanced nursing practice at local and system-wide levels. Drawing on a transcultural nursing foundation, the DNP curriculum embraces integrative healthcare and holistic nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on maximizing health within populations and communities through peaceful, just and collaborative actions across care settings and cultures, focusing on eliminating health inequities locally and globally. As a post-master’s program, the DNP builds upon the strengths of the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) program and prepares nurses for advanced leadership and practice roles in Transcultural Nursing (TCN) and Holistic Nursing.
Graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program are prepared to:
- Negotiate the complexity of multicultural care settings and care systems to eliminate health inequities among populations and communities
- Challenge conventional knowledge about illness through an ecological approach to social determinants of health
- Lead change through building coalitions with marginalized people that are based on mutuality and common cause
The program is structured in a modified cohort model. One cohort a year will be admitted to begin in the fall term. Most students will take courses on a part-time basis as one didactic offering, one practicum, and one seminar each semester. As a part-time student, completion of the program is expected to take 32 months, including completion of the capstone project.
The DNP curriculum is organized into 33 semester credits comprised of didactic classes, experiential practica, and seminars, with a capstone project completing the degree. As a practice doctorate, the emphasis is on building leadership and practice skills in knowledge application among diverse population groups. The goal is to improve health and decrease health inequities that lead to unnecessary morbidity and mortality in communities.
A total of six didactic courses (18 semester credits) constitute the DNP program. One course equals three semester credits. Courses are taught in an immersion model two days a month—eight hours of class time the first day and four hours the subsequent morning, followed by an afternoon seminar.
Class attendance is expected and should be considered a key responsibility, not only to one’s self, but to one’s classmates and the course instructor. Classes are held on Augsburg’s campus in Minneapolis and in Rochester, MN, at Bethel Lutheran Church (810 3rd Ave SE) the location of Augsburg’s branch campus. Video conferencing is used for some of the classes, however, students must be prepared to drive to Rochester and/or Minneapolis for class at least once per semester. If weather is inclement, video conferencing is used.
Practica are organized to give flexibility and individual choice to students to support their increasing independence and depth of practice experience at the doctoral level. Students select practicum experiences that are either structured immersions in a variety of cultural contexts led by nursing faculty or that are student initiated and individually directed experiences mentored by nursing faculty.
In a 15-week semester, practicum hours are computed as follows:
- 1 semester credit hour = 45 clock hours of practicum time per semester
- 2 semester credit hours = 90 clock hours of practicum time per semester
- 3 semester credit hours = 135 clock hours of practicum time per semester
To earn the DNP, students must complete a total of 1,000 practicum hours in their Master’s and DNP programs. Students will be allowed to transfer up to 600 practicum hours from their master’s in nursing into the Augsburg DNP. As such, all students will register for at least nine semester credits of practica.
Seminars focus on integration of conceptual learning with field practice developing the student’s particular practice interest. Students are required to participate in a doctoral seminar every semester —fall and spring—until completion of the DNP degree. Cohorts of students who enter the DNP program together progress as a group in the seminars in which they enroll each term. The final seminar culminates in the project presentation and completion of the requirements for the DNP degree. As such, students enroll in 6 semester credits during the DNP program – a seminar every term until completion.
Final DNP Capstone Project
Final DNP capstone projects must make a significant impact on nursing practice and health outcomes of populations and communities, demonstrate an evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge, and be suitable for presentation or publication in a peer-reviewed venue. Through this scholarly project students demonstrate leadership in synthesizing and applying scientific knowledge to practice challenges in local and/or system wide contexts of care.
Students should begin working on their DNP capstone projects in the early stages of the DNP program and continue throughout. This scholarly project is planned in collaboration with a major faculty advisor.
Admission to the DNP
Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must have:
- An earned master’s degree in nursing from a regionally-accredited institution
- A GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 grading scale in master’s in nursing program
- A current unencumbered RN license to practice in the US.
- Evidence of a completed graduate research course
- Evidence of up-to-date immunizations
- Satisfactory results of a certified federal criminal background check
Decisions about admission to the program will be made on an individual basis. Selection of candidates will be made on the basis of an evaluation of the following items for each applicant:
- A three-page typed, double-spaced essay demonstrating ability to write in a thoughtful, coherent manner
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Educational Services.)
- Three professional references
- An interview with program faculty
The number of applicants admitted to the DNP program will be limited and based on availability of faculty members who share a student’s practice interests and goals. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
Applicants who have graduated from a foreign nursing program, should submit their coursework for validation to the World Education Service (WES) and have the reports sent directly to Augsburg College. Additionally, internationallyeducated applicants may request the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) (www.cgfns.org/) to forward their educational credentials report to the Minnesota State Board of Nursing. Once their credentials are verified, applicants must apply for licensure and demonstrate successful passing of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Nurses who have previously submitted CGFNS credential verification in a state other than Minnesota, who have passed the NCLEX, will be considered for admission and must meet the same residency requirements expected of all students. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of earning a minimum score of 95 out of a possible 120 (or 250 if previous version was taken) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). See Graduate Admissions for more information.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which has accredited the Master of Arts in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs at Augsburg. Augsburg is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Augsburg is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For a complete list of Augsburg’s accreditations, approvals, and memberships, see the listing in the Accreditation, Approvals, and Memberships section.