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DNP-TCN Degree Requirements 2018-2019

The Transcultural Nursing Leadership track is a post-masters doctoral degree with an emphasis on transcultural nursing leadership. As a post-master’s program, the DNP-TCN track of study prepares nurses for advanced leadership and practice roles in Transcultural Nursing (TCN).


Within the framework of liberal arts education and guided by the values of the Lutheran Church, the post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, TCN Leadership track of study prepares nurses for advanced transcultural nursing leadership in communities in order to maximize health through peaceful, just, and collaborative actions that uphold and improve human potential across care settings and care systems, with emphasis on eliminating health inequities locally and globally.

Program Goals

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

Program Structure

The program is structured in a cohort model. One cohort a year will be admitted to begin in the fall term. Students can choose to take full or part-time study. Students taking full-time study take two didactic offerings, two seminars, and a practicum each semester. Students in full-time study can complete the post-master’s DNP-TCN curriculum in 20 months, including completion of the DNP project. Students selecting part-time study take one didactic offering, one seminar and a practicum each semester. As a part-time student, completion of the program is expected to take 32 months, including completion of the DNP project.

The DNP curriculum is organized into 33 semester credits comprised of didactic classes, experiential practica, and seminars, with a DNP 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.

Students graduating from the DNP-TCN track are eligible to apply to the Transcultural Nursing Certification Commission (TCNCC) for advanced certification in Transcultural Nursing.


A total of six didactic courses (18 semester credits) constitute the DNP program. One course equals three semester credits. The DNP courses (NUR 800 level), are taught in a variety of immersion models: one format is two days a month – eight hours of class time, followed by a half-day morning seminar. Other courses are offered in an immersion format of two days of class per semester with three half-day seminars. Some of the classes will incorporate Zoom technology.

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 an additional learning site in Rochester, MN, at Bethel Lutheran Church (810 3rd Ave SE). Video conferencing using Zoom technology is used for some of the classes and for distant students. However, students must be prepared to drive to Rochester and/or Minneapolis for class at least once per semester. If weather is inclement, Zoom technology 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 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 in the post-master’s DNP-TCN.

Study Abroad and Away

The Department of Nursing works closely with cultural guides and nurse mentors in various contexts of care in emerging care settings at home and abroad. The Center for Global Education and Experience is a partner with the Department of Nursing in developing and facilitating study abroad opportunities in Guatemala, Mexico, Namibia, Pine Ridge, SD, and England. Additional collaborative partners include the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) in Namibia. A detailed listing of practica and immersion experiences abroad and away can be found at the nursing website (


Seminars focus on integration of conceptual learning with field practice, developing the student’s particular practice interests. 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 usually progress as a group in the seminars in which they enroll each semester, depending on whether they are studying full-time or part-time. The final seminar (NUR 841) culminates in the DNP project presentation and completion of the requirements for the DNP degree.

Final DNP Project

Final DNP 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 projects in the early stages of the DNP program and continue throughout the program. The student’s scholarly project is planned in collaboration with a major faculty advisor.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.

Admission to the DNP-TCN

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice TCN 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
  • A current Curriculum Vitae

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 2-3 page professional essay responding to an excerpt from Wendell Berry’s essay, “Health in Membership.”
  • Applicants must submit an official transcript(s) from each regionally-accredited institution where a degree was earned, as well as from the most recently attended institution, if not the same.
    • Military veterans are required to submit all official transcripts from previously attended institutions to qualify for military benefits.
    • In the case where prerequisite requirements exist or transfer credits or waivers are sought, official transcripts are required from institutions at which the prerequisites or equivalents were completed.
    • The Program Director may ask for additional transcripts if determined to be necessary.
    • Three professional references
    • A successful, personal interview with Augsburg Nursing 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) or the National Association of Credential Evaluators (NACES) and have the reports sent directly to Augsburg University. Additionally, internationally-educated applicants may request the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) ( 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 score evidence from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report of 80 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) with a subscore of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections. See Graduate Admissions for more information. (

Academic Policies

Evaluation of academic performance in the DNP program will be based on letter grades. See detailed information in the Academic Programs and Policies

Attendance Policy

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. Instructors may lower grades if attendance and participation is lacking. Individual syllabi will contain individual instructors’ requirements. Because classes are held in Rochester and Minneapolis, students must prepare to drive to class at least once per semester.

Academic Probation and Dismissal Policies

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the DNP program. If a student falls below a 3.0 average, the student will be placed on probation for the following term. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average must be restored in order for a student to be removed from probation. If a student receives a grade of B- or less in a course, the student must petition successfully to the faculty of the DNP program before being allowed to continue in the program. A plan for the student to follow would be outlined at that time. If a second grade of B- or less is received, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Students may also be dismissed for behavior detrimental to the program, such as a gross violation of University policy as published in the Student Guide. Dismissal would occur only after established procedures were followed.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Augsburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For a complete list of Augsburg’s accreditations, approvals, and memberships, see the listing in the Accreditation, Approvals, and Memberships section.