Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Kentucky.
Full List of Programs
Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Bellarmine University can choose from two available tracks - Advanced Nursing Practice or Executive Leadership Focus. The DNP curriculum (for both tracks) covers a wide range of topics relevant to the current practice and understanding of the field. Following are some of the topics included in the program: advanced statistics, clinical informatics, domestic and global health policy, health care economics and financing, quality improvement and patient safety, and research and evidence-based practice. All students are required to complete a practice immersion and residency experience which culminate in a capstone project.
BSN required for:
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University offers an online post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The practice-focused curriculum includes courses in: Organizational Leadership, Public Health Policy, Informatics in Healthcare Delivery, and Theory Application for Doctor of Nursing Practice. An individualized program of study is created for each student based on his or her background, professional interests, and career goals. All students must complete a capstone project in order to graduate from the program. The capstone project gives students the opportunity to translate or apply their evidence-based research in the implementation of a project to improve health outcomes in rural communities. Eastern Kentucky University's DNP program is CCNE-accredited.
Frontier Nursing University
Candidates who wish to pursue the Post-Master's DNP program at Frontier Nursing University must hold national certification in a Nurse Practitioner specialty area (Adult, Family, Geriatric-Adult, Geriatric, pediatric, psychiatric mental health, and women's health care). Certified Nurse-Midwife certification holders may also be considered for the DNP program. The DNP degree is designed to be pursued as a full-time program and is available online. However, students are required to attend two three-day on-campus experiences - the orientation at the beginning of the program, and the capstone presentation during a student's final term. The university also offers a new DNP program for nurses who wish to become nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners and who do not yet hold an MSN degree.
Murray State University
The post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Murray State University has two areas of specialization - Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthetist. Both are offered as full-time programs designed to be completed within three years. Applicants to the FNP-DNP program must have at least one year of experience as an RN. Applicants to the Nurse Anesthetist DNP program must have at least two years of RN experience in a critical care setting, as well as current PALS and ACLS. Murray State University also offers a two-year, part-time post-master's DNP program. The curriculum includes coursework in: Leadership/Management of Systems/Quality Patient Safety, Principles of Epidemiology, and Evidence-Based Practice. The university's DNP program is accredited by the CCNE until June 2019.
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northern Kentucky University can pursue the program entirely online. The program can be completed with seven semesters of part-time study. The university's DNP program places an emphasis on leadership and prepares graduates for careers as nurse executives or advanced practice nurses. Students who are interested in a career as nurse educators may need to take additional courses in curriculum development and educational principles. The DNP curriculum includes coursework in topics such as the following: Leadership in Organizations and Systems, Economics and Financial Aspects of Healthcare, Epidemiology, and Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Applicants must hold a Master of Science in Nursing and an unencumbered RN license to be considered for the program.
University of Kentucky
The BSN-DNP program at the University of Kentucky is delivered in a hybrid format and can be completed with three years of full-time study. However, students have the option of pursuing the program on a part-time basis. The program offers the following specialties: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and Population and Organizational Systems. The MSN-DNP option can be completed with two years of full-time study and is also delivered in a hybrid format. Coursework includes: Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems, Evaluation for Improvement of Clinical Practice and Outcomes, and Strategic Analysis for Quality Improvement in Nursing and Healthcare. The program is accredited by the CCNE until 2022.
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
The CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Western Kentucky University has a post-baccalaureate program that can be pursued either on a full-time (three years) or part-time (five years) basis. This program offers Family Nurse Practitioner as a specialty track. The BSN to DNP program is offered on-site with both weekday and weekend classes available. Western Kentucky University also has a post-master's DNP program for nurse practitioners with current APN certification, as well as nurse administrations with MSN degrees. The MSN to DNP program has online components but is offered primarily on-site. The curriculum includes coursework in advanced epidemiology, evidence-based practice, healthcare technology, and biostatics for healthcare professionals.