The practice doctorate in nursing supports nursing education at the highest level of preparation for advanced practice nurses including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists as well as nurse leaders practicing at an advanced level. Practice doctorates have been awarded in many fields such as medicine, pharmacy physical therapy, and dentistry for many years. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has proposed that the entry level education for all advanced practice nurses should be the DNP by 2015. See more information at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp.
The Post-MSN pathway is an online program offering 8 week courses. Students in the Post-MSN program will need to attend a total of three residential intensives. The first intensive will be required at the beginning of the first semester; orientation will also be held at this time. Student will complete synchronous, online practicum courses requiring practicum hours. (Note: The practicum hours may be completed in the student's locale pending state and institutional approvals.)
The Post-BSN DNP/FNP pathway is a residential program offering campus-based courses at Liberty University and practicum within the state of Virginia. Students also enroll in online courses and attend three residential intensives. The first intensive will be required at the beginning of the first semester; orientation will also be held at this time.
The DNP program is available to student from many states and some student can complete practicum hours in their home state, pending state approvals. All prospective students are advised to contact their state board of nursing to inquire about completing practicum hours in-state while enrolled in an out-of-state program prior to applying to the DNP program. NOTE: The Post-BSN DNP/FNP program is only available in the state of Virginia, as this program is only offered in residence.
The Post-MSN DNP program can be completed in two years as a full-time, year-round student. The Post-BSN DNP/FNP program can be completed in three years as a full-time, year-round student.
No, at this time, we are requiring that students commit to attending the DNP program as full-time, year-round students.
The deadline for DNP applications is July 1st for consideration into following Fall cohort. Applicants are strongly recommend to apply well before the deadline. We accept students into the DNP program annying each Fall. The first cohort for the Post-MSN and Post-BSN pathways will be accepted for Fall 2014.
Students may apply to the DNP programs through an online application process. More information can be found on the Admissions Requirements webpage.
Students will be notified by July 15th regarding acceptance status for the following Fall semester.
No, all accepted students will be required to complete the background check through American Databank. More information about this process, including costs and procedures, will be provided to the accepted students.
The intial application process does not require a drug screen or FBI finger printing. However, once accepted into the program, all students must complete these requirements prior to beginning practicum. Additional requirements may also be required by individual sties.
No, students must apply each year. Students are evaluated for admission individually and against the applicant pool annually.
Each student has unique personal roles and responsibilities. Students are strongly encouraged to review their responsibilities and roles prior to applying to the DNP program. Adjustment in work schedule or other responsibilities may be required to support dedicated full-time stuy and the completion of practicum hours.
All DNP students are required to complete 1000 hours post-BSN as a requirements for the DNP degree, as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).*
The Post-MSN DNP program will require 560 hours of practicum.*
The Post-BSN DNP/FNP program prepares family nurse practitioners in additional to completion of the requirements of the DNP. This track will require students to complete over 1150 hours. (It is expected that student who are completing a nurse practitioner program will complete a minimum of 500 hours towards their clinical practicum and 500 hours towards their DNP practicum.) Students enrolled in a family practice track require exposure to additional hours to expand experience across the lifespan.
* Students holding a M.S.N. will be required to submit a practicum verification form as part of the admission process. This form documents the practicum hours earned in their graduate program. The Nursing Department will review any hours completed in a graduate program in consideration for fulfilling the AACN's requirements of earning a total of 1,000 post-BSN practicum hours. Additional practicum hours may be required.
Yes, students are required to find their own preceptors. The Liberty University Nursing Department offers the support of a Practicum Coordinator to assist students in completing all practicum requirements. This includes the approval process of preceptors and practicum sites.
To obtain answer to specific question or arrange a phone conference, please email DNP@liberty.edu.