Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

School of Nursing

Administration

Deanna C. Britt, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Nursing
Professor of Nursing

Shanna Akers, R.N., A.D.N., B.S.N., M.S.N./M.B.A., Ed.S., Ed.D., CNE
Associate Dean, School of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Sharon J. Kopis, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., Ed.D., CNE, FNP-C
Chair of DNP Program
Professor of Nursing

Kimberly Little, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., CNE
Chair of MSN Program
Associate Professor of Nursing


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster.  There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty.  The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=25 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
In accordance to the missions of the University and the School of Nursing, the purpose of the Nursing Graduate Programs is to prepare nursing leaders, nurse educators, and advanced practice nurses to transform the nursing profession through character development, leadership, and scholarship. Grounded in Biblical values, the Nursing Graduate Programs focus on the care of the whole person; body, mind, and spirit.

As a condition of Liberty’s Certificate of Approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Nursing:

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov


Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

PURPOSE
Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing program is founded on a Christian worldview and designed to prepare competent men and women in the field of nursing education and nursing administration. The program prepares students as nurse educators and faculty members in schools of nursing, and nurse administration/leaders. Graduates are equipped with the critical thinking skills, leadership, and knowledge needed to promote the profession of nursing through clinical practice, teaching, research, program development and implementation, and scholarship

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice (AACN/CCNE I, IV, NLN 7, ANA-Admin. 10, 13, 15).
  2. Influence nursing practice by integrating policy criteria and advocacy skills (AACN/CCNE VI, NLN 8, ANA-Admin. 16).
  3. Employ quality improvement, safety standards, and outcomes management to support best practices in nursing (AACN/CCNE III, IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 7).
  4. Collaborate with members of interprofessional teams to promote culturally competent population health care and clinical prevention in a variety of settings (AACN/CCNE VII, VIII, ANA-Admin 5b, 10, 11).
  5. Utilize innovative health care technologies in a variety of practice settings (AACN/CCNE V, NLN1, ANA-Admin. 14).
  6. Apply Christian Worldview and ethical decision making to Advanced Nursing Practice (LU mission, AACN/CCNE IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin 12).
  7. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of professional practice and educational settings (AACN/CCNE II, IX, NLN 5, 8, ANA-Admin. 3, 15).

Nursing Administration Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to direct health care systems delivery of nursing services and professional practice (ANA-Admin. 5c, 11, 10).
  2. Provide health care systems management utilizing the nursing process* to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resource management and evaluation of outcomes (ANA-Admin. 1-6, 14).
  3. Utilize evidence to create a culture of safety and quality based on nursing values, advocacy, current nursing practice, legal ethical and regulatory compliance (ANA-Admin. 7, 8, 9, 12).
    *Assessment, diagnosis/data analysis, outcomes identification, planning, implementation, and outcomes evaluation.

Nurse Educator Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Design nursing curricula that reflects student learning needs, innovative teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes that support a positive learning environment (NLN competencies 3 and 4).
  2. Construct a learning environment based on educational theory and evidence-based practice which promotes individual learner needs (NLN competency 1).
  3. Demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities in creating a learning environment that supports individual goals and diverse student needs (NLN competency 2).

ACCREDITATION
The Master of Science in Nursing program at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

CERTIFICATION
The Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator Concentration may meet the educational requirements of the National League of Nursing’s Nurse Educator Certification. The Nurse Administration concentration may meet the educational requirements of the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Nurse Executive/ Nurse Executive Advanced Certification.

Note:  Certification and eligibility requirements are changed periodically by credentialing bodies and are out of the control of the academic institution.  Credentialing bodies such as the National League of Nursing and the American Nurse Credentialing Center make the final determination to sit for any exams they may offer.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
All policies and procedures for admission to graduate programs as stated in this Catalog apply unless otherwise stated.  The following criteria are established to encourage applications from qualified students who are highly motivated, self-directed, and academically competent to ensure selection of individuals who possess abilities that will enable them to successfully pursue graduate study in nursing. Each applicant must submit documentation to the Office of Graduate Admissions [gradadmissions@liberty.edu] that addresses the following criteria:

  1. Graduate of a nationally accredited nursing program/school or its equivalent.  Accrediting bodies include: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.  Non-B.S.N. applicants with an RN license may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the following undergraduate bridge courses: NURS 225, Research in Nursing; NURS 440, Strategies for Community Health; NURS 445 Population Health NURS 490, Leadership/Management in Nursing and NURS 491 Nursing Management. Bridge courses are not a prerequisite to admission into the M.S.N. program, but must be completed within the first year of admission to the M.S.N. program. 
  3. Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment are required. For those who did not complete these courses in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill these requirements during the first two semesters of the M.S.N. program and must complete a undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate nursing research course prior enrollment in NURS 500, Research; the undergraduate course for health assessment must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in NURS 505, Advanced Health/Physical Assessment.
  4. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00. 
  5. Nurses educated outside of the United States must submit the following documentation in order to be considered for admission:
    1. Proof of valid and current RN licensure based on review by the Commission on Graduates for Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International [+1(215) 222-8454)] (must hold a valid registered nurse license issued in one of the fifty States.  See #6.)
    2. Pass the NCLEX Readiness Exam (offered by the CGFNS)
    3. Undergraduate transcript evaluation report from the World Education System (WES) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This evaluation is required to determine equivalency of the applicant’s nursing and baccalaureate degrees to nursing education programs offered by schools in the U.S.
  6. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test). Additionally, the School of Nursing will require a TOEFL score for all students education outside of the United States regardless of the nursing degree obtained.
  7. Current registered nurse license in good standing without any sanctions or restrictions, actual or pending issued in one of the fifty United States.
  8. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  9. Must have one year of nursing practice as a registered nurse.
  10. All students must be fully admitted into the MSN program to enroll in classes.
  11. Nurse Educator: NURS 617, 618, 619, 620; and Nursing Administration: NURS 623, 624, 625, 626 require a practicum, which must be completed within the United States.
  12. One Recommendation from a Nurse Manager or Faculty.

EVALUATION OF TRANSFER CREDITS
With approval from the School of Nursing Graduate Faculty Committee, students may transfer up to two graduate-level courses (total of six credit hours) from an appropriately accredited institution.  In order to transfer credit hours, the student must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and the courses must have been completed within five years of the start date of the program.  Students may receive transfer credit for graduate courses that were required for another completed master’s degree.  No correspondence or life experience study will be accepted for credit in the M.S.N. program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Science in Nursing offers nurse educator and nurse administration concentrations. With faculty guidance students develop a program of study and practicum that reflects their nursing education or administrative interests. Full and part-time options are available. Each student should obtain an up-to-date copy of the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook (available online at Liberty University’s M.S.N. website), for information about matriculation and progression in the M.S.N. program. The application information and forms are also available online.

PRACTICUM REQUIREMENTS
Documentation that verifies  current American Heart Association CPR card immunization status (i.e., measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), tuberculosis (TB) testing, Varicella titer or immunity, Hepatitis B & Influenza), HIPAA and Bloodborne Pathogens, a Criminal Background Check, and 10 Panel Drug Screen must be submitted prior to students enroll in courses that include a practicum component. Additional requirements may be requested by the student-selected practicum facility sites.  Students are responsible to assume all costs associated with practicum requirements.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 42 hours.
  2. A minimum of 36 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. 3.0 GPA.
  5. No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree.
  6. The course repeat policy may be applied to one course only. Students will have the option to repeat one course if they earn a grade of C (or C+/C-).
  7. Students who receive more than one C+/C/C- are automatically dropped from the program. Any D (or D+/D-) grade or below results in dismissal from the program without an option to repeat the course.
  8. Liberty coursework more than 5 years old must be repeated.
  9. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  10. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  11. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the final semester.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for the Master of Science in Nursing program are available online from the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Programs of Study

(M.S.N.) Master of Science in Nursing (42 hrs) Nursing Administration Concentration
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (15 hrs) 1
NURS 500 Research 2 3
NURS 501 Health Policy and Ethics 3
NURS 502 Nursing Theory and Advanced Practice 3
NURS 503 Managing Population Health 3
NURS 521 Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology 3
Nurse Administration Concentration Courses (27 hrs)
BUSI 610 Organizational Design and Structure 3
BUSI 642 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management 3
NURS 523 Financial and Resource Management for Nurse Leaders 3
NURS 524 Systems Management and Leadership for Nurse Leaders 3
NURS 623 Nursing Administration I: The Role of the Nurse Administrator 3*
NURS 624 Nursing Administration II: Organizational Leadership and Management 3*
NURS 625 Nursing Administration III: Management of Resources 3*
NURS 626 Nursing Administration IV: Nursing Administration Capstone 3*
Choose an elective from all 500-600 level graduate courses for which the prerequisite has been met 3
Note: Students are responsible for meeting all program and course prerequisites found in the Graduate Catalog.
*NURS 623, 624, 625 and 626 involve practicum hours [Nurse Administrator - 200 hours]. Students must obtain a preceptor site contract along with an approved MSN or doctorally prepared nurse leader preceptor. Students must also complete all pre-practicum requirements prior to enrollment in any practicum course.

Students with RN license and bachelors degree in a discipline other than Nursing must take NURS 225, 440, 445, 490 and 491 within the first year of the program.

Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment (e.g.-NURS 210) are required. For those who did not complete these courses in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill these requirements during the first two semesters of the M.S.N. program. Students must complete the statistics course prior to enrollment in NURS 500.

(M.S.N.) Master of Science in Nursing (42 hrs) Nurse Educator Concentration
Program Options: Online Format
Core Courses (15 hrs) 1
NURS 500 Research 3*
NURS 501 Health Policy and Ethics 3
NURS 502 Nursing Theory and Advanced Practice 3
NURS 503 Managing Population Health 3
NURS 521 Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology 3
Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 hrs)
NURS 504 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 505 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment 3*
NURS 506 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
Nurse Educator Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
NURS 600 Evaluation Strategies for Nurse Educators 3
NURS 617 Nurse Educator I: Advanced Clinical Applications 3**
NURS 618 Nurse Educator II: Teaching Strategies 3**
NURS 619 Nurse Educator III: Curriculum Development 3**
NURS 620 Nurse Educator IV: Role of the Nurse Educator 3**
Choose an elective from all 500-600 level graduate courses for which the prerequisite has been met 3
Note: Students are responsible for meeting all program and course prerequisites found in the Graduate Catalog.
*Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment are required. For those who did not complete these courses in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill these requirements during the first two semesters of the M.S.N. program. Students must complete the statistics course prior to enrollment in NURS 500 and the health assessment prior to enrollment in NURS 505.
**NURS 617, 618, 619 & 620 involve practicum hours [Nurse Educator-200 hours]. Students must obtain a practicum site contract along with an approved MSN or doctorally prepared nurse educator preceptor. Students must also complete pre-practicum requirements prior to enrollment in any practicum course.

Students with RN license and bachelors degree in a discipline other than Nursing must take NURS 225, 440, 445, 490 and 491 within the first year of the program.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Liberty University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice roles with a commitment to Christian ethical standards to transform healthcare through leadership and clinical practice.

ACCREDITATION
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a competitive process. The applicants who meet the admission requirements are not guaranteed acceptance. The program has two pathways, Post BSN DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and Post MSN DNP.

Admission standards for Post - BSN DNP include:

  1. Complete a Graduate School Application form
  2. Graduate of a nationally accredited school of nursing (National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission) (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  3. Earned Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, or Master of Science Degree in Nursing (for students seeking DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner specialty certification.
  4. Current, unencumbered RN license issued in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please submit a copy of your RN license to luoverify@liberty.edu.
  5. (If applicable) Advanced practice license and associated certification. Advanced practice Licenses must be current and unencumbered and issued in Virginia. A copy of certification from must be also provided in addition to license.
  6. If past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.
  7. If student has an advanced practice certification: Verification of professional certification as an advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist) *Nurse Leaders may hold national certification in Nursing Administration, not required but preferred.
  8. GPA 3.0 or above in most current nursing program completed (BSN or MSN).
  9. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  10. Contact information for three recommendations: Academic-professor, Professional-physician or nurse manager, Personal-pastor, colleague or friend.
  11. Curriculum Vitae
  12. Two years professional nursing experience.
  13. Undergraduate statistics course.
  14. Undergraduate Research Methods course.
  15. Undergraduate health assessment course.
  16. Writing Sample (not to exceed 3,000) words – A document discussing introduction and world view, professional experience/ goals, and vision for professional practice including scholarly project.
  17. TOEFL if applicable.
  18. CPR Certification American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers with AED.
  19. Interview with nursing faculty (in person, telephone or electronic).
  20. Background check, drug and finger print screening.
  21. Immunization/Physical Exam Form.

Admission standards for Post – MSN DNP include:

  1. Complete a Graduate School Admission Application form.
  2. Graduate of a nationally accredited school of nursing (National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  3. Earned Master of Science Degree in Nursing, specialty in an advanced practice role-Family Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Leader.
  4. Current, unencumbered RN license issued in one of the fifty United States. Please submits a copy of you RN license to louverify@liberty.edu.
  5. Current, unencumbered APRN license issued in one of the fifty United States (if applicable). Please submit a copy of your APRN license to louverify@liberty.edu.
  6. If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.
  7. Verification of professional certification as an advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist) *Nurse Leaders may hold national certification in Nursing Administration, not required but preferred.
  8. GPA 3.0 or above in all previous graduate course work.
  9. Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  10. Contact information for one recommendation -professional/academic/personal.
  11. If advanced practice nurse must have a graduate level health assessment course, graduate level pathophysiology course and graduate level pharmacology course.
  12. Writing Sample (not to exceed 3000) words – A document discussing introduction world view, professional experience goals and vision for personal practice including scholarly project.
  13. Verification of practicum hours from graduate program director.
  14. TOEFL if applicable.
  15. CPR Certification American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers with AED
  16. An interview may be requested for selected applicants. Please note that not all applicants will be requested to interview with the school of nursing. Interviews can be conducted remotely, as needed.
  17. Background, drug and finger print screening
  18. Immunization/Physical Exam Form

 

Note: All students enrolled in both pathways must also hold current American Heart Association CPR certification, and complete a background check, physical examination and immunizations, OSHA training and HIPPA training and/or other requirements as designed by specific practicum sites.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate nursing science, theory research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice.
  2. Design effective health care environments to improve quality, cost-effectiveness and outcomes.
  3. Apply evidence and clinical scholarship to support clinical/systems decision making, policy and advocacy.
  4. Utilize information systems and technology to support decision-making and improve outcomes.
  5. Extend knowledge of clinical prevention, population health, and policy through application of evidence and collaboration with stakeholders and professionals.
  6. Apply evidence-based advanced clinical decision-making and culturally competent care to individuals, families and populations.
  7. Integrate the Christian World view into the delivery of care of diverse populations.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POST – BSN DNP

  1. Complete 78 hours.
  2. A minimum of 72 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. 3.0 GPA
  5. No Grades lower than a B may be applied to the degree.
  6. Successful completion of Comprehensive Exam.
  7. Successful completion of 1,232 Practicum hours.
  8. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  9. Submit Graduation application at the beginning of the final semester.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POST – MSN DNP

  1. Complete 41 hours.
  2. A minimum of 35 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. 3.0 GPA.
  5. No Grades lower than a B may be applied to the degree.
  6. Successful completion of 560 Practicum hours.
  7. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the final semester.

*Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requires all DNP students to complete at least 1,000 practicum hours post-BSN. Student must complete at least 560 DNP practicum hours, additional hours may be required to support the 1,000 hours post-BSN depending on the on the number of practicum hours considered from the MSN program.


Programs of Study

(D.N.P.) Doctor of Nursing Practice (41 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (27 hrs) 1
NURS 700 Advanced Nursing Research 3**
NURS 715 Theoretical Application for Advanced Practice Nursing 3+
NURS 716 Applications of Evidence-Based Care 3**
NURS 718 Informatics, Technology and Trends for Transforming Health Care 3**
NURS 721 Leadership, Policy and Ethics 3**
NURS 732 Interprofessional Collaboration and Outcomes Management for Quality in Health Care 3**
NURS 832 Clinical Prevention and Biostatistics 3**
NURS 834 Health Care Operations and Financial Management 3**
NURS 836 Translational Research in Health Care 3**
Project and Practicum Courses (14 hrs)
NURS 839 Proposal Development 2+
NURS 840 DNP Practicum I 2#^
NURS 841 DNP Practicum II 2#^
NURS 842 DNP Practicum III 2#^
NURS 843 DNP Practicum IV 2#^
NURS 844 DNP Practicum V 2 4#^
**Course offered in online format (NURS 700, 716, 718, 721, 732, 832, 834, and 836)
+Course offered as a residential intensive (NURS 715 and 839)
#Course offered in synchronous distant format (NURS 840, 841, 842, 843, and 844)
^Practicum hours required

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requires all DNP student to complete at least 1000 practicum hours post BSN. Students must complete at least 560 DNP program hours, additional hours may be required to support the 1000 hours post BSN depending on the number of practicum hours considered from the MSN program

Requires one week residential intensive in addition to practicum. NURS 844 may be repeated in order to allow the student more time to complete the required practicum hours. Students are able to re-enroll with the approval of the Nursing Department and enrollment must not exceed four times.

(D.N.P.) Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (78 hrs)
Program Option: Residential Format
Core Courses (27 hrs)
NURS 700 Advanced Nursing Research 3*
NURS 715 Theoretical Application for Advanced Practice Nursing 3**
NURS 716 Applications of Evidence-Based Care 3*
NURS 718 Informatics, Technology and Trends for Transforming Health Care 3*
NURS 721 Leadership, Policy and Ethics 3*
NURS 732 Interprofessional Collaboration and Outcomes Management for Quality in Health Care 3*
NURS 832 Clinical Prevention and Biostatistics 3*
NURS 834 Health Care Operations and Financial Management 3*
NURS 836 Translational Research in Health Care 3*
Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 hrs)
NURS 711 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology 3***
NURS 712 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners 3***,^
NURS 713 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners 3***
Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses (25 hrs)
NURS 730 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 2***,^
NURS 733 Women's Health 3***
NURS 734 Family Nursing I Acute Health 3***
NURS 735 Infant and Children's Health 3***
NURS 736 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 4***,^
NURS 737 Family Nursing II Chronic Health 3***
NURS 742 Nursing Seminar: Issues in Global Health 2***
NURS 820 Comprehensive Exam 1 ***
NURS 838 Family Nurse Practioner Practicum III 5***,^
Elective Course (3 hrs)
NURS 750 Spiritual Care 2 3*
Project and Practicum Courses (14 hrs)
NURS 839 Proposal Development 2**
NURS 840 DNP Practicum I 2^,^^
NURS 841 DNP Practicum II 2^,^^
NURS 842 DNP Practicum III 2^,^^
NURS 843 DNP Practicum IV 2^,^^
NURS 844 DNP Practicum V 3 4^,^^
*Course offered in online format (NURS 700, 716, 718, 721, 732, 750, 832, 834, and 836)
**Course offered as a residential intensive (NURS 715 and 839)
***Course offered in resident format (NURS 711, 712, 713, 730, 733, 734, 735, 736, 737, 742, and 838)
^Practicum hours required
^^Course offered synchronous distant format (NURS 840, 841, 842, 843 & 844)

Nursing Comprehensive Exam prerequisites: NURS 700, 711, 712, 713, 715, 716, 718, 721, 730, 732, 733, 734, 735, 736, 737, 742, 832, 834, 836, and 838

Choose NURS 750 or a doctoral level elective for which the prerequisites have been met

Requires one week residential intensive in addition to practicum. NURS 844 may be repeated in order to allow the student more time to complete the capstone project. Students are able to re-enroll with the approval of the nursing department and enrollment must not exceed four times.

Students who are interested in teaching nursing are encouraged to take the Nurse Educator Elective Sequence.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program are available online from the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.



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