Post Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Advanced Practice DNP is a practice-focused doctorate in an advanced specialty of nursing practice, comparable to clinical doctorates in other health disciplines such as pharmacy, physical therapy, and medicine. The Advanced Practice MSN-DNP will give you the skills you need to excel in today's complex, challenging and ever-changing healthcare environment.
The E-DNP is a practice-focused doctorate for current nurse executives/administrators focusing on leadership and specifically designed in a flexible, hybrid format for the working professional. This program, which is based on the DNP core, offers specialized leadership courses and integrates the content throughout the students' immersion experiences in hospitals, healthcare systems and businesses.
The Advanced Practice DNP/PMHNP is the Advanced Practice DNP with a specialization focus in advanced practice psychiatric nursing for the non-psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who want the certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). This expanded MSN-DNP Program includes the didactic and clinical courses required to sit for the ANCC certification as a PMHNP.
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Dear Prospective Student,
The decision to pursue a doctoral degree is an exciting step in your career. At Fairfield, we offer a rigorous program with a personalized approach to education. The Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Fairfield University allows you to build on a specialized clinical focus as an advanced practice nurse or to investigate a systems-based practice concern that intrigues you as a nurse executive.
In choosing to earn a DNP, you'll be on the cutting edge of the profession. In 2004 members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the DNP as the preferred degree for advanced practice nursing.
A DNP education offers APRNs and Nurse Executives:
As a DNP student at Fairfield's Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, you'll be encouraged to achieve the highest level of advanced clinical nursing practice possible through course work, seminars, and tutorials as well as clinical experiences, immersion opportunities, and a scholarly DNP Project. As with all education at Fairfield, yours will be rigorous, experiential, and inspirational. You'll be expected to develop a broad and thorough understanding of the:
Feel free to explore the possibilities of a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Fairfield University on our website. Please contact me by e-mail to clarify any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you about your educational and career goals soon.
Joyce M. Shea DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Associate Dean and Post-Masters DNP Program Director
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Foundation Core Courses
DNP Core Courses
* A total of 1,000 practicum/immersion hours are required for the DNP.
In response to the overwhelming demand for mental health care today and frequent requests from non-psychiatric Nurse Practitioners for education in psychiatric-mental health care to better meet the needs of their clients, the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers an expanded MSN-DNP program that includes the didactic and clinical courses required to sit for ANCC certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Individuals who currently hold certification as a non-psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (e.g. FNP, ANP, PNP, etc.) and are interested in achieving additional certification as a PMHNP may apply to the Advanced Practice MSN-DNP program with a specialization focus in advanced practice psychiatric nursing.
Post Master's DNP
Advanced Practice DNP - Rolling until August 1
Executive DNP - Rolling until August 1
Nurse Anesthesia has a summer entry only.
All other programs are for fall entry only.
MSN applicants for the DNP must hold a master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher overall and in the nursing major. Advanced Practice candidates must be eligible for APRN licensure in the state of Connecticut. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
All DNP programs except Nurse Anesthesia
Students seeking admission must complete the following procedure. Submit:
Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.
Applicants who meet the above criteria will be invited in for an Admission interview.
For additional information, contact Office of Graduate Admission at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195; telephone: (203) 254-4184.
Measles and Rubella Immunization
Connecticut Law requires that students born after December 31, 1956 provide proof of immunization or titre for measles and rubella. This proof must be provided prior to course registration to the University Health Center.
Upon completion of the Fairfield University DNP program, graduates will possess the following competencies:
DNP graduates will be prepared to be practice leaders in a variety of roles, including:
At Fairfield, our dedicated faculty play a critical role in our student’s personal and moral development as healthcare providers. Meet the faculty and staff at The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.
What is the DNP?
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice-focused doctorate comparable to advanced clinical degrees in other health disciplines such as Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). The degree represents the highest academic preparation for nursing practice, focusing on expanded scientific knowledge related to providing comprehensive direct care across all settings. Grounded in clinical practice, the DNP moves the focus of advanced practice nursing from the level of the individual patient to the population level by using a cross-population perspective to assess, manage, and evaluate common problems.
Why a DNP?
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), safe nursing practice in today's increasingly complex health care system requires improved translation of scientific evidence into practice. With a DNP, you'll be able to assume a leadership role in an increasingly complex healthcare system during this critical era of healthcare reform.
The future of nursing rides on the DNP, and the shift in the industry is occurring right now. Members of AACN voted in 2004 to support advanced practice nursing at the doctoral level by 2015. This means that the DNP is the preferred degree for students wishing to be a nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), nurse midwife (CNM), or nurse anesthetist (CRNA). For more information on the DNP, visit AACN.
Why a DNP at Fairfield?
Fairfield University offers:
What is the difference between the PhD and the DNP?
The primary difference between the two is that a PhD is research-focused and the DNP is clinical-focused. The PhD is specifically designed to teach students how to conduct original investigation that advances the knowledge of a discipline. In contrast, a DNP is comparable to clinical doctorates in other health disciplines such as pharmacy, physical therapy, and medicine. DNP students focus on advanced practice areas of specialization, including nurse executives, acquiring a population perspective in addressing common patient problems within a specialty area. DNP students complete a final Project that applies existing knowledge to address a clinical problem. The DNP Project results in a publishable paper that demonstrates the effectiveness of a clinical innovation on patient outcomes.
Who can apply to the MSN to DNP program?
Nurses with a Masters degree are eligible to apply for the MSN to DNP students. Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Anesthetists should select the advanced practice track (ADNP). Other Masters-prepared nurses who currently hold leadership positions in healthcare are eligible to apply for the Executive MSN to DNP (EDNP) program. Please note that 1000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours are required for the DNP degree.
Can DNP students be part-time?
Yes, many of our students attend school part-time while working full-time, but we have both full-time and part-time curricular plans available.
What are the admission requirements for the DNP?
View the Fairfield's Egan School of Nursing admission requirements.
Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to apply?
No, the GRE exam is not required for admission to the Post-Masters’ Advanced Practice track or the Executive track. However, for applicants that have earned a GPA below 3.2, GRE scores may strengthen your application by demonstrating your ability to achieve the academic standards required at the doctoral level.
Who can I call if I have more questions about the Post-Masters DNP program?
Call or email Dr. Joyce Shea, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2575 for more information.