Program Overview

  • Doctorate Degree
  • BSN to DNP
  • MSN to DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is considered the terminal degree for advanced nursing practice. Baptist University offers graduate nursing education for nurses who wish to pursue a career as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.

There are two program concentrations of study to choose from:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Acute Care Nurse Practitioners provide care for patients with unstable chronic, complex acute and critical conditions.
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Primary Care Nurse Practitioners focus on comprehensive, continuous care characterized by long term patient relationships.

Both programs of study prepare nurse practitioners to treat patients ages 16 and older.

Baptist University offers two pathways to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

  1. BSN to DNP, for the entrant into nurse practitioner education.
  2. Post-Master’s to DNP, for the currently credentialed nurse practitioner who desires an addition of second credential and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Baptist University offers both full-time and part-time options to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Completion time for the full-time program is three years, and four years for the part-time program. Applicants for the next admission cohorts are currently being accepted. The next admissions deadline for the BSN to DNP program is May 15, 2021.

The next admissions deadline for the Post-Master’s to DNP program is February 1, 2021.

Upon completion of the DNP degree, students will be prepared to sit for advanced nurse practitioner certification in their concentration.

 

DNP - ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Baptist University is a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. 

Acute care nurse practitioners focus on restorative care characterized by rapidly changing clinical conditions.  Provides care for patients with unstable chronic, complex acute and critical conditions.

BSN to DNP CURRICULUM

MSN to DNP CURRICULUM

DNP - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is a doctoral program with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Primary care nurse practitioners focus on comprehensive, continuous care characterized by a long term relationship between the patient and primary care NP. Provides primary care for most health needs and coordinates additional health care services.

BSN to DNP CURRICULUM

MSN to DNP CURRICULUM

Applying to the Program

Baptist Universityseeks academically well prepared, highly motivated graduate students who are interested in advanced practice careers in nursing. Admission is based on a variety of criteria including grade point averages, essay submissions and personal interviews. Special attention is given to the academic performance of the applicant’s most recently completed degree program in nursing. The GPA calculation for the most recently completed nursing program will be based only on those grades earned at the degree-granting institution. The performance in the basic sciences and math will also be considered in the selection process.

Admission to the College and Program:  The number of applicants admitted to the DNP program at Baptist University during any academic year may be limited.  Thus, the admission/selection process is competitive.  Minimum criteria for admission to Baptist University are specified; however, meeting the criteria in no way guarantees admission.  Students who do not meet the minimum criteria by the published deadlines will not be considered for admission. Nursing Graduate Applicants

DEADLINES

May 15: Post BSN to DNP final admissions deadline. Applicants who meet the admission criteria by May 15 will be considered for admission based on available openings.

February 1: Post MSN to DNP admission deadline. Applicants who meet the admission criteria by February 1 will be considered for admission based on available openings.

(DNP) The nurse applicant must:

  1. Have earned an entry-level degree culminating in either a Baccalaureate in Science of Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university or have earned an advanced practice Master of Science in Nursing Degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Have earned a total cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 grade-point scale) on all collegiate course work or have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 grade-point scale) during their entry-level nursing degree program.
  3. Submit final official transcripts from all colleges attended. 
  4. Be in good standing and eligible to return to any institution previously attended. 
  5. Registered Nurse applicants must hold an unencumbered Tennessee RN nursing license or have unencumbered authority to practice as an RN via multi-state privilege at the time of application. Accepted students must maintain an unencumbered RN license for the duration of the program of study.
  6. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse applicants must hold an unencumbered advanced practice nursing license at the time of application. Accepted students must maintain an unencumbered advanced practice license for the duration of the program of study.
  7. Complete two years of clinical nursing experience in an area appropriate to the selected specialty concentration prior to enrolling in the clinical courses. Students may apply for admission and take core courses while completing this requirement. For the acute care adult-gerontology practitioner concentration, one year of experience in caring for critically ill patients is desired. 
  8. Submit a current resume’/curriculum vitae outlining professional nursing accomplishments.
  9. Submit a written essay outlining the applicant’s professional goals, expectations and desired achievements from the program.
  10. Complete a faculty panel interview (may be done in person or virtual)
  11. Submit an admissions application with a $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
  12. Comply with the citizenship/residency requirement for all Baptist University applicants. (Refer to the Citizenship/Residency Requirement section).
  1. Upon acceptance to Baptist University, the applicant must submit the following:
    • $100.00 non-refundable enrollment deposit within 30 days of acceptance and is held in escrow and applied to the student’s first trimester of study.
    • Drug screen clearance
    • Criminal background check clearance.
    • Required immunizations.
    • Proof of Basic Life Support Certification for healthcare providers or Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Students are expected to maintain current certification throughout their enrollment in the program.

All DNP students are expected to attend a new student/program orientation. Dates for orientation will be sent by postal mail and email upon acceptance to the University.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have a few questions about the DNP program? Open the pdf below of frequently asked questions. If you need more clarification or have questions that we haven't covered, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions office at 901-575-2247 or toll free  866-575-2247;  Email address: admissions@bchs.edu.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Caring hands

Why DNP at Baptist University?

  • Faith-Based Atmosphere
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Special Relationship with Baptist Memorial Health Care System
  • Complete in 3 years, if desired.
  • Full-time and part-time options available.
  • BSN to DNP pathway
  • ​Post-​MSN to DNP pathway
    to add second APRN credential
DNP students walking in hallway
  • inpatient hospital (hospitalist)
  • intensive care (intensivist)
  • emergency department

Program Accreditation

The doctor of nursing practice degree program at Baptist Health Sciences University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791).

The doctor of nursing practice degree program has been granted initial approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (Health Related Boards 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243, 1-615-532-5166; tn.gov/health).

Technical Standards

NURSING TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR THE DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE STUDENT

The following technical standards outline reasonable expectations of a student enrolled in an Advanced Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice program for the performance of common advanced nursing functions:

Communication

Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, and the ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording and documenting patient information required. Ability to effectively maintain relationships, appropriate interactions and communicate of significant examination findings to other healthcare professionals, patients, and families are expected.

Analytical Skills/Critical Thinking

Analytical skills sufficient to appropriately assess and record subjective and objective findings, process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks. Critical thinking ability sufficient to accurately analyze alterations in functional patterns. Analytical skill sufficient for advanced use of the nursing process that includes: advanced level assessments, client counseling and education, appropriate prescriptive therapy, demonstration of self-care skills and evaluation of appropriate plans of action for diagnosed problems.   

Hearing

Auditory ability sufficient to appropriately assess and record a systematic, complete health history and physical examination on clients; monitor and assess patient needs; and detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.

Vision

Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary to appropriately assess and record a systematic, complete health history and physical examination on clients, and in the care of patients and operation of equipment.

Tactile

Tactile ability sufficient to conduct appropriate systematic and complete patient assessments and operation of equipment.

Mobility

Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Behavioral

Emotional and mental health stability and flexibility that allow for the establishment of therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to handle unique situations, stress, and strong emotions.

Program Goals

The goals for Doctor of Nursing Practice education at Baptist University are to prepare professional nurses for advanced nursing practice who:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in planning and health care delivery.
  • Provide multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical health indicators to promote high quality health care.
  • Develop and implement models of care and healthcare policies to effect desired change at different system levels.
  • Successfully pass the credentialing examination in their specific population foci.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice

The curriculum guiding the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) includes full-time and part-time options for academic study. The doctoral curriculum builds upon the baccalaureate nursing framework and essential competencies.  The doctoral curriculum includes the adult-gerontology acute care concentration with a total of 63 credit hours.  The program learning outcomes reflect the expected student learning outcomes for which the program is preparing its graduates.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Integrate nursing science with knowledge from the biopsychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Critically analyze complex clinical situations, organizational practices and systems to improve health care delivery and outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate advanced competencies in research utilization for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes and systems management.
  4. Use information systems and technology to advance practice and transform health care.
  5. Use effective collaborative skills in inter-professional practice to create change in health policy, patient outcomes, and health care delivery.
  6. Assume leadership roles in the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice approaches to improve health outcomes of diverse populations.
  7. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and scholarship in nursing practice.