BSN to DNP Programs in Nebraska

A registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who wants more from their career and sees themselves in advanced nursing positions could benefit from a BSN to DNP program. Students can choose from a variety of schools on Nebraska to earn this degree and continue their education. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Clarkson College

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) program at Clarkson College in Omaha is designed to build on the basic nursing knowledge RNs gained during their BSN program and provide them with the clinical skills and knowledge needed for advanced practice registered nurse roles. The program offers two specialization options: adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. There are options for full- or part-time study to accommodate a student's work schedule.

Creighton University

The BSN to DNP program at Omaha's Creighton University offers six specialization options, five nurse practitioner tracks and a leadership program in clinical systems administration. These programs require 2,000 clock hours of practical experience and are a hybrid of online classes and campus visits.

Nebraska Methodist College

Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha offers a BSN to DNP program that prepares nurses to work with specific patient groups and prepares them for specific certification options, like the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification, or Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. These programs are primarily online, with three-day intensives that occur each summer of the program.

University of Nebraska Medical Center

The University of Nebraska Medical Center offers a BSN to DNP program that generally takes 3-4 years to complete the required 66-70 credit hours. This program has eight specialization options including family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and nurse leader/executive.

School NamePrograms OfferedTuition (2019-2020)
Clarkson College BSN to DNP (online) $839 per credit hour*
Creighton University BSN to DNP (online) $900 per credit hour*
Nebraska Methodist College BSN to DNP (online) $793 per credit hour*
University of Nebraska BSN to DNP (online) $592 per credit hour (resident); $1,069 per credit hour (out-of-state)*

Sources: *School websites

How to Earn a BSN to DNP

A BSN to DNP program is a terminal degree program that can be completed in 3-5 years, depending on their specialization and whether one chooses a full-time or part-time program. The course requirements may vary, depending on the professional track a student chooses, but common courses include bio statistics, evidence-based practice, and a capstone.

Biostatistics

In a biostatistics course, students learn about the statistical methods used to conduct and analyze healthcare research. This information is vital to understanding the results of public health investigations. Topics that might be included in this course include probability distributions, different ways to test hypotheses, and use of statistical software. Students can gain experience in analyzing and applying evidence based practices with data to focus on potential patterns of illnesses or injuries.

Evidence-Based Practice

This is often a seminar-based course that looks at the theories, concepts and methods involved in using scientific evidence as a professional nurse. Students can explore how the changes in evidence-based practice might have economic, cultural, and political impacts on specific populations. Individuals in this course could learn about research-supported strategies that go into evidence-based practices. They'll learn how to design and evaluate different research projects, and get experience measuring evidence from these projects.

Healthcare Finance

The economics of healthcare can be complicated, and this course is meant to give students an idea of everything that goes into managing medical finances. Students learn about resource allocation, pricing decisions, budgeting and how to use Excel and all its functions. This course can give students foundational knowledge of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, and how those things affect healthcare financing. Students may also learn about policy and program development and the relationship to clinical practice.

Leadership

One of the many tasks of a nursing administrator is to lead their teams. Classes in leadership introduce BSN to DNP students to leadership styles and organizational cultures. Students may be asked to explore how unusual ideas and changes in behavior can come together to create results in an organization. Some of these leadership courses explore the areas of health systems transformation, patient-centered transformation, and self-transformation.

DNP Scholarly Project or Capstone

All of these programs require that students complete a project that shows what they've learned and how they interpret and apply the theoretical learning. Depending on the school, these may be called capstone courses or a scholarly project. Often, the project is designed to provide information on a problem that might affect a specific population. A literature review is typically part of this course.

BSN to DNP Admission Requirements

In addition to the BSN degree, applicants to these programs must have a current Nebraska registered nurse license. Many programs also require completion of a specific number of clinical hours before applying to a graduate level nursing program. Often, schools require that applicants have a minimum grade point average in their undergraduate studies, such as a 3.0 or higher, and must have completed specific prerequisite courses, such as statistics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, or pathophysiology. Applicants must submit multiple letters of recommendation, as well as proof of immunizations and a criminal background check.

Students seeking a BSN to DNP program in Ohio have four schools to choose from. These programs are designed to help current RNs prepare for leadership or advanced practice roles and are available in full-time, part-time, online, and hybrid formats.

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