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DNP Programs in Utah

Learn about the various Doctor of Nursing Practice programs that are available in Utah, as well as the program admissions requirements and common courses.

University of Utah

The University of Utah offers four types of nursing programs - a Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice for students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a Master of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice for students who have completed a Master of Science in Nursing program, a Post-Master of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice for practicing registered nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing, and a dual Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program for students who wish to be clinician-scientists. Available nursing tracks include Primary Care, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Neonatal, Nurse-Midwifery, Psychiatric/Mental Health, and Women's Health.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

The Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions offers a Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice online and a Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice on campus. The online program is designed for working adults, namely practicing registered nurses who have a Master of Science in Nursing and wish to advance their knowledge to work in leadership roles to change the healthcare system.

Weber State University

Weber State University offers a Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practice and a Post-Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership. The BSN-DNP program prepares students to give primary and specialty care and become experts in their fields, while the Post-Master's program prepares students with any master's degree in nursing, business administration, public health, or health administration to become nurses who can work in leadership roles to advocate for healthcare change at an administrative level.

Westminster College

Westminster College offers a Post-Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The program is designed for practicing registered nurses who want to advance their knowledge of advocacy, leadership, policy, and healthcare systems to the highest possible degree to provide care and change in the healthcare field.

School Name Programs Offered* Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of Utah *Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice
*Master of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice
*Post-Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice
*Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
$6,988 in-state
$24,665 out-of-state
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions *Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner)
*Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
$15,704
Weber State University *Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner)
*Post-Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice (Leadership)
$7,293 in-state
$16,293 out-of-state
Westminster College *Post-Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice $13,920

Source: *NCES

Admittance Requirements for a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Individuals wishing to apply to a doctor of nursing degree program will need to have a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher, and a current unencumbered RN license. Depending on the school and what area of nursing an individual chooses to specialize in, they may need to have completed specific physiology or pathophysiology courses. Additional application materials may include a resume/CV, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose.

How to Earn a DNP

Doctor of nursing practice programs can take two to three years of full-time study to complete. Common courses include healthcare ethics, epidemiology, and healthcare economics.

Healthcare/Nursing Ethics

Ethics courses in nursing practice programs teach students the standard ethics of nursing and the healthcare system. Students will explore evidence-based theories of changing healthcare systems. The courses also explore ethics in healthcare as they relate to decision making at an individual, organizational and systemic level. Students should come away from these courses with a broad knowledge and understanding of past and present ethical issues, as well as how to ethically practice nursing themselves.

Epidemiology

Epidemiology courses teach students about epidemiology as it pertains to health and healthcare. Students will learn about population health and clinical practice through the study of disease control, screening, and prevention. By the end, students should know how to test for, control and prevent the spread of diseases and other health problems in populations of many sizes.

Healthcare Economics

Courses on healthcare economics teach students the structure and finance of U.S. healthcare on a local, state, and national level. Students will study and evaluate past and present issues, ethics, and regulations of the healthcare system. Effective planning and decision-making for healthcare delivery are also explored. By the end of the program, students should know how the healthcare system operates from a financial perspective and understand strategies for improvement.

Many universities in Utah offer doctoral nursing practice degrees; an individual wishing to pursue a DNP must have a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, maintained a 3.0 GPA, and have an unencumbered RN license. DNP programs typically last 2-3 years, and epidemiology, ethics, and healthcare economics are common courses.