Rhode Island DNP Programs

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Rhode Island DNP Programs

Those who are currently working as a nurse, or are interested in pursuing a nursing career in the future, may want to look into the possibility of obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This degree is meant to help students gain a greater understanding of the financial, ethical, and administrative procedures that go into the medical profession, as well as the how to provide highest possible level of clinical care. DNP programs in Rhode Island better prepare nurses to take on new challenges and managerial roles in various healthcare departments.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The University of Rhode Island is the only school in the state of Rhode Island that offers a DNP program. At the University of Rhode Island, there are separate DNP programs for an individuals who have obtained an MSN degree, and individuals who have obtained a BSN degree. The program features the following specializations:

  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Gerontological nurse practitioner
  • Gerontological clinical nurse specialist
  • Psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist

This program is 42 credits, and a full-time student is expected to take 9 credits per semester.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the DNP program with a BSN degree, an individual must:

  • Be admitted to the graduate school
  • Have at least a GPA 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Have completed the MAT or GRE with a satisfactory score
  • Have a BSN degree from an accredited program
  • Be eligible for RN licensure in Rhode Island
  • Have at least 2 years of clinical nurse experience
  • Have passed a basic statistics course
  • Have goals that align with the goals of the program

In order to be admitted to the DNP program with an MSN degree, an applicant must:

  • Have at least a 3.3 QPA
  • Submit two scholarly papers (one theoretical and one empirical)
  • Have achieved certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Be licensed as an RN
  • Submit evidence of graduate course work in concept development and theory
  • Two letters of reference
  • Have goals that align with the goals of the program
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45 Upper College Road
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Rhode Island Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (RI)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Rhode Island DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Rhode Island DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Rhode Island, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Rhode Island educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Rhode Island Board of Nursing and Professional Regulation to find out more about how Rhode Island recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Rhode Island schools current DNP program and prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Rhode Island Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Rhode Island, more and more Rhode Island higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Rhode Island to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Rhode Island nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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