The making of "Dr. Nurse"


The doctor of nursing practice degree is a two-year program open only to those who hold a master's degree in advanced-practice nursing. New York's Columbia University School of Nursing, one of the schools offering this degree, has a 40-credit-hour curriculum that includes a year-long residency.

1. Support core courses (19 credit hours):

  • Translation and synthesis of evidence for optimal outcomes
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Clinical genomics advanced seminar
  • Practice management
  • Informatics

2. Clinical core courses (11 credit hours):

  • Doctor of nursing practice I and IIv
  • Didacting and clinical
  • Chronic illness management.
  • Doctor of nursing practice I and II
  • Didactic and clinical
  • Chronic illness management

3. Residency/seminar (10 credit hours)

Source: Columbia University School of Nursing

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