Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Requirements

Chaminade’s WSCUC accredited DNP program uses an innovative, technology-enriched, educational approach to support the development of exceptional nurse leaders and advanced practice clinical nursing experts. The curriculum prepares graduates to address profound healthcare needs of society, focusing in particular on the needs of the most vulnerable among us at a time when nurse leaders are urgently needed and will continue to be in high demand.

Our DNP program allows for flexibility. Courses are taught online in 15-week terms. Students will attend yearly multi-day immersions. Immersions for each track will enhance leadership capacity, build strategic relationships, and provide clinical and experiential learning for practice innovation.

We offer three DNP program options:

  • BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

  • BSN-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

  • Post-Master’s Executive Leader (EL)

Chaminade’s DNP program integrates the Marianist Educational Values: formation in faith; quality education; family spirit; service, justice and peace; and adaptation and change. Each of these five core values is incorporated throughout the program to help graduates develop not only as scholars, but also as individuals who are ready to lead holistically. Students should have a strong desire to learn about and care for select populations, with a special emphasis on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, and be committed to social justice. Alumni of this program will continue to develop their nursing careers as leaders and advanced clinicians.

As students progress through the program they will have the opportunity to grow and develop in a supportive environment that includes skilled advisors, knowledgeable professors, and fellow students with wide-ranging backgrounds and diverse professional paths.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leader (EL) track

The Executive Leader (EL) track prepares the student with the necessary tools to implement quality improvement projects in clinics, in hospitals, and across large healthcare systems. Chaminde’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leader program graduates will have a deep understanding of health policy,  interprofessional relationships to improve patient and population health outcomes, and the ability to advocate for social justice and access to health care.

Courses in the EL track are:

  • NUR 810: Leading Quality Innovation in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 812: Transforming Healthcare through Innovation and Technology (3 credits)

  • NUR 816: Epidemiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 818: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Population Health (3 credits)

  • NUR 820: Transforming Healthcare through Outcomes Management (3 credits)

  • NUR 822: Transforming Healthcare through Health Policy and Advocacy (3 credits)

  • NUR 824: Theoretical Foundations of Evidence-Based and Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 850: The Steps to Practice Inquiry:  Analyze, Evaluate, Synthesize and Apply the Evidence (3 credits)

  • NUR 852: DNP Scholarly Project I:  Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application (4 credits)

  • NUR 854: DNP Scholarly Project II:  Applying Practice Knowledge: Implementation/Outcomes (4 credits)

  • NUR 856: DNP Scholarly Project III:  Dissemination (4 credits)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track

The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares the student to become an advanced practice nurse prepared to provide comprehensive care to patients and families across the lifespan. FNPs practice in primary care settings and manage both acute and chronic conditions with a focus on disease prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, treatment, and management of care. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice FNP program graduates are prepared to work with patients and healthcare organizations to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Courses in the FNP track are:

  • NUR 800: Transitions in Practice: The Advanced Practice Nurse as DNP (3 credits)

  • NUR 802: Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan and Culture (3 credits)

  • NUR 804: Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 806: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 810: Leading Quality Innovation in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 812: Transforming Healthcare through Innovation and Technology (3 credits)

  • NUR 816: Epidemiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 818: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Population Health (3 credits)

  • NUR 820: Transforming Healthcare through Outcomes Management (3 credits)

  • NUR 822: Transforming Healthcare through Health Policy and Advocacy (3 credits)

  • NUR 824: Theoretical Foundations of Evidence-Based and Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 840: Management of Common Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 841: Practicum in Common Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 842: Management of Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 843: Practicum in Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 844: Management of Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 845: Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 850: The Steps to Practice Inquiry:  Analyze, Evaluate, Synthesize and Apply the Evidence (3 credits)

  • NUR 852: DNP Scholarly Project I:  Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application (4 credits)

  • NUR 854: DNP Scholarly Project II:  Applying Practice Knowledge: Implementation/Outcomes (4 credits)

  • NUR 856: DNP Scholarly Project III:  Dissemination (4 credits)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track educates the student to become an advanced practice nurse prepared to provide  psychiatric/mental health care to children, adults, and elders. PMHNPs assess, diagnose, and treat patients with mental health conditions such anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar manifestations, mood swings, as well as mental health maintenance. Chaminade’s Doctor of Nursing Practice PMHNP program graduates are prepared to provide holistic care for patients and communities.

Courses in the PMHNP track are:

  • NUR 800: Transitions in Practice: The Advanced Practice Nurse as DNP (3 credits)

  • NUR 802: Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan and Culture (3 credits)

  • NUR 804: Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 806: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 810: Leading Quality Innovation in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 812: Transforming Healthcare through Innovation and Technology (3 credits)

  • NUR 816: Epidemiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 818: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Population Health (3 credits)

  • NUR 820: Transforming Healthcare through Outcomes Management (3 credits)

  • NUR 822: Transforming Healthcare through Health Policy and Advocacy (3 credits)

  • NUR 824: Theoretical Foundations of Evidence-Based and Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

  • NUR 830: Psychopharmacology across the Lifespan (3 credits)

  • NUR 831: Psychobiological Basis of Mental Disorders (3 credits)

  • NUR 832: Management in Lifespan Psychiatric and Mental Healthcare (3 credits)

  • NUR 833: Practicum in Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities (3 credits)

  • NUR 836: Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Healthcare (3 credits)

  • NUR 837: Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Healthcare (3 credits)

  • NUR 850: The Steps to Practice Inquiry:  Analyze, Evaluate, Synthesize and Apply the Evidence (3 credits)

  • NUR 852: DNP Scholarly Project I:  Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application (4 credits)

  • NUR 854: DNP Scholarly Project II:  Applying Practice Knowledge: Implementation/Outcomes (4 credits)

  • NUR 856: DNP Scholarly Project III:  Dissemination (4 credits)