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DNP 2.0: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Currently-Enrolled DNP students (Enrolled Prior to Autumn 2013)

The School of Nursing is in the process of revising the DNP curriculum. Upon UW Graduate School approval, the revised curriculum will be implemented in Autumn Quarter 2013.

Please check back here for updates.


Q. Why did the School decide to revise the DNP curriculum?

A. The basis for this curriculum revision is our focus on quality.  As you may know, the DNP degree gained momentum nationally in the mid-2000s with the approval of the Essentials for DNP programs developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  The UW School of Nursing continues to be a leader in the continued development of DNP degree program curricula.  The program at the UW was approved in 2006 and the first cohort matriculated in 2007.  Since then, faculty, students, and other members of our communities of interest have continuously evaluated the program, both quantitatively and qualitatively.  Based on that evaluation and the national conversation about advances in DNP education, the model for the revised post-BSN DNP curriculum was proposed and approved by graduate faculty in Autumn 2012. 

Q. What factors were used to decide on the content of the courses?

A. Like DNP 1.0, the proposed curriculum for DNP 2.0 was developed after thoughtful and careful analysis by faculty of the AACN DNP Essentials, requirements for certification by population-specific professional certifying bodies, and other important factors. A report on that work can be found on the School’s homepage under Organizational Development via a link to “DNP Summer Workgroup Final Report.”

Q. I’ve heard about a new grid. Will I need to use this for the rest of my coursework?

A. You may have seen one-page versions of a three-year grid for DNP 2.0.  Please know that this grid outlines the proposed curriculum for the incoming cohort of DNP students, who will arrive in Autumn 2013.  This proposed grid is not the curriculum for currently-enrolled students (those who enrolled before Autumn 2013).

Q. I’ve heard that the DNP 2.0 capstone requirements will be changed.  Can I take this instead?

A: Courses listed in the grid for years 2 and 3 of the proposed revised curriculum will be developed during the next two academic years.  Therefore, we do not anticipate that the DNP 2.0 version of the “capstone experience” will be ready before 2016, when most currently-enrolled students will have completed their program of study.  The reason this takes time is that there is much work to be accomplished, including developing the course content; preparing faculty members and preceptors; working with existing and new clinical sites; and revising or creating Affiliation Agreements with clinical sites.

Q. What impact is this going to have on my course of study? (Do I need to change my currently approved plan of study, etc).

A: For most currently-enrolled DNP students, Programs of Study will need to be adjusted.  Please work with your academic advisor or, as appropriate, the Chair of your capstone Supervisory Committee, to make the adjustments. (FYI, faculty members will have written guidance on how to advise you regarding adjustments to your Program of Study by mid-April 2013.)  For most currently-enrolled MN students, there may be very little change, but best also to check with your academic advisor or, as appropriate, the Chair of your scholarly project Supervisory Committee.

All currently-enrolled DNP students should plan on doing TIP courses and their capstone as currently described on our website and in your programs of study, until notice is given that any other options are available.

Q: Can I now elect to take the 720 hours of direct care clinical hours vs the 500/600/1000 in my DNP 1.0 Program of Study?

A: The most important consideration is your clinical competency and meeting of the direct care hours required to sit for the certification exam for which you are preparing.  Thus, it is important that you discuss any consideration of changes in clinical hours with both faculty intimate with your certification body requirements and your supervisory committee chairperson.  The DNP requirement for 1000 hours (direct care plus clinically related) remains the same in DNP 1.0 and 2.0.


Q: Are DNP 1.0 students still able to earn a Master of Nursing degree (what some call the “Master’s-in-Passing”) during the transition period?

 A:  Yes, any currently-matriculated DNP student (admitted 2012 or earlier) who, with the support of their academic advisor and/or supervisory committee chair, chooses to earn a Master of Nursing degree “in passing” on the way to earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, may do so.


Page created 4/5/2013
Page revised 4/18/2013