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Through the lens of the Jesuit tradition, the student builds on a previously earned master’s degree to achieve the highest level of academic preparation that incorporates scientific, philosophical, ethical, and historical perspectives of nursing practice along with a perspective of the complexities of present and future global and holistic health care. Additionally, organizational and systems leadership, population focused healthcare, health policy that includes advocacy in health care, and interprofessional collaboration to address health care outcomes will be considered. The design, implementation, and evaluation of delivery methods that address outcomes to improve the health of the nation will be the focus of the final DNP scholarly project. Xavier DNP graduates will be well positioned for translating the science of population health nursing as nurse leaders in an ever-changing global health care environment.
Intense immersion experiences in a variety of environments occur throughout the curriculum and focus on integration and application of credible research findings within the evidence base. Innovation and involvement in macrosystems that will ultimately allow students to influence health care outcomes for individuals and populations is also part of the immersion experience. Using conceptual and analytical skills, students will provide leadership in clinical scholarship and synthesize relationships among practice, organizations, diverse populations, fiscal resources and policy concerns to advance the delivery of quality, safe, efficient and effective health care for diverse populations.
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Xavier University’s 40 credit hour Doctor of Nursing Practice in Population Health Leadership (DNP) program is a fully online educational offering. Students move through the 8-semester program (approximately 32 months) taking 3 to 7 credits per semester, which is considered a part-time program.
A total of 1000 clinical immersion hours are required as students progress through the program. Up to 500 hours of clinical immersion from a master’s program and/or advanced certification may be accepted toward the 1,000 immersion hours.
Fall and spring semester courses are offered over 16 weeks. Summer courses are shorter and offered in variable lengths depending upon the specific course.
A sampling of students’ DNP Project Immersion III projects:
This course builds upon knowledge of healthcare technologies and the management of individual and aggregate level data. Leadership, knowledge and technical skills are applied within the interprofessional healthcare environment to select, use and evaluate population-based healthcare information systems. Programs that evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, quality improvement, consumer use of healthcare information systems, and patient care technology are analyzed. Legal, ethical, global, holistic and interprofessional considerations are emphasized.
This course is designed to provide a framework with which to examine health policy issues and better comprehend the policy-making process at all levels, including institutional, local, state, regional, federal and international levels. Health policy issues related to ethics, social determinants as well as healthcare delivery regulation and financing are addressed. The leadership role as an advocate influencing health policy formation is explored. Emphasized are skills for analyzing policy processes and engaging in politically competent actions for the transformation of a holistic and ethical healthcare system which meets the needs of the public and the nursing profession.
Candidates must have:
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Official transcripts of all previous completed coursework from accredited colleges and universities including diploma program. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university. Send transcripts to:
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Current résumé of work experience or Curriculum Vitae (CV).
A 1-3 page, single spaced, personal statement describing the reasons for seeking doctoral study, short and long term professional goals, narrative of professional experience & discussion of a possible DNP project.
Three professional references from faculty or other health professionals with advanced preparations who can evaluate your effectiveness in a Graduate Nursing Program (a standard form is incorporated in the application)
Verification of current RN licensure (College of Nursing will obtain)
Applicants outside of the State of Ohio: State authorization of distance education is complex and dynamic. Applicants should review the link below regarding regulations for the delivery of distance education.
View the complete list of approved states on the State Authorization page.
At Xavier, we understand that no two degree programs and no two students are alike. Therefore, we structure every online degree program to address the unique needs of individual students and have created unique fee structures for each degree program, as well.
The amounts listed are for the 2023-2024 academic year, and include classes from Summer 2023 through Spring 2024. Tuition cost is per credit hour unless otherwise stated.
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The Xavier College of Nursing has been a participant in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant since 2017. This NFLP loan repayment program is an exciting opportunity through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Program created to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in the U.S. NFLP DNP student participants are awarded funding to help cover the costs of tuition. Recipients may be eligible for up to 85% loan forgiveness. For additional information about this program please contact Lisa Niehaus at email@example.com.
Candidates for the population health doctorate degree must have obtained:
No. The program is entirely online. However, if you are local to the Cincinnati area or are in town visiting, the faculty would enjoy meeting in person.
The tuition rate for the DNP degree program is $730 per credit hour. The total cost of the degree program will vary, depending upon transfer credits awarded, additional fees, and the cost of textbooks/materials. Examples of fees include:
See the Tuition page for more information about the program’s cost.
Xavier University does not have specific scholarships for incoming DNP degree program students. Any information about available Xavier scholarships will be sent to incoming students Xavier.edu email addresses as they become available. There are however scholarships and financial aid sources provided by independent organizations that are listed below:
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
The Xavier College of Nursing has been a participant in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant since 2017.This NFLP loan repayment program is an exciting opportunity through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Program created to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in the U.S. NFLP DNP student participants are awarded funding to help cover the costs of tuition. Recipients may be eligible for up to 85% loan forgiveness. For additional information about this program please contact Lisa Niehaus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing:
Doctors of Nursing Practice, Inc.:
Interact for Change – Deaconess Associations Advance Practice Nursing Scholarships (note: deadline is usually January 31st of each year):
Holistic nursing is a set of core values that drives Xavier University’s mission to see each person holistically. The AHNCC defines holistic nursing as “The art and science of caring for the whole person. It is based on the belief that dynamic mind-body-spirit interactions impact a person’s ability to grow and have successful health outcomes. Holistic nurses aim to promote community health and wellness as they facilitate their client’s growth and healing. Health is a perception of wellness and quality of life. The health profession of holistic nursing allows nurse leaders to work with people in all settings and phases of life. The primary goal of holistic health promotion is to facilitate people to live their lives as fully as possible, in all situations.”
Xavier’s DNP Program is Endorsed by American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC). This means that Xavier University is one of only 17 schools of Nursing in the United States endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC).
With this endorsement, graduates are eligible to sit for the holistic nurse certification examination.
No; however, published work or paper from previous coursework is required.
Applicants will be reviewed and notified of their status no later than June 30. Which the program beginning during the fall semester each year. Applications are typically reviewed as they are completed. Students will find out if they are accepted into the program within 2 to 3 weeks of filing their completed application including all required material.
Students are encouraged to enroll at least 1 week before the class start date. Admission is available for the fall semester of each academic year.
Students must register one week before classes start unless given special approval by the program director. This is only after the student has completed an application and has been officially admitted into the program.
Students may be able to transfer up to 6 credit hours upon approval by the program director, department chair, and university. Students desiring to transfer credit for advanced standing must meet with the program director prior to the start of their first course to review the request.
This 40-43 credit hour program is considered a part-time program and is designed to be completed in 2 ½ – 3 years with typically 2 courses (6 to 7 credit hours) per semester, including some summer courses. Note: Xavier University considers full-time status to be 9 credit hours or more for graduate students.
Participation expectations vary by professor. Students are not required to log in at specific times during most courses- this means the courses are ‘asynchronous’. Students’ progress through the courses together according to the scheduled course content and activities.
The courses include components such as readings, activities, video lectures, discussion boards and other peer interaction, tests, quizzes, and group projects. Most courses do not include mandatory login times (asynchronous); however, they are synchronously paced – students’ progress through the course together according to the scheduled course content and activities.
Students must have their own PC or Mac computer with a webcam, the full Microsoft Office Suite, and high-speed internet connection. A Google Chromebook or Tablet is not sufficient. Some courses may require additional software that, similar to textbooks, students must purchase for personal use and use on their computer. Generally, these software packages have academic pricing that is comparable to a textbook price.
Xavier University uses CANVAS.
Approximately 3 hours of course work for every hour of class time each week or 9 hours a week for a 3-credit hour course should be expected. Students should expect to dedicate at least 10-12 hours per class per week on average. Please note that some weeks may require more hours and others may require fewer.
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