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DNP Program - Residency

The DNP requires a total of 896 hours of residency related to the student's cognate area. These experiences will include basic and complex advanced nursing practice. This is in addition to the 630 hours of clinical preceptorship from the MS/ANP degree.

These residency hours break down as follows: two 192-hour cognate residencies, two 192-hour DNP practice enquiry project residencies, and one 128-hour health policy residency.

DNP students are required to keep a residency journal for each residency in the format outlined below. These are to be turned in to their graduate committee chair upon completion of each residency.

Residency Journal Criteria

Hours for preceptorships consist of time spent working in your area of specialization.

The following activities can be applied toward your residency hours:

  1. Time spent with a preceptor/agency in your area of specialization.
  2. Time spent researching your area of specialization.
  3. Special projects related to your specialization.
  4. Conferences and workshops that expand your clinical expertise.
  5. Time traveling to and from your meeting related to your specialization.

These do not include:

  1. Time spent in seminars/conferences that are counted toward a course in which you receive credit.
  2. Time spent traveling to and from seminars/conferences that are counted toward a course in which you receive credit.

E.g., IT from Iowa or EBP at Arizona - these are typically are used for class credit and can not be counted twice. If you do not take these for credit, then they can be counted for your preceptorship hours.

Journal Format and Evaluaton Criteria

Use this format to organize your entries in your journal.

  1. Student Info: Must include your name, date of submission, and number of submission.
  2. Residency Log: The residency log should document the hours, scholarly activities, including specific examples, and an analysis of the scholarly activities. (see attached form)
  3. Objectives: A brief description of how the objectives were met at the end of the residency should be included.

DNP students are encouraged to use the DNP Residency Log to keep their journals. (Print extra pages as necessary.)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is supported in part by a grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust.
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