Post-MSN Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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Program Overview

The Post-MSN to DNP programs are offered online and address the most contemporary aspects of expert clinical practice and in-depth knowledge and experience in leadership, health systems design and evaluation, evidence-based practice, health policy, and applied research. The programs are designed for current APRNs who wish to further their clinical expertise in their current specialty area or in palliative care. In these programs, a practice improvement project will be implemented with oversight from faculty.

Why MUSC's Post-MSN Program

  • All tracks receive mental health and palliative care education as part of their curriculum.
  • Our Program faculty consists of nationally recognized educators and researchers. Experts and leaders in the field with a passion for mentoring the next generation of nurse practitioners. 
  • We are widely recognized for providing a supportive learning environment that has a low student-to-faculty ratio, expert faculty, and preceptors as well as highly successful complex clinical settings.
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DNP Palliative Care

As a leader in palliative care education, the MUSC College of Nursing has been recognized for its holistic approach to emphasizing the value in palliative care.

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Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program has two-entry options:

  • Post-Baccalaureate (BSN)
  • Post-Master's (MSN) for Advanced Practice Nurses

There are four areas of specialty focus for Post-BSN students:

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP)

There are two program options for Post-MSN students:

  • Advanced Practice Nursing (APN)
  • Lifespan Palliative Care (LPC)

Year 1, Spring

NRPHD 708 Advanced Health Policy & Advocacy 3
NRDNP 846 Frameworks for Leadership 3
Semester Total 6

Year 1, Summer

NRDNP 830 Applied Health Care Economics and Finance 3
NRDNP 860 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4
Semester Total 7

Year 1, Fall

NRDNP 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NRDNP 856A Advanced Clinical Assessment and Reasoning A 3
NRDNP 836 Informatics in Health Care Delivery 3
Semester Total 9

Year 2, Spring

NRDNP 856B Advanced Clinical Assessment and Reasoning B 3
NRDNP 842 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 4
Semester Total 7

Year 2, Summer

NRDNP 864 Advanced Care Management I 6
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Fall

NRDNP 865 Advanced Care Management II 6
NRDNP 873 Scientific Underpinnings IV 3
Semester Total 9

Year 3, Spring

NRDNP 866 Advanced Care Management III 6
NRDNP 858 Evidenced Based Practice, Quality and Safety 3
Semester Total 9

Year 3, Summer

NRDNP 848B Role Practicum 7
NRDNP 862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3
Semester Total 10

Year 3, Fall

NRDNP 850 Organizational Theory & Health Care Systems 3
NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 8

Year 4, Spring

NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 5
Curriculum Minimum Total 76

Year 1, Fall

NRDNP 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NRDNP 850 Organ Theory & Health Care Management 3
NRDNP 860 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4
Semester Total 10

Year 1, Spring

NRDNP 856 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning 6
NRDNP 842 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 4
NRDNP 870 Scientific Underpinnings I 1
Semester Total 11

Year 1, Summer

NRDNP 864 Advanced Care Management I 6
NRDNP 871 Scientific Underpinnings II 1
Semester Total 7

Year 2, Fall

NRDNP 836 Informatics in Health Care Delivery 3
NRDNP 865 Advanced Care Management II 6
NRDNP 872 Scientific Underpinnings III 1
Semester Total 10

Year 2, Spring

NRDNP 846 Frameworks for Leadership 3
NRDNP 858 Evidence-Based Practice, Quality & Safety 3
NRDNP 866 Advanced Care Management III 6
Semester Total 12

Year 2, Summer

NRDNP 848B Role Practicum 7
NRDNP 862 Practice Inquiry & IRB 3
Semester Total 10

Year 3, Fall

NRDNP 890 Residency 5
NRDNP 830 Applied Health Care Economics & Finance 3
Semester Total 8

Year 3, Spring

NRPHD 708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3
NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 8
Curriculum Total 76

Year 1, Fall

NRDNP 850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3
NRDNP 860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4
Semester Total 7

Year 1, Spring

NRPHD 708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3
NRDNP 846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3
NRDNP 870 Scientific Underpinnings I 1
Semester Total 7

Year 1, Summer

NRDNP 830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3
NRDNP 871 Scientific Underpinnings II 1
Semester Total 4

Year 2, Fall

NRDNP 836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3
NRDNP 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Spring

NRDNP 842 Advanced Pharmacology 4
NRDNP 856 Adv Clin Assess Reasoning 6
Semester Total 10

Year 2, Summer

NRDNP 864 Advanced Care Management I 6
Semester Total 6

Year 3, Fall

NRDNP 865 Advanced Care Management II 6
NRDNP 872 Scientific Underpinnings III 1
Semester Total 7

Year 3, Spring

NRDNP 858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3
NRDNP 866 Advanced Care Management III 6
Semester Total 9

Year 3, Summer

NRDNP 848B Role Practicum 7
NRDNP 862 Practice Inquiry & IRB 3
Semester Total 10

Year 4, Fall

NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 5

Year 4, Spring

NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 5
Curriculum Minimum Total 76

Year 1, Fall

NRDNP 850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3
NRDNP 860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4
NRDNP 873 Scientific Underpinnings IV 3
Semester Total 10

Year 1, Spring

NRDNP 858
Evidenced Based Practice, Quality & Safety
3
NRDNP 846
Frameworks for Leadership
3
Semester Total 6

Year 1, Summer

NRDNP 862
Practice Inquiry and IRB
3
NRDNP 830
Applied Health Care Economics and Finance
3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Fall

NRDNP 890
Residency 5
NRDNP 836
Informatics in Health Care Delivery
3
Semester Total 8

Year 2, Spring

NRDNP 890 Residency 5
NRDNP 708
Advanced Health Policy and Advocacy
3
Semester Total 8
Curriculum Minimum Total 38

Year 1, Spring

NRPHD 708 Adv Health Policy & Advocacy 3
NRDNP 846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3
Semester Total 6

Year 1, Summer

NRDNP 860 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4
Semester Total 4

Year 1, Fall

NRDNP 836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3
NRDNP 873 Scientific Underpinnings IV 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Spring

NRDNP 890 Residency 2
NRDNP 858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3
Semester Total 5

Year 2, Summer

NRDNP 830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3
NRDNP 862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Fall

NRDNP 850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3
NRDNP 890 Residency 3
Semester Total 6

Year 3, Spring

NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 5
Curriculum Minimum Total 38

Year 1, Fall

NRDNP 850 Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt 3
NRDNP 860 App Epi Biostat Healthcare 4
NRDNP 873 Scientific Underpinnings IV 3
Semester Total 10

Year 1, Spring

NRDNP 846 Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro 3
NRDNP 858 Evid Based Prac Qual Safety 3
NRDNP 874 Palliative Care Management I 3
Semester Total 9

Year 1, Summer

NRDNP 830 Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin 3
NRDNP 875 Palliative Care Mgmt II 3
NRDNP 862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3
Semester Total 9

Year 2, Fall

NRDNP 836 Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv 3
NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 8

Year 2, Spring

NRPHD 708 Adv Health Policy and Advocacy 3
NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 8
Curriculum Minimum Total 44

Year 1, Spring

NRPHD 708 Advanced Health Policy & Advocacy 3
NRDNP 846 Frameworks for Leadership 3
NRDNP 874 Palliative Care I 3
Semester Total 9

Year 1, Summer

NRDNP 860 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4
NRDNP 875 Palliative Care II 3
Semester Total 7

Year 1, Fall

NRDNP 873 Scientific Underpinnings IV 3
NRDNP 836 Informatics in Health Care Delivery 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Spring

NRDNP 858 Evidence-Based Practice, Quality and Safety 3
NRDNP 890 Residency 2
Semester Total 5

Year 2, Summer

NRDNP 862 Practice Inquiry and IRB 3
NRDNP 830 Applied Health Care Economics and Finance 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Fall

NRDNP 850 Organizational Theory and Health Care Systems 3
NRDNP 890 Residency 3
Semester Total 6

Year 3, Spring

NRDNP 890 Residency 5
Semester Total 5
Curriculum Minimum Total 44

Additional palliative care clinical hours may also be added dependent on individual student goals/needs with the course NRDNP 876.

Graduate students can elect to add Nurse Educator courses to include:

  • NURSM 615 Methodology of Online Teaching, 3 credit hours
  • NURSM 703 Instructional Processes, 3 credit hours
  • NURSM 713 Curriculum Design & Development, 3 credit hours
  • NRPHD 800 Mentored Teaching, 3 credit hours

Admissions

Prepare to empower patients and promote evidence-based care. Look toward the next stage by applying to one of the College of Nursing’s degree or certificate programs.

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Meet Your Lead Faculty, Dr. Whitney Smith

Dr. Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith
DNP, ANP, GNP
Lead Faculty AGNP Track
smithwhit@musc.edu

My name is Whitney Smith and I am the Lead Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). I have been a nurse practitioner (NP) for close to twenty years! I always knew that I wanted to be a health care provider. While I was in college for my Biology degree, I learned about nurse practitioners and how the nursing model guides their holistic patient care - and I was hooked; I knew that this was the type of medicine I wanted to practice! The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was the school I decided on; I received my BSN in 1999, my MSN in 2001, and my DNP in 2017.


I spent much of my clinical career managing acute and chronic illnesses, moving patients toward better health outcomes and a reduction in health care costs.  I have worked as a nurse practitioner in women’s health, primary care, and skilled nursing care. I always enjoyed precepting student nurse practitioners and had a desire to eventually teach at the university level. In 2013 I had the amazing opportunity begin my career in academia teaching at my alma mater, here at MUSC!

I am passionate about education; as an educator in the field of nursing I strive to inspire growth and learning in the students I teach. I endeavor to engage their minds and the passions that drive them.  I challenge them to become expert diagnosticians as well as compassionate, respectful and innovative providers of medical care. I believe that understanding and teaching quality improvement is integral for enriching patient care, health outcomes and access to care. It is the foundation for the DNP degree.  Because my first love was practice, I continue to see patients one day a week at a free clinic. We provide primary care with a focus on chronic disease management for the uninsured and underserved population. We work in interprofessional teams and act as a clinical site for our DNP students. It is my belief that my passion and pride for my chosen career as a DNP and educator is conveyed to my students and helps to inspire enthusiasm and growth in the field of nursing.

*DNP students are expected to attend on campus learning intensive.