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Welcome to UMass Amherst DNP Program!

Introduction by Dr. DeMartinis, DNP Program Director

Congratulations on your acceptance to the DNP program in the Family Nurse Practitioner or Public Health Nurse Leader role concentration! I am Dr. Jean DeMartinis, the DNP Program Director. I have spoken to all of you in person, through SKYPE, or by telephone and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of you. However, if anyone is previewing this DNP Orientation discussion and has not spoken to me personally, please contact me.

To begin, please listen to my audio introduction below and then step through the various sections of this orientation. Many sections are accompanied by audio notes. The information included in this online orientation is vital to your success in the UMass DNP Graduate program—so please read and listen carefully!

Student Testimonials:
How to Succeed in Online Education for the Practice Doctorate


Listen to the testimonials from a current student and a recent graduate of the DNP program. Their experiences provide great insight into how to succeed in online education in the UMass SON online DNP program.

FNP Student Amanda Worcester

Amanda Worcester is currently enrolled in our DNP Program in the Post-Bachelor to DNP/FNP role concentration and is a recent graduate of our BS in Nursing program. Amanda has only one year left in our program, is entering DNP Candidacy, and has had the opportunity to experience the role concentration courses and practica!  Please listen to her tell us about the "Five P's to Success in Online Education in the DNP Program at UMass."


PHNL Graduate Raeann Leblanc

Raeann is a recent graduate of our DNP Program with the Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL) role concentration. She was a masters prepared nurse practitioner who returned to academe as a post masters candidate for her practice doctorate who wanted to broaden her current focus into the public health arena.  Raeann shares her experiences with you from the perspective of a nurse practitioner and public health nurse leader who has experienced our entire program!

 

 


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Welcome to the UMass Amherst DNP Program

Congratulations on your acceptance to the DNP program in the Family Nurse Practitioner or Public Health Nurse Leader role concentration! I am Dr. Jean DeMartinis, the DNP Program Director. I have spoken to all of you in person, through SKYPE, or by telephone and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of you. If anyone is previewing this DNP Orientation discussion and has not spoken to me personally, please contact me. We are grateful that you chose the University of Massachusetts, Amherst School of Nursing to be your academic home for the next few years. Our faculty members are some of the most recognized experts in their fields and they look forward to working with you and your classmates as you become some of the most highly educated and accountable clinicians in the country prepared at the practice doctorate level.

Each of you will have faculty members assigned to advise you during your educational journey with us. Advisors look forward to meeting you through in person, SKYPE, or phone conversations to get to know you as you begin our DNP program and to answer your questions from your review of this web-based orientation and from your thorough review of the Graduate Student Handbook. Your advisor is your ‘Go-To’ person anytime that you have questions or need advice. You are also required to communicate with your advisor before you register for courses each semester!

The orientation that follows will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the DNP Program in general and more about the courses, course sequencing, and plans of study specific to each role concentration. Pay particular attention to what courses entail, how they are sequenced, and when and how to secure qualified preceptors for your practicum courses. Completing all pre-practicum requirements and alerting us to needs for facility Affiliate Agreement negotiations well before practica begin is required and essential for seamless progression in the DNP program!

Contact Karen Ayotte, the DNP Program manager, at kayotte@nursing.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-1302 for general questions regarding the DNP program, the courses, registration, your plan of study, or for inquiry about specific progression and graduation information. Contact Maureen Bailey, the Business Office manager, at bailey@nursing.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-5056 for all practicum-related questions regarding health records, CORI, liability insurance, or for preceptor selection inquiry.

We expect to hear from you on a regular basis for updates from you about your contact information –for example: for changes in telephone, email, or your current address and for any changes in your plan of study or for general questions, comments or suggestions. We will also need updated information from you regarding your obtainment of additional RN licensures for any states in which you will be completing your practica other than your state of residence.

Enjoy the audio communications included herein from a current DNP/FNP student and a recent DNP/PHNL graduate regarding tips for success in our online DNP Program and for information from them regarding their role choices.

Please read through the following Graduate Student Handbook Sections selected for your in-depth review included as main components of this orientation. Also, listen to the audio explanations and preview the accompanying slides that contain key points of information distilled from these narrative selections.  Take notes. List questions. Discuss with your advisors. 

Welcome Aboard!

 
Jean E. DeMartinis, PhD, FNP-BC
UMass Amherst DNP Program Director


Start of Orientation


Graduate Student Handbook & Preceptor Handbook

Key Points

Graduate Student Handbook

Thorough review and re-review of the School of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook is critical to your successful progression in the DNP Program!

Read it! Print it! Keep it close at all times.

Re-review before registration each semester.


Preceptor Handbook

Key Points

  • Please read thoroughly before practica begin.
  • Used as Guide to Preceptor Orientation.
  • Outlines Preceptor responsibilities and gives helpful strategies regarding how to precept student from UMass School of Nursing
  • All Practicum Forms and contracts are housed in appendix –same as in Graduate Student Handbook
  • Reviews TYPHON for Preceptor and provides updates and Discussion.
  • Either the practicum preceptor will need to download Handbook from TYPHON or students will need to email attach or provide printed copy to the preceptor.

Download the Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Student Handbook 2012-2013 (PDF).

Download the Preceptor Handbook

Preceptor Handbook 2012-2013 (PDF).


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Move on to Requirements >>

Essentials 1: Discussion of the DNP Program Terminal Objectives and Core Competencies

Key Points

  • The DNP Degree is the practice doctorate that prepares graduates with the highest level of nursing knowledge and accountability
  • Specific expected outcomes of the program require that graduates will:
    • Synthesize and translate evidence to manage complex health problems
    • Include issues of health disparities, social justice, cultural competence as experienced through systems leadership, collaboration with interprofessional leaders, and from coursework such as informatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health care quality, organizational behaviors, ethics, politics and policy and theories and research.
  • Includes objectives and competencies for two role concentrations from the 8 essentials of DNP education: Direct Care-- family nurse practitioners(FNP)or Population-Based--public health nurse leaders (PHNL). Please review.

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

General Information

The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers the Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest level. This professional nursing preparation will include advanced coursework in leadership, research translation, and clinical knowledge and skills. This change was driven by evolving nursing roles in an increasingly complex health care system, new scientific knowledge, and ongoing concerns about the quality and outcomes of patient care.  Applicants to the DNP program will choose one of the role tracks, either Family Nurse Practitioner, or Public Health Nurse Leader and indicate on their application which track they are applying for.

DNP Program Terminal Objectives & Core Competencies

Graduates of the DNP program will practice at the highest level. Specific expected outcomes of the program require that graduates will:

  • engage in nursing practice using the advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to improve health outcomes
  • provide leadership and collaborate with leaders in other professions for change in systems of care
  • synthesize and translate evidence from nursing and other disciplines to manage complex health problems
  • provide culturally proficient care to respond to health disparities and societal needs

Core competencies essential for those preparing for direct care roles and for population based roles build on eight essential content areas: 

  • scientific underpinnings for practice
  • organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement, and systems thinking
  • clinical scholarship and analytic methods for evidence-based practice
  • technology and information for the improvement and transformation of healthcare
  • health care policy for advocacy in health care
  • interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population healthcare outcomes
  • clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
  • advanced nursing practice for improving the delivery of patient care

 

Essentials 2: Discussion of Course Requirements and Faculty Advising

Key Points

  • The DNP Program requires completion of 43 foundation and upper level core semester credit hour courses.  A 3 credit MS level prerequisite in statistics is required.
  • Post Bachelor’s students (and students completing a role concentration (see sample plans of study) complete role concentration courses -- either 38 credits for FNP role for 81 total semester credits and over 1000 clinical contact hours of direct care, or 36 credits for PHNL role for 79 total over semester credits and over 800 field practicum contact hours in public health.
  • Post-master’s students enter through portfolio review: a transcript evaluation and an individually tailored plan of study is created reflecting completion of equivalent courses from previous degree/s.  A post master’s student must complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours for conferral of doctoral degree at UMA SON.
  • Advising:  New matriculates are assigned a Graduate Faculty Advisor. Students must meet advisors face-to-face on Skype or in person to launch program of study and to connect regularly thereafter.

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

Course Requirements

The DNP Program requires completion of 43 foundation and upper level core semester credit hour courses and either 38 FNP role concentration (81 total), or 36 PHNL role concentration courses (79 total), post bachelor (see sample plans of study).  If a student already holds a master’s degree, a transcript evaluation and an individually tailored plan of study is created, reflecting the completion of some of the required course work in their previous graduate degree.  A post master’s student can expect a minimum of 36 credits to take to complete the doctoral degree. 
 

DNP Curriculum—Core Courses

Course of study for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse Leader Tracks

Core Courses

All students will take 43 credits of core courses that include the following:

PUBHLTH 540 Introductory Biostatistics (3)

N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science (3)

N630 Research Methodology in Nursing (3)

PUBHLTH 630 Principles of Epidemiology (3)

N735 Informatics for Nursing Practice (3)

N715 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)

N701 Healthcare Quality (3)

SCH-MGMT 680 Organizational Behavior (4)

N690E Nursing Ethics, Health Policy & Politics (3)

N725 Leadership of Public Health Systems (3)

N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice (3)

N790G Research Translation in Nursing (3)

Comprehensive Examination

N890A DNP Capstone Project (3)

N898A DNP Residency/Immersion Practicum (6)

 

Role Courses

In addition to the above DNP core courses, students will choose either the FNP or PHNL role, and complete additional courses as needed. An individually tailored Plan of Study will be created for Post-Master’s students based on transcript review.

 FNP Role Courses

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – 38 Credits

N614 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (3)

N615 Advanced Pathophysiology  (3)    

N619 Advanced Pharmacology (3)

N670 Family Systems and Intervention (3)

N703 Pharmacotherapy Management (3)

N610 Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults (3)

N620 Primary Health Care of Middle Aged and Older Adults (3)

N697V Women’s Health Care (2)

N797K Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3)

N698A Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning (1)

N698E Practicum:  Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults (3)

N698W Practicum: Primary Health Care of Women (2)

N698X Practicum:  Primary Health Care of Middle Aged and Older Adults (3)

N798K Practicum:  Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3)

 

 PHNL Role Courses

Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL) – 36 Credits

PUBHLTH 620 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3)

PUBHLTH 565 Environmental Health Practices (3)

PUBHLTH 601 Application of Social & Behavioral Theories in Pub Health Education and Intervention (3)

PUBHLTH 628 Financial Management of Health Institutions (3)

N640 Advanced Public Health Nursing I (3)

N790P Advanced Public Health Nursing II (3)

N790L Contemporary Issues in Public Health Practice (3)

N698L Practicum: Advanced Public Health Nursing I (3)

N798P Practicum: Advanced Public Health Nursing II (3)

N798L Practicum: Contemporary Issues in Public Health Practice (3)

PUBHLTH Elective (3)

PUBHLTH Elective (3)

 

Faculty Advisors

All School of Nursing faculty members who have graduate faculty status are potential advisors for DNP students. Students will be assigned an advisor that is congruent with their area of interest whenever possible. DNP students are expected to meet regularly with their advisors to outline their plan of study, discuss academic coursework, and to prepare for the comprehensive exam and capstone scholarly project. Students are expected to contact their advisor before the start of each semester.

General Advising for Program—substantive questions:

DNP Program Office

Karen Ayotte, DNP Program Manager

University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Nursing

104 Skinner Hall

Amherst, MA 01003-9304

Tel: (413) 545-1302   Fax: (413) 577-2550

kayotte@nursing.umass.edu


Essentials 3: Discussion Overview of Requirements for Progression Through Coursework Toward Graduation

Key Points

  • Overview of progression through DNP courses—sequenced foundation and core courses.
  • Outline of steps for DNP program completion.

Timeline for DNP Comprehensive Examination Requirement and DNP Capstone Scholarly Project

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

Overview of Progression Through Coursework

The DNP program is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares advanced practice nurses for increasingly complex evidence-based nursing practice.  This includes translating research into practice, evaluating evidence, applying research in decision-making, implementing viable clinical innovations to change practice, and conducting and evaluating program development projects.  The final scholarly requirement of the DNP program is the capstone project. The capstone project in the UMass DNP program is a required 3-credit research translation project.  This project is begun in the required course, N790G Research Translation, and further developed and implemented in the N890A Capstone Project and N898A Final DNP Practicum Immersion Experience.  The Capstone Project focuses on the implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and dissemination of a theoretically based research translation project designed as a programmatic intervention to address a practice problem. 

Successful progression depends upon completing required course work, according to the students’ plan of study, maintaining a GPA of 3.0, and working closely with advisor.  Advisor and student should be mindful of incomplete grades in any prior coursework.

Outline of Steps for Completion of Program

When a student reaches their final year of their plan of study, the following outline of steps shows the sequence of completion of the DNP Program.

  1. ENROLL IN N790G RESEARCH TRANSLATION COURSE
  2. Students must have completed all listed pre-requisite courses in their plan of study before enrolling in this course.  During this course students will explore an area of research translation in nursing and will learn the process of completing the final capstone project requirement.  This course will afford students the opportunity to engage in activities designed to help craft a Capstone Project Proposal.

  3. DNP COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
  4. Following completion of the course N790G Research Translation, you must pass your DNP Comprehensive Examination.  You will be guided by a Comprehensive Exam Committee composed of two School of Nursing faculty, with one serving as your Comprehensive Examination Committee chair.  Your Comprehensive Exam is usually in the same area as your Capstone Project, so you should have materials ready to use for this exam from the work you did in N790G and other DNP courses. You must submit and pass your Comprehensive Exam by the middle of October. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination is required of all UMass doctoral students and must be reported by the School of Nursing Graduate Program Director to the UMass Graduate School Dean in the form of a memorandum.   Comprehensive Examination is not a “test” it is a scholarly paper of publishable quality – See discussion of Comprehensive Examination for details.

  5. CAPSTONE SCHOLARLY PROJECT
  6. After completing N790G Research Translation, you will enroll in the course N890A Capstone Project. Students continue working on the Capstone Project Proposal they began in N790G, however the Capstone Project Proposal cannot be formally approved until after the student has successfully completed the DNP Comprehensive Examination.  Students work independently with their Capstone Committee to complete this scholarly project.  Students cannot begin implementing their Capstone Project until they have a formally approved Capstone Project Proposal.  Students receive a grade of incomplete in N890A until the capstone project is completed.

  7. N898A DNP FINAL IMMERSION PRACTICUM
  8. Students will enroll in N898A: DNP Final Immersion Practicum (6 cr.) in the LAST semester of their program.  Students may not enroll in N898A until they have passed their DNP Comprehensive Exam and have an approved Capstone Project Proposal. This practicum is designed to provide the environment for fully implementing the advanced practice role.  This is a 6-credit practicum that requires 336 hours of advanced practice. Once approved, the capstone project can be implemented in N898A Final Immersion Practicum (150 hours of the 336 practicum hours are allocated for the capstone project).
     


Essentials 4: Discussion of the Guidelines to Completing the Comprehensive Examination Paper Requirement

Key Points

  • Description: The Comprehensive Examination Requirement is NOT an EXAM it is a Scholarly paper of Publishable quality.
  • Process:
    • Form 1—Pre-planning for Comps serves as guide with mandatory assist from Advisor/Chair as pre-requisite to entering N790G Research Translation course.
    • Form 2—Intent to start the clock to submit comps—guided by Advisor/Chair---and committee set.
  • Components:
    • Review of Literature regarding practice problem and solution to problem fin direct care or Public Health arena.
    • 15-25 pages for body of paper, APA or other approved publication guidelines.
    • Student allowed draft review and one final review by committee.
    • Once successfully completed, Form 3 submitted.

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

Guidelines to Completing the Comprehensive Examination Paper

DNP Comprehensive Examination Description

The DNP Comprehensive Exam consists of the submission of a scholarly paper of publishable quality; it is not a question/answer “test”.  The paper can either be a review and critique of the evidence concerning a practice problem or a paper that examines a theory, model, or conceptual framework and its application to a problem in the student’s practice area.

DNP Comprehensive Exam Process

The DNP Comprehensive Exam Committee for each student shall consist of two School of Nursing faculty who have Graduate Faculty Status.  The Chair of the DNP Comprehensive Exam is usually the student’s faculty advisor. Students shall seek guidance from their faculty committee on the focus of the paper. Students will be required to work with their committee to establish a timeline for submission of their written exam.  The Comprehensive Exam must be completed within six months after the date in which the student submits DNP Form 2, “Intent to Schedule the DNP Comprehensive Exam” to the Graduate Program Director.

The student will complete the comprehensive exam independently and will be the sole author of the Comprehensive Exam paper. The student will also be the sole author of any publications stemming from the exam. The paper should adhere to American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines or publication guidelines identified by a professional or scholarly journal.  The paper should be between 15 and 25 pages in length, excluding references or appendices.

Students may submit a final draft of their Comprehensive Exam to their committee for review.  Committee members will provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.  After revisions are made the student will then submit the final Comprehensive Exam.  The Committee members will then read the exam and vote on approval: Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.  In the event of a tie vote on the exam, the Graduate Program Director will select a third graduate faculty member to read and vote on the exam.

Any student who fails the comprehensive examination will be permitted to retake the examination once. Students who need to retake the exam should work with their advisor to prepare for the second exam. A student has the right to consider changing their committee structure at this point.  If the Comprehensive Exam is failed a second time, the student may be dismissed from the School of Nursing DNP Program.

The student’s Comprehensive Exam Committee chair is also responsible for providing written notification regarding the results of the examination to the SON Graduate Program Director.  The SON Graduate Program Director will then submit a memorandum informing the UMass Graduate School of successful completion of this program requirement.  The student will receive a copy of the notification that they have either successfully passed or failed the exam.

Criteria on which the DNP Comprehensive Examinations are evaluated are as follows:

  1. Responsiveness:  The paper provides a review and critique of the evidence concerning a practice problem or examines a theory, model, or conceptual framework and its application to a problem in the student’s practice area.
  2. Clarity:  Wording is clear, consistent, and concise.
  3. Logic:  The development of the paper flows smoothly from point to point throughout the paper.
  4. Accuracy:  Information is accurately presented and referenced.  Research terminology and theoretical terminology are used appropriately.
  5. BreadthAn appropriate variety of information from scholarly and evidence-based practice literature is integrated in the paper to show a breadth of understanding.
  6. Depth:  Specific information, including the studies of identified investigators, is included to illustrate or otherwise support the point being made to show the depth of understanding.
  7. Analysis:  The paper critically evaluates the theoretical and empirical literature, prioritizes information, and comes to warranted conclusions. The paper provides a critical analysis of the several conclusions that can be drawn from the theoretical and empirical literature.
  8. Synthesis:  The paper demonstrates an independent synthesis of what the literature means -- what insights, patterns, meaning, and implications can be derived from the literature.  Conclusions about the need for additional research and evaluation should be included.

It is expected that all DNP students will abide by the University’s Graduate Student Honor Code and the Academic Honesty Policy


Essentials 5: Discussion of the Guidelines for Completing the Capstone Scholarly Project

Key Points

  • Description: Research Translation Project. The Capstone Scholarly work is NOT intended to be a research study.
  • Process:
    • Form 4—Committee Formation final decisions and capstone proposal brief.
    • Form 5—Approval of Capstone Proposal form.
  • Components:
    • Enter DNP Candidacy with pass of comps and approval of Capstone Proposal.
    • N890A Capstone course –not a course but credit bearing requirement to launch Capstone work.
    • N898A: Provides hours for capstone project actualization.
  • Review Capstone Scholarly Project and Final work Guideline and have questions ready for advisor.
  • Submit Form 6—final Capstone Work Approval prior to graduation.

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

Capstone Scholarly Project Description

The Capstone Scholarly Project is a required research translation project (Proposal drafted in N790G Research Translation course) with Proposal refinement and final approval occurring during N890A Capstone Project (3-credit) course. The DNP Capstone Project is the final scholarly activity in the UMass Doctorate of Nursing Practice program and is required of all DNP students.

The Capstone Project begins with a problem arising from clinical or public health practice. Graduates of the DNP program are uniquely prepared to help bridge the research-practice gap by appropriately developing, tailoring, implementing, and evaluating theoretically and evidence-based projects and programs and disseminating the results, thereby delivering the intended benefit of the research evidence to the particular group, population, or community. The capstone project gives students a supervised opportunity to independently undertake this research translation process.

The problem under study in the capstone project must represent an identified need, as evidenced by a needs assessment, gap analysis, community assessment, or other method of needs identification.  For the project to be most effective, the stakeholders present at the site must agree that there is a need for the project and must be consulted and involved throughout the project. Indeed, the project may be done in partnership with the clinical agency, health department, school, church, government or community agency, voluntary organization or community group.

The project literature review must support the need for the project and suggest an evidence base for the project. The literature review should include research studies on innovations that can be synthesized and developed into a program to address the practice problem. Further, the student must be seen as a credible authority on both the problem and the research-based innovation/program by stakeholders in the setting, thus, the focus of the problem and innovation/program must be on advanced nursing practice in the student’s role area. Finally, the student must be sufficiently familiar with the particular site in which the program will be implemented to tailor the program to the site’s organization, resources, and constraints.

The Capstone Project Process

The Capstone Project Committee is composed of two School of Nursing faculty members (one serving as chair), and a 3rd member from outside the University, considered your project mentor.  Students are expected to work closely with their entire Capstone Committee throughout the process of completing the capstone project, anticipating the submission of multiple drafts before final approval of completed capstone project.

In collaboration with their Capstone Project chair, students will identify the problem area and the site amenable to a research translation project. This process is begun when students submit DNP Form 1: “Pre-Planning for DNP Comprehensive Exam and Capstone Scholarly Project” and DNP Forms 2-6 follow as each component of process toward Capstone Project completion is accomplished. The Project is begun as soon as final approval of Capstone committee achieved and actualization of the project continues through N898A DNP Final Immersion Practicum course where 150 contact hours is dedicated toward the completion of the project. Students will not be allowed to enroll in N898A until they have passed their DNP Comprehensive Examination paper and have an approved Capstone Project Proposal.

The Capstone Project Committee will provide guidance and mentoring throughout the stages of the final capstone project design, implementation and evaluation.

It is the responsibility of the Chair of the Capstone Project Committee to facilitate the work of the capstone committee and to ensure communication between the members of the committee and the student.  All committee members should work with the student and discuss the capstone project before approving the Capstone Project Proposal.  Students should expect to work with their committee on multiple drafts of the proposal before final approval. A grade of Incomplete for N890A and N898A will be imported into the student’s transcript until the project is completed, and the final work has been “passed” as satisfactory. Some students may also need IRB approval for the project.  The Capstone Committee will assist with this process

The Capstone Committee has final grading authority on the Project.  A student must receive a grade of SATISFACTORY in order to pass the Capstone Project requirement. Once complete, Capstone Projects must be submitted to the School of Nursing DNP Program Office with a Title Page. An electronic copy of the final approved Capstone Scholarly Project, with Capstone Title Page, must also be submitted (signatures are not required, names may be typed on the Capstone Title Page).  All capstone scholarly projects will be archived on the UMASS Scholar Works and must be presented to a professional audience.

Capstone Project Proposal and Final Write-up Guideline

Sections 1-3 included in Capstone Proposal Document

  1. Problem identification and evidence/justification/rationale
    1. Statement of the problem
    2. Evidence of the problem
  2. Review of literature:
    1. Critical appraisal of research on interventions/innovations to address the problem
    2. Synthesis of evidence
    3. Application of a theory, model or conceptual framework
  3. Project Description, Implementation, and Monitoring
    1. Description of the group, population, community, results of needs assessment or gap analysis
    2. Organizational analysis of project site
    3. Evidence of stakeholder support and Letter of Agreement
    4. Description of the resources, constraints, facilitators, barriers, etc. to implementation at the project site
    5. Protocol/Plan for individualized project/program/intervention tailoring
      1. Project design and feasibility
      2. Goals and objectives of project with specific outcome indicators or expected outcomes listed in measurable terms.
      3. Costs and plan to obtain resources (e.g., budgeting)
      4. IRB approval and ethical considerations, including protection of human subjects/participants if needed.
      5. Plan for implementation and Plan for evaluation
      6. Timeline

    Sections 4 & 5 below not included in proposal – this information is included as critical component of final write-up

  4. Evaluation
    1. Results, findings, data analysis
    2. Interpretation, discussion, and conclusions
    1. Plan for post-project continuation and implications for future practice and translational research initiatives.

Essentials 6: Discussion Related to Progression for Graduation

Key Points

  • All Forms located in Appendix of Graduate Student Handbook.
  • All 6 Forms must be submitted as per suggested timeline for progression toward graduation—Form submission allows student to progress to next course or major requirement.
  • All 6 Forms must be logged on file before student eligible to Graduate.
  • Review Forms in Appendix and ask questions as needed of advisor.

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

DNP Comprehensive Exam and Capstone Project Timeline

This timeline is designed to assist students in meeting the DNP scholarly requirements in a logical sequence.  This requires that students remain focused on their scholarship and work closely with their faculty advisor and committee members. Some students may require additional time to complete these requirements.  A series of forms, or memorandums are required to indicate, to the Graduate Program Director, the completion of your milestones.  Samples of these forms are found in Graduate Handbook, and are Forms 1-6.

DNP FORM 1 – Discuss with your advisor the practice area problem that you are interested in examining. Complete and submit DNP Form 1 - “Pre-Planning for the DNP Comprehensive Exam and Capstone Scholarly Project” at least 2 weeks before beginning the course 790G.  This form is to be completed by both the student and the advisor.  The advisor submits the form to the DNP program office for filing.

During Nursing 790G Research Translation you will be asked to Complete CITI course in the Responsible Conduct of Research found at www.citiprogram.org/rcrpage.asp.  Submit the results to the DNP Program Office for filing.

DNP Form 2 – “Intent to Schedule the DNP Comprehensive Exam”. Students should submit this form to the DNP Program Office in early September.

DNP Form 3 – “Successful Completion of DNP Comprehensive Examination” and an electronic copy of the exam to the DNP Program Office. Students should pass their Comprehensive Exam by mid-October.

DNP Form 4 – “Formation of DNP Capstone Scholarly Project Committee”.  Students should submit this form by the end of October.

DNP Form 5 – “Approval DNP Capstone Scholarly Project Proposal” and an electronic copy of the approved DNP Capstone Project Proposal. Students should submit the first draft of their proposal by early November and have an approved Proposal by the middle of December.

If required, obtain IRB approval from the UMass Human Research Protection Office – http://www.umass.edu/research/.  Students must receive guidance from their project chair before submitting an IRB application.

Implement capstone project in N898A during the last semester of DNP coursework.  .

DNP Form 6 – “Approval of DNP Capstone Scholarly Project” and an electronic copy of the approved Capstone Project with Title Page (with names typed on title page, no signatures required). Should be submitted DNP Office by mid-April if student plans for May graduation ; unless Chair has communicated that May graduation possible if  Capstone Project final work draft acceptable and plan for end May submission secured..

*Note – there is no guarantee of a commencement date until there is successful completion of this timeline.

Present Capstone Scholarly Project to a professional audience; Suggested venue Graduate Scholarly Presentations’ Day before Graduation.

*Note – there is no guarantee of a commencement date until there is successful completion of this timeline.

Present Capstone Scholarly Project to a professional audience; Suggested venue Graduate Scholarly Presentations’ Day before Graduation.

If required, obtain IRB approval from the UMass Human Research Protection Office – www.umass.edu/research/irb-guidelines-activities-involving-human-subjects-research.  Students must receive guidance from their project chair before submitting an IRB application.


Essentials 7: Discussion of Practicum Policies and Procedures

Key Points

  • Refer to Mrs. Maureen Bailey’s audio and narrative discussion regarding:
    • Establishing Practica and maintaining health records, CORI, Liability Insurance, etc.
    • TYPHON Electronic Practicum Tracking System.
  • *For specific information about selection of qualified preceptors for each role practicum course within the FNP role concentration, please refer to the detailed discussion under the FNP Role portion of this orientation (also located in the Graduate Student Handbook as described).

  • All students will create and maintain a portfolio containing all required material from TYPHON related to: case logs, reflections, preceptor/site evaluations, and case analyses, etc. AND evidence of coursework (for each course) including: major papers, projects, comps and capstone work, etc. for use in interviewing and for verification purposes for certification bodies.

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

DNP Role Concentration Course Sequencing

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is focused on advanced nursing practice, and requires a core of theoretical knowledge and a significant number of practice hours. The UMass School of Nursing DNP curriculum adheres to the requirements of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), “Essentials of DNP Education", and the guidelines established by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and The American Association of Community Health Educators.   Nationally, DNP programs in any practice role should include between 800-1000 practice hours. The UMass Amherst DNP program stipulates that all students engage in practicum experiences to fulfill the hours required of a practice doctorate. Post Master’s DNP students are required to document the number of practicum hours they obtained in their previous master’s degree program.

How to Select Preceptors

All DNP students are required to secure their own practicum placements and preceptors in quality health care agencies or practices.  The DNP program is an online program, with students located in communities throughout the United States and globally. As is typical of schools that have online programs servicing a broad base of students, it is not possible for faculty to secure preceptors for all students.  However, the School of Nursing is currently preparing to hire a placement liaison who will coordinate student placements and site visits.  Be on the lookout for an update regarding Placement assistance.

Preceptors should hold advanced degrees (a graduate degree) in nursing or medicine. Nurse Practitioners (MS prepared NP experts or DNP graduates) or physicians are preferred preceptors, but Physician Assistants (PAs) may be approved on a case by case basis. School of Nursing faculty instructors must approve all preceptors before a student can begin a practicum experience. 

Preceptors and agencies are selected based upon their best fit with the course objectives and practicum focus for each course.  Students must submit all required practicum documents well in advance of any experiences with an agency or community preceptor. Practicum guidelines and required documents are located in both the Preceptor Handbook and the Graduate Student Handbook.  See Appendix E for inclusions.

Please plan well in advance with placement liaison to secure, in writing, on the Preceptor/Faculty/Student Agreement Form, a preceptor or preceptors for each practicum course.  It can work best if a student plans for and secures an approved preceptor or preceptors for courses even a year in advance. Some students have secured all preceptors for all required practica before the first practicum course begins. Otherwise, it might be difficult to secure a qualified preceptor by the time the practicum must begin. Also make sure whether an agency needs a special Affiliate Agreement for any student to practice within the agency or its consortium well in advance of practica

If a student has not been successful in securing an approved preceptor prior to the beginning of any practicum experience, the student may be required to withdraw from the course. Withdrawal from a course will effect progression through the role and a new Plan of Study must be completed.

*Refer to Mrs. Maureen Bailey’s audio discussion regarding establishing practica and the material included in the Graduate Student Handbook and Preceptor Handbook appendices.


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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Role

Key Points

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Discussion

Students enrolled in the DNP/FNP role cannot begin FNP role courses until they are able to progress through the 5 course/6 practicum sequence in 6 consecutive semesters, culminating in graduation and application for a national FNP certification exam. Prior to beginning any advanced role courses in the DNP/FNP program, students must successfully complete the care core courses:  N615 Advanced Pathophysiology, N619 Advanced Pharmacology and N614/N698A Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning. Students must also have completed (or take concurrently) N703 Pharmacotherapeutics and N670 Family Systems and Interventions when enrolled in the first role courses in the sequence, N614 and N698A.

In the DNP/FNP program curriculum, there is a series of 5 theory courses with 5 concurrent practicum courses that provide content and experience in the role area of advanced primary care/family nurse practitioner. After completing these role courses, students will engage in the Final Immersion Practicum (the 6th and final practicum course), taken during their final semester in the DNP program. All FNP students are required to take these courses, unless they have a Master’s degree in a nurse practitioner role, and have received some course waivers at the time of admission. These courses build upon each other and must be taken in the sequence outlined in the DNP/FNP Plan of Study.  This course sequence is offered every year, and students must follow their Plan of Study in order to efficiently progress in the program. Any deviance from the signed, current, Plan of Study will place students in jeopardy of falling out-of-sequence and will require a new Plan of Study with a new trajectory to graduation.

To further clarify the DNP/FNP practicum component: the 6 practicum courses total a minimum requirement of 1008 clinical contact hours. Three of these courses are 3 credit practicum courses that require 168 hours of supervised practice each, for a total of 504 hours; one course is a 1 credit practicum that requires 56 hours; and one course is a 2 credit practicum for 112 hours. In the final semester in the DNP program, students will also take the Final Immersion Practicum for 6 credits (336 hours – of which 150 hours may be used to implement the required Capstone Scholarly Project; about 120 hours will be supervised clinical contact hours with individuals of all ages; and about 66 hours will be individually negotiated with faculty of record for course for special considerations).

FNP Role Courses and Sequencing

FNP Role Course Sequence from Overall Plan of Study

*Courses must be taken in sequence

 

Prerequisite Courses

Spring Semester –Practicum Course 1

 

N615 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr.)

N619 Advanced Pharmacology (3 cr.)

N614 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (3 cr.) and N698A Practicum (1 cr.=56 contact hours))

N670 Family Systems and Interventions (3 cr.)

N703 Pharmacotherapy Management (3 cr.)

 

Summer Semester

Practicum Course 2

Fall Semester

Practicum Course 3

Spring Semester

Practicum Course 4

N697D Primary Health Care of Women (2 cr.) and N698W (2 cr.=112 contact hours)

N610 Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (3 cr.) and N698E (3 cr.=168 contact hours)

N620 Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults (3 cr.) and N698X (3 cr.=168 contact hours)

 

 

Fall Semester

Practicum Course 5

Spring Semester

Final Practicum Course and DNP Residency

 

N797K Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3 cr.) and N798K (3 cr.=168 contact hours)

 

N898A Final Immersion Practicum (6 cr.= 336 negotiated contract hours—see above discussion)

 

Course Descriptions and Preceptor Selection Suggestions

N615 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr.) - This course examines the conceptual basis and specific knowledge of pathophysiology and disease recognition for children and adults as observed in the primary care setting.

N619 Advanced Pharmacology (3 cr.) - This course reviews in-depth the principles of pharmacology for classes of drugs commonly used in various health care practices.  The most pertinent drug classes for nursing practice are included in this course.

N703 Pharmacotherapy Management (3 cr.) – Integration of principles of pharmacology and therapeutic patient care management to construct, implement and evaluate optimal pharmacotherapeutic regimens for patients in various healthcare settings. This course includes an assignment with a local pharmacist.

N670 Family Systems and Interventions (3 cr.) - Selected concepts, theories and research related to family dynamics and family coping, with an emphasis on practice strategies to support family well-being and mental health.

N614 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (3 cr.) and N698A Practicum (1 cr.) – must be taken concurrently. N698A is the first practicum course in the FNP/DNP role concentration sequence.

Content and practicum focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to perform comprehensive health assessments and develop enhanced capacity for clinical reasoning and laboratory test interpretation.  Application of this knowledge occurs in the concurrent clinical practicum N698A, the first clinical practicum experience in the FNP role that affords students the opportunity to develop competence and confidence in a precepted clinical experience while applying knowledge obtained in a concurrent theory course. Students will select an agency and a preceptor in their community and engage in 56 hours of practicum experiences to meet course objectives. The N698A UMass faculty will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with the student’s approved preceptor. This first practicum experience, which starts mid-way through the semester, concentrates on the “Art” of Clinical Reasoning and, therefore, most any qualified provider from a variety of healthcare settings can be appropriate. The concentration of the practicum is for students to learn the techniques and practices of the “Focused Case Visit” and the “Complete History and Exam Visit” to acquire a sound knowledge base in diagnostic reasoning and differential diagnosis prior to launching into the individual patient population courses. NPs and MDs who see patients of all ages in a primary care setting are preferred.

N697D Primary Health Care of Women (2 cr.) and N698W Practicum: Primary Health Care of Women (2 cr.) – must be taken concurrently. Content and practicum focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to assess, maintain, and promote the health and wellbeing of culturally diverse women across the lifespan.  Application of this knowledge occurs in the concurrent clinical practicum N698W.  Students will select an agency and a preceptor in their community and engage in 112 hours of practicum experiences to meet course objectives. The N698W UMass faculty will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with the student’s approved preceptor. Students must recruit providers who see females of all ages--–providers can be NPs or MDs or a combination of both; Nurse Midwives and/or Obstetricians are excellent choices for this rotation as well.  NPs or MDs who specialize in family health can be good choices for preceptors if these providers see enough female patients of varying ages. It may be necessary to secure more than one provider to ensure ability to see females of all ages.

N610 Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (3 cr.) and N698E Practicum: Primary Health Care of Adults (3 cr.) – must be taken concurrently.

Content and practicum focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to assess, maintain, and promote the health and wellbeing of culturally diverse children, adolescents, and young adults.  Application of this knowledge occurs in the concurrent clinical practicum N698E.  Students will select an agency and a preceptor in their community and engage in 168 hours of practicum experiences to meet course objectives. The N698E UMass faculty will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with the student’s approved preceptor. Students must recruit a provider who services infants through young adults either in a family practice or in a practice that specializes in the care of children and young adults. Primary care NPs and MDs or pediatric NPs or pediatricians are appropriate choices for preceptors for this semester. Students will concentrate their experiences with patients with simple acute or stable chronic health problems.

N620 Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults (3 cr.) and N698X Practicum: Primary Health Care of Adults (3 cr.) – must be taken concurrently.

Content and practicum focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to assess, maintain, and promote the health and wellbeing of culturally diverse adults and older adults.  Application of this knowledge occurs in the concurrent clinical practicum N698X.  Students will select an agency and a preceptor in their community and engage in 168 hours of practicum experiences to meet course objectives. The N698X UMass faculty will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with the student’s approved preceptor. Students must recruit a provider who adult patients either in a family practice or in a practice that specializes in the care of adults and older adults. Primary care NPs and MDs and ANPs are preferred choices for preceptors. Internal Medicine Specialists, GNPs, or Geriatricians can be appropriate choices for preceptors for this semester as approved by the faculty. Students will concentrate their experiences with patients with simple acute or stable chronic health problems.

N797K Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3 cr.) and N798K Practicum: Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3 cr.) – must be taken concurrently.

Content and practicum focus is on building knowledge and skills beyond the provision of primary care for singular simple acute or stable chronic conditions of separate populations of patients to a focus on health care of patients of all ages with complex health problems. Application of this knowledge occurs in the concurrent clinical practicum N798K.  Students will select an agency and a preceptor(s) in their community and engage in 168 hours of practicum experiences to meet course objectives. The N798K UMass faculty will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with the student’s approved preceptor. Students must recruit a family provider or a pediatric and an adult provider in order to assure that complex patients of all ages will be seen –providers can be NPs or MDs or a combination of both. Students may also work with various healthcare specialists for a negotiated portion of the contact hours.

Final Spring Semester of Study in the DNP Program

N898A Final Immersion Practicum (6 cr.) - Students may not take this final practicum course until they have an approved Capstone Scholarly Project Proposal. Content and practicum focus is on implementing the full scope of the Doctor of Nursing Practice role.  This practicum consists of 336 hours, of which 150 hours may be allocated to implement an approved Capstone Scholarly Project; the remaining hours are targeted for implementation of DNP role activities with about 120 contact hours reserved for continuation of direct patient care with patients of all ages under the direct supervision of an appropriate preceptor or preceptors and about 66 hours reserved for individual experiences negotiated with faculty of record for course.  The N898A UMass faculty will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with any community preceptors that are selected by the student. The student’s Capstone Project Committee will supervise the capstone project component of this course. Preceptor or preceptors can be same preceptors as for N798K – in fact it may be beneficial for students to contract with same preceptors if there is a “good fit” from N798K experience or any previous practicum courses.

FNP - Sample Four-Year Plan of Study- 84 Credits

SUMMER YEAR 1

FALL YEAR 1

SPRING YEAR 1

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

*could be taken either Summer or Fall

PH540 Introductory Biostatistics – 3 cr.

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

N735 Healthcare Informatics – 3 cr.

*could be taken either Summer or Fall

N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.

N715 – Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.

PH630 Principles of Epidemiology – 3 cr.

SUMMER YEAR 2

FALL YEAR 2

SPRING YEAR 2

N690E Nursing Ethics, Health Policy and Politics – 3 cr.

N725 Leadership of Public Health Systems – 3 cr.

N701 Healthcare Quality – 3 cr.

N615 Advanced Pathophysiology – 3 cr.

N619 Advanced Pharmacology – 3 cr.

N670 Family Systems & Interventions – 3 cr.

N703 Pharmacotherapy Management – 3cr.

N614 Adv. Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning – 3 cr.

N689A Practicum – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

SUMMER YEAR 3

FALL YEAR 3

SPRING YEAR 3

N697D Women’s Health -2 cr.

N698W Practicum: Women’s Health – 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

N610 Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr.

N698E Practicum: PHC of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.

N620 Primary Health Care of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr.

N698X Practicum: PHC of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

N790G Research Translation in Nursing– 3 cr.

SUMMER YEAR 4

FALL YEAR 4

SPRING YEAR 4

SCH-MGMT 680 Organizational Behavior – 4 cr.

Comprehensive Exam

N797K Complex Health Problems in Primary Care – 3 cr.

N798K Practicum: Complex and Chronic Care – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

N890A Capstone Project – 3 cr.

Comprehensive Exam

N898A Final Immersion Practicum/Residency – 6 cr.(336 contact hours)

FNP – Sample Five-Year Plan of Study- 84 Credits

SUMMER YEAR 1

FALL YEAR 1

SPRING YEAR 1

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

* (Could be taken Summer or Fall)

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

N735 Healthcare Informatics – 3 cr.

*(Could be taken Summer or Fall)

N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.

PH630 Principles of Epidemiology – 3 cr.

SUMMER YEAR 2

FALL YEAR 2

SPRING YEAR 2

N690E Nursing Ethics, Health Policy and Politics – 3 cr.

N701 Healthcare Quality – 3 cr.

PH540 Introductory Biostatistics – 3 cr.

N715 – Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.

N670 Family Systems & Interventions – 3 cr.

SUMMER YEAR 3

FALL YEAR 3

SPRING YEAR 3

N725 Leadership of Public Health Systems – 3 cr.

N615 Advanced Pathophysiology – 3 cr.

N619 Advanced Pharmacology – 3 cr.

N703 Pharmacotherapy Management – 3cr.

N614 Adv. Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning – 3 cr.

N689A Practicum – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

SUMMER YEAR 4

FALL YEAR 4

SPRING YEAR 4

N697D Women’s Health -2 cr.

N698W Practicum: Women’s Health – 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

N610 Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr.

N698E Practicum: PHC of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.

N620 Primary Health Care of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr.

N698X Practicum: PHC of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

N790G Research Translation in Nursing– 3 cr

SUMMER YEAR 5

FALL YEAR 5

SPRING YEAR 5

SCH-MGMT 680 Organizational Behavior – 4 cr.

Comprehensive Exam

N797K Complex Health Problems in Primary Care – 3 cr.
 

N798K Practicum: Complex and Chronic Care – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

N890A Capstone Project – 3 cr.

Comprehensive Exam

N898A Final Immersion Practicum/Residency – 6 cr. (336 contact hours)


Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL) Role

Key Points

Graduate Student Handbook (relevant sections):

Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL) - Role Course Sequence

In the DNP/PHNL program curriculum, there is a series of 3 theory courses with 3 concurrent practicum courses that provide content and experience in the role area of advanced public health nursing. After completing these role courses, students will engage in the Final Immersion Practicum N898A, taken during their final semester in the DNP program. All PHNL students are required to take these courses, unless they have a Master’s degree in Community or Public Health Nursing, and have received some course waivers at the time of admission.

The PHNL program consists of a total of 4 practicum courses, for a total of 840 practice hours. Three of these courses are 3 credit practicum courses that require 168 hours of supervised practice, for a total of 504 hours. In the final semester of the DNP program, students will take the Final Immersion Practicum N898A for 6 credits (336 hours – of which 150 hours may be used to implement the required Capstone Scholarly Project).

The three (3) theory courses in the PHNL sequence are designed to provide instruction in Advanced Public Health Nursing. In the 3 concurrent practicum courses, students implement the knowledge they acquire in the companion theory courses. These courses must be taken in sequential order, as they build upon each other. The Final Immersion Practicum course, N898A, is not taken until the last semester of the student’s coursework in the DNP program.

PHNL Role Course Sequence

Fall Semester I

Spring Semester I

N640 Advanced Public Health Nursing I (3 cr.)

N698L Practicum (3 cr.)

Fall Semester II

Spring Semester II

N790P Advanced Public Health Nursing II (3 cr.)

N798P Practicum (3 cr.)

Fall Semester III

Final Spring Semester of Study in the DNP Program

 

N790L Contemporary Issues in Public Health Practice (3 cr.) and N798L Practicum (3cr.)

N898A Final Immersion Practicum (6 cr.)

 

Year I:

N640 Advanced Public Health Nursing I (3 cr.) (Fall) and N698L Practicum: Advanced Public Health Nursing I (3 cr.) (Spring). Content and practicum focus is on conducting a Comprehensive Community Assessment and a targeted Needs Assessment. Application of this knowledge occurs in the concurrent clinical practicum N698L.  Students will engage in 168 hours of practicum experiences to meet course objectives. This practicum is conducted in a community that the student chooses. The N698L UMass course faculty member will supervise this first practicum course. Students will not need an outside community preceptor for this course. However, by mid-semester students should be identifying a preceptor and an agency that they will affiliate with in the next practicum course, N798P, offered in next spring semester.

Year II:

N790P Advanced Public Health Nursing II (3 cr.) (Fall)  and N798P Practicum: Advanced Public Health Nursing II (3 cr.) (Spring).  Content and practicum focus is on program development and evaluation in the field of public health.  Application of this knowledge occurs in the clinical practicum N798P. This practicum should be conducted in the same community as the previous practicum course, N698L. Students will select an agency and a preceptor in the community and engage in 168 hours of practicum experiences to meet course objectives. The N798P UMass faculty member will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with the student’s community preceptor.  

Year  III:

N790L Advanced Public Health Nursing III (Contemporary Issues in Public Health Nursing) (3 cr.) (Fall) and N798L Practicum: Advanced Public Health Nursing II (3 cr.) (Spring) – must be taken concurrently. Content and practicum focus is on current issues in public health nursing practice. Students will select and agency and a preceptor in the community and engage in 168 hours of selected practicum experiences to meet course objectives. The N798L UMass faculty member will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with the student’s community preceptor

Final Spring Semester of Study in the DNP Program:

N898A Final Immersion Practicum (6 cr.) - Students may not take this final practicum course until they have an approved Capstone Scholarly Project Proposal. Content and practicum focus is on implementing the full scope of the Doctor of Nursing Practice role.  This practicum consists of 336 hours, of which 150 hours may be allocated to implement an approved Capstone Scholarly Project; the remaining hours are targeted for implementation of DNP role activities.  The N898A UMass faculty member will supervise this practicum course in conjunction with any community preceptor’s that are selected by the student. The student’s Capstone Project Committee will supervise the capstone project component of this course.


 

Public Health Nurse Leader - Sample Four-Year Plan of Study- 82 Credits

Summer Year 1

Fall Year 1

Spring Year 1

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

(*Could be taken Summer or Fall)

PH620 Intro to US Health Care System – 3 cr.

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

N735 Informatics for Nursing Practice – 3 cr.

(*Could be taken Summer or Fall)

N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.

PH630 Principles of Epidemiology – 3 cr.

PH565 Environmental Health Practices – 3 cr.

Summer Year 2

Fall Year 2

Spring Year 2

N690E Nursing Ethics, Health Policy, and Politics – 3 cr.

N725 Leadership in Public Health Systems – 3 cr.

 

N640 Advanced Public Health Nursing I – 3 cr.

PH540 Intro to Biostatistics – 3 cr.

PH XXX Elective in Public Health – 3cr

N698L Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice I– 3 cr.

N715 Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.

PH601 Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health Ed – 3 cr.

Summer Year 3

Fall Year 3

Spring Year 3

SCH-MGMT 680 Organizational Behavior – 4 cr.

PH XXX Elective in Public Health – 3 cr.

N790P Advanced Public Health Nursing II – 3 cr.

N701 Health Care Quality – 3 cr.

N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.

N798P Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice II– 3 cr.

N790G Research Translation in Nursing – 3 cr.

PH628 Financial Management of Health Institutions – 3 cr. (or similar course)

Summer Year 4

Fall Year 4

Spring Year 4

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Exam

N790L Contemporary Issues in Public Health Practice – 3 cr.

N798L Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice III – 3 cr.

N890A Capstone Project – 3 cr.

Comprehensive Exam

N898A Final Immersion Practicum/Residency – 6 cr.

Public Health Nurse Leader - Sample Five-Year Plan of Study- 82 Credits

Summer Year 1

Fall Year 1

Spring Year 1

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

*Offered both Summer & Fall semesters

PH620 Intro to US Health Care System – 3 cr.

PH 565 Environmental Health Practices – 3 cr.

*N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

N735 Informatics for Nursing Practice – 3 cr.

*Offered both Summer & Fall semesters

N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.

PH601 Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health Ed – 3 cr.

Summer Year 2

Fall Year 2

Spring Year 2

N690E Nursing Ethics, Health Policy, and Politics – 3 cr.

 

N640 Advanced Public Health Nursing I – 3 cr.

PH540 Intro to Biostatistics – 3 cr.

 

N698L Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice I– 3 cr

PH630 Principles of Epidemiology – 3 cr.

N715 Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.

Summer Year 3

Fall Year 3

Spring Year 3

N725 Leadership in Public Health Systems – 3 cr.

N790P Advanced Public Health Nursing II – 3 cr.

N701 Health Care Quality – 3 cr.

N798P Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice II– 3 cr.

PH628 Financial Management of Health Institutions – 3 cr. (or similar course)

Summer Year 4

Fall Year 4

Spring Year 4

PHXXX Elective in Public Health – 3cr.

N790L Contemporary Issues in Public Health Practice – 3 cr.

N798L Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice III – 3 cr.

PHXXX Elective in Public Health – 3 cr.

N790G Research Translation in Nursing – 3 cr.

Summer Year 5

Fall Year 5

Spring Year 5

SCH-MGMT 680 Organizational Behavior – 4 cr.

N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.

N890A Capstone Project – 3 cr.

Comprehensive Exam

N898A Final Immersion Practicum/Residency – 6 cr.

 


Student Requirements


Welcome from Karen Ayotte, DNP Program Manager

Karen Ayotte
Skinner Hall - Room 104
(413) 545-1302
kayotte@nursing.umass.edu

Welcome! My name is Karen Ayotte, and I am the DNP Program Manager. I manage the DNP Program Office which is responsible for student admission, progression, retention and graduation.

In my role, I assist in all aspects of:

  • enrollment management
  • advisement
  • plans of study
  • scheduling of Continuing Education courses
  • graduation preparations

...and much more. I have a long history and extensive background regarding academic affairs within the School of Nursing and widespread knowledge of the university’s graduate program requirements, therefore, I can help guide you through the School of Nursing and the University of Mass/Amherst systems. If ever you are on the UMass campus, please stop by and say hello!

Please view and listen to the links below to get started at the University:


Student Requirements 1

Sign-up for a UMass Email Account, Access SPIRE, and Register for Courses

The University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and the School of Nursing only use students UMass email accounts; correspondence will ONLY be sent to student accounts, not yahoo’s, gmails or any other type.  Make it your priority to either check your UMass account everyday, or, have it forwarded to your personal non-umass accountA successful graduate student checks their student email account everyday! Get started with UMail: http://www.oit.umass.edu/email.

Register for courses:

Students can register for courses two ways.  Either by SPIRE https://www.spire.umass.edu/, or by http://www.umassulearn.net. If a student encounters problems registering, it is recommended to go through umassulearn.net.  If you need further assistance, contact your program assistant for help.  It is highly recommended that students register the day registration opens.  Please watch your student email account for Registration Letter which comes once each semester.

Access SPIRE:

You can access SPIRE from the UMass homepage at www.umass.edu.  A tutorial on how to use SPIRE is available from http://www.oit.umass.edu/spire. Knowing your way around the SPIRE system before courses start can be very helpful.


Student Requirements 2

Get a Student Identification Card

Student identification card (UCard) – Online graduate students do not need to purchase a UCard, however if you wish to purchase a distance learning student identification card, you may do so at the site below.  Please read to see if purchasing a University ID card is right for you.

http://services.jsatech.com/index.php?cid=119

Get a student name badge for clinical:

Students may purchase a name badge for their clinical experiences by emailing Annette Herda in the University Store.  Please identify yourself as a Nursing Graduate Student, and which track you are in.  Annette will verify the spelling of your name, and will collect the fee at that time with a credit card.  Name badges will be mailed to your home.  Her email address is: amherda@aux.umass.edu.


Student Requirements 3

Buy Textbooks

Students may purchase books by any means that they choose.

The University Store is a useful place to view the books you'll need for your course:
https://www.bkstr.com/Home/10001-10571-1

A few alternatives to purchasing from the University Store are Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore.


Student Requirements 4

Get to Know the Graduate School

http://www.umass.edu/gradschool

The University of Massachusetts/Amherst Graduate School houses everything “graduate” that you need in order to maintain your status and graduate from UMass.  Familiarize yourself with their website, contacts, and pertinent information.  They hold the official records and will be the one to clear you for graduation.  The Graduate Student Handbook is a must read, and is located at  http://www.umass.edu/gradschool/policies-forms/graduate-student-handbook.

Use the UMass Library System

The UMass Library System is a wealth of information and a place you want to get to know quickly.  Check out the site below, first on how you can borrow and access information, and second, visit their homepage to familiarize yourself with the resources available to you.
http://www.library.umass.edu/services/borrowing

 

Documents for download:

APA Formatting Basics

Bibliographic Instruction

Database Import Instructions

Electronic Library Resources

Helpful Library Sites

Using Pico

↓Download all Library files


Student Requirements 5

Get Information on Financial Aid

Start here to get basic information on Financial Aid:
http://www.umass.edu/umfa/.

School of Nursing Scholarship information can be found on our website at:
http://www.umass.edu/umfa/.


Student Requirements 6

Get copies of Your Plan of Study

A student may get an updated plan of study at any time from their program manager by emailing kayotte@nursing.umass.edu. A “blank” plan of study showing all 82 credits required is available in the School of Nursing Graduate Student Hand Book.  However all students MUST work off the plan of study that was assigned to them, and not vary from the plan.  The School of Nursing is not responsible for students who do not follow their plan without advisement. CNL or PhD students may contact cmendoza@nursing.umass.edu for their most up to date plan of study.


Student Requirements 7

Clinical Practicum

Students do their clinical practicums in the state in which they live.  It is the students’ responsibility to find their preceptors, and with the help of the instructor find clinical placements.  It is critical that students read all important material regarding clinical, so that they are cleared and ready to start a practicum.


Student Requirements 8

Sneak Peak at Graduation

Students are cleared for graduation upon completion of all course work, submission of all DNP Forms, and passing grade on Capstone Project.  UMass Amherst offers a May, August or December degree granting period.  Right before May commencement, the School of Nursing traditionally has a “Graduate Scholarly Forum” in which graduating students come to campus to present either a powerpoint, or a poster of their culminating work.  The day concludes with a celebratory dinner, with the next day being Graduate Commencement.


Student Requirements 9

Forms: Demographic Survey and DNP Orientation Checklist

  1. You are required to complete the following Demographic Survey for 2012 (short online survey).
  2. You are required to complete the DNP Checklist form (Microsoft Word Doc). Please download the form, and follow the instructions within. The completed form should be emailed to Karen Ayotte at kayotte@nursing.umass.edu.

Student Requirements 10

Summary Overview

Students benefit by orienting themselves to the expectations of the School of Nursing, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Here is summary and overview of the first things that you need to do as you begin your career as a graduate student:

  • Create UMass email account (UMail) and forward it to your personal email account.
  • Gain Access to SPIRE
  • Understand how to register for courses, and when the deadlines are for registration.
  • Prepare your computer for online courses.
  • Get a name badge and ID if you need one.
  • UMass Library system
  • Become Familiar with the Graduate School

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Clinical Practica Information


Welcome from Maureen Bailey, Student Support Services Coordinator

Maureen Bailey
Skinner Hall - Room 136
(413) 545-5056
bailey@nursing.umass.edu

Hello Everyone! My name is Maureen Bailey, and my position is Coordinator of Student Support Services. In this role I function on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. As you enter your program, I will be working with you to:

  • complete your CORI form
  • bring your health records up-to-date
  • remind you about expiring professional liability insurance and CPR.

Later, as you solidify a partnership between your preceptor and faculty member, I will work with you to finalize affiliation agreements between agencies. Finally, as your clinical practicum becomes reality, I will be entering information into Typhon (our Nurse Practitioner Student Tracking System), which you and your preceptor will utilize during your practicum experience.

I look forward to helping you from start to graduation!

Please review each of the sections below to get started with the forms and records that you'll need to complete as a part of your practicum.


Clinical Practica 1

CORI Form

The Criminal Offender Record Information Form is due upon admission. You must attach a copy of your driver's license and/or passport with submission.

The form can be found online at the www.mass.gov site.

You will renew this form for every year you are in the program.


Clinical Practica 2

Affiliate Health Care Record Form

The Affiliate Health Care Record Form is due at least 4 weeks prior to your first practicum.

Please pay special attention to the blood work and immunizations that will be necessary.

You will need your doctor to sign and date the form.

If there are problems with the form, I will return it to you for correction.

Download the Student Affiliate Health Record Form (Microsoft Excel).


Clinical Practica 3

Affiliation Agreement and Student-Faculty-Preceptor Agreement Form

For your first practicum experience, some agencies will require you to have an affiliation agreement. This can be an involved process! I am your first point of contact for these agreements.

We will work together closely to make the agreements a reality.


Clinical Practica 4

RN, CPR and Liability Insurance

To complete your records for the University, you will need to send a copy of:

  • your RN license
  • your CPR card, both front/back (In-person classes only; online CPR certification is not permitted)
  • your professional liability insurance (student insurance); please apply online: www.nso.com

Clinical Practica 5

Typhon and Concluding Remarks

The Typhon tracking system is the computer program you will use to track your practicum experiences. You will be assigned a login id and password to enter the system. When I receive the preceptor-faculty-student agreement, I will send your preceptor his/her login information.

There are tutorials within that will explain how to use Typhon within the program. Like all computer programs, occasionally there are issues with the program please write or call me if these occur.

Thank you for listening, and please feel free to contact me with any questions!


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Blackboard Vista Tutorial Videos

These Blackboard Vista tutorial videos are intended to guide you through the online learning environment that you will be using with UMass Amherst School of Nursing. Please watch each of these videos before you begin your classes to become familiar with the learning tools you will be asked to use as a part of your course.