The School of Nursing now offers the opportunity for the Professional Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or is prepared at Master of Science in Nursing level as an Advanced Practice Nurse to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctorate designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to lead practice changes based on evidence to improve patient outcomes in complex healthcare systems.
- In Spring 2014, Millikin University launched the DNP for individuals who are preparing to become nurses who seek to complete the practice doctorate as their highest earned academic degree. (BSN-DNP
- Students in the Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthsia Program (NAP) are enrolled as a cohort in the DNP.
- Progression must be continuous and full-time throughout the program of study.
- The BSN to DNP (NAP) degree consists of 88 credit hours and includes 2400+ hours of clinical practice and residency.
- An advanced (graduate level) statistics course must be completed prior to admission.
- Typically, DNP (NAP) students are enrolled in the Graduate Core courses on Fridays and in the DNP Core and DNP Specialty courses from Monday through Thursday each week. Theory and practice schedules are set by the School of Nursing in collaboration with its practice partners and often fall outside of the traditional academic calendar published in the Millikin Bulletin.
- The DNP (NAP) graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).
The Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847.65. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for March 2016.
Preparing for a Life of Meaning
The School of Nursing faculty earnestly believes that the best nurse is one who is well-rounded, both professionally and personally. We are committed to delivering on the promise of education as described in the mission of the University.
- We prepare students for professional success. Our students have a 100% placement rate and are highly sought by prestigious health care facilities across the country. Our graduates practice evidenced-based care within an ethically-grounded framework, they engage in life-long learning, and they strive to become leaders in the nursing profession.
- We prepare students for democratic citizenship in a global environment. Our nursing curricula are soundly based both upon the liberal arts and the natural sciences. This places our graduates in the unique position to work with individuals from a variety of cultures, to think critically, and to act as advocates for our patients’ well-being – both within and outside of the formal health care system.
- We prepare students for a personal life of meaning and value. Our students have the opportunity to be engaged as integral members of the University and their broader communities. Our alumni consistently demonstrate active engagement in leadership, service, and community outreach.