Bridge Option for Students with a DNP

Walden offers students who hold a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree (DNP) a shorter path to the PhD in Nursing.

Recognizing your previous academic progress, we will apply up to 26 credits toward your doctoral program, significantly reducing the time to completion and your total costs. The accelerated program builds on your current knowledge and experience with scholarly research and relevant coursework that will further prepare you for leadership positions in nursing administration, policy, or academia.

Eligibility Requirements

  • DNP from Walden or another accredited university

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 55-65 quarter credits* 
    • Research courses (20 cr.)
    • Core courses (10 cr.)
    • Focus area courses (5-15 cr.) students can earn an additional 10 transfer cr. by choosing a focus area congruent with their DNP clinical area of expertise
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days (students will participate in four residencies during their second, fourth, sixth, and eighth terms)

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required 5 terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 8001 Course Foundations and Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing Credits (1 cr.)

Research Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Research Elective - choose one
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 8250 Course Advanced Theoretical and Scientific Perspectives in Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)

Focus Area Courses

Choose from any of the 5 focus areas: Education, Healthcare Admin, Interdisciplinary Health, Leadership or Population Health


Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8880G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Dissertation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 9000 Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*Note: The number of credits eligible from non-Walden University DNP degrees may be different based on Walden Admissions evaluation. Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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