In order to achieve the terminal DNP competencies, a total of 1,000 post-baccalaureate clinical practice hours are required. DeSales requires a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours obtained during a master of science in nursing program as part of the admission criteria for the DNP in Clinical Leadership.
For the Executive Leadership Track, the Graduate Admissions and Standards Committee will perform a gap analysis of all post-Master’s applicant transcripts to determine the amount of hours of practice post-baccalaureate is required in order to achieve the DNP competencies. The program will provide up to 1,000 hours of practice post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program that aligns with the corresponding DNP Essential(s) and to verify that standards specific to advanced practice have been met.
All DeSales DNP students will complete an additional 525 hours as part of the Scholarship Residency, Leadership Residency, and DNP Capstone courses.